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Campus development

Flexibility, sustainability, and being cost conscious are important parameters for campus development

The university owes it primary right to life to education and research. This requires buildings where students can attend lectures and staff can present them, where they can carry out research, and where they can support students with their studies. Our buildings, dating from the 70’s, are overdue for renewal and replacement because they no longer meet the demands of the current time and are expensive in terms of maintenance and energy use. Flexibility, sustainability, and being cost conscious are important parameters for campus development. New education and work modalities are being shaped currently and in the future by the buildings’ new designs and configuration. The advent of student housing and more elaborate sporting and cultural programmes will increasingly transform the campus into being part and parcel of the city.

VU Amsterdam, as an organic part of Amsterdam, is an (international) community that partners with other centers of knowledge, and cooperates with social organizations as well as the corporate community. The VU campus has all the requisite facilities for education and research and offers modern laboratory facilities (e.g., ML-I/II/III Labs and a Human Performance Lab with climate controlled rooms). In 2020 you will be able to visit the theatre or go to a film. The possibility of starting a new company on the campus will be facilitated by the Amsterdam Venture Studios, enabling one to use the knowledge, coaching, and network of researchers and the IXA. On the VU Campus one is moreover in close proximity to talented students.


Campus development

  • Campusplein

    Campusplein is going green
    Mature trees have been planted along the entrance to the campus (Van der Boechorststraat campus entrance), giving a boost to the university’s greenery and sustainability. The refurbishment of the Campusplein entrance is nearly complete. This is the only campus entrance also accessible by car. The goal is to carefully structure traffic flows and to create a safe situation for all. This marks the start of the redevelopment and greening of Campusplein. Underground cables and pipes were also replaced during the refurbishment.

    Campusplein will be given an urban - but green - atmosphere and it will become the heart of the university. The area will be an inviting place to meet, relax, study and work. It will be a safe and sociable place, an outdoor living area where you can sit and work on a terrace or bench, have a meeting or just relax. And even after you have finished your work, there will be plenty to see and do: performances, film screenings, and sports activities in the square. 

    Campusplein will be completely pedestrianized. There will be no more cars parked at ground level, and some of the parking places for bicycles and scooters will also be removed. More shops and restaurants will be built around the Campusplein area, and it will be the site of the first on-campus student housing and a hotel. All this will give it the vibrancy of a small town.

    Virtual campus tour
    Curious to see what our campus looks like? You can check out our campus from the comfort of your own home!

  • Campus of the future

    VU Amsterdam and VUmc campus will double in size, bringing it literally and figuratively in contact with the Zuidas district. The campus of the future is a car-free urban environment with green roofs, inviting squares, underground car and bicycle parks and open buildings. Indoors you can see what’s going on outdoors, and the outdoor spaces encourage interaction. Sustainability is reflected in flexible buildings, Trias Energetica and the quality of urban planning, architecture and infrastructure.

    Studio Hartzema is the university’s urban development consultant for the transformation of the city campus. VU Amsterdam has developed a master plan as a framework for the further development of the area, buildings and outdoor space.

    The new campus will function as part of a future-proof whole thanks to the integrated development of the Knowledge District and Zuidas, together with partners and the City of Amsterdam.

    The new VU Amsterdam campus has everything to remain internationally competitive in the fields of education, research and business. Student apartments, hotels and restaurants, and a wide variety of recreational options bring the entire area to life. In short, the new campus is a focal point in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district where everything comes together in a welcoming, inspiring and ambitious city of knowledge.

  • New University building

    You will be able to enjoy an evening movie in the same space where lectures are given during the day - the New University building will prioritize multifunctionality. It will combine teaching, research and the cultural programme of Griffioen in the same rooms. The building features an underground car park: P3 VU Campus. By moving parking underground the quality of public space will be improved and the campus will feature more green areas. The bicycle parking facility will occupy one story under the new road that is created between the New University building and OZW building.

  • New Research building

    The VU Research building will be a 27,000 m2 bèta medical lab building and is the next step in the renewal of beta housing and research infrastructure. The building will accommodate a wide range of facilities and functions needed for education and research within the Human Health & Life Sciences theme and the departments Physics, Neurosciences, and Earth Sciences.

  • O|2 Lab building

    The O|2 Lab building is one of the first university buildings in the Netherlands built to accommodate a specific research theme. In the O|2 Lab building researchers from VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc jointly tackle socially relevant issues in the field of Human Health & Life Sciences in a state-of-the-art shared research environment. This will result in a mix of fundamental and applied scientific-medical research conducted by chemists, molecular biologists, analysts, biophysicists and bioinformaticians from the university and preclinical researchers from VUmc.