Monthly Archives: May 2004

The hunt for student rooms has started

With the next study year already in sight, many of my fellow students (me included) are starting to look for a new room.

There are various reasons for this. Your old room is either to small, to dirty or to far away from the city center. In my case, I had to make huge additional payments for the electricity costs. For half a year I consumed over 2500 kilowatt hours for a room of 20m² size. The reason for this is not that the computer was running 24/7, no, in my room is only an electrical heater that is not very efficient (= that means is was bitterly cold in winter). This thing just blows the hot air to the ceiling, there it is warm, but on the floor it is, or better was, extremely cold.

The second reason why I was looking for another room was the continously not-working internet connection. We share a connection with 4 people and have a 10 GB download and a 1.5 GB upload limit. The latter one seems to be the problem. Nobody of us is a mass downloader, but if you have to send a lot of power point presentation to your friends, or even use internet telephony services, this limit is reached very quickly. 40 students are living in our student house currently the internet is not working on nearly all four floors.

I now found a cheaper room directly in the center of Maastricht, 60 seconds* away from the university by bike (*requires that there is no heavy traffic on the roundabout), with a proper heating and an unlimited cable internet connection, provided by the university. The bad thing is, however, that I have this room only for half a year because the former inhabitant continues his study abroad during this time.

For those of you, who still need a room in Maastricht, take a look at the following sites:

  • http://www.kamerburo.net
  • http://www.kamernet.nl
  • http://www.studentenhuisvesting.nl
  • http://www.studentenkamers.nl
  • Best Pudding in town

    If you are looking for a nice chocolate or vanilla pudding try for example “Chocolade Vla” from the Albert Heijn , one of the biggest Dutch food store chains. Another nice tasting “vla” (the Dutch word for pudding) is made by Campina. The difference to German pudding is the consistency of the pudding and that you can get it in one-liter-packages. It also tastes much better.