Building permit granted for The Fizz Leiden with 394 student dwellings


Last January, the building permit for complex The Fizz with 394 student houses at the Ypenburgbocht in Leiden was granted to project developer Niersman B.V. As of 2023, the two buildings connected, by a bridge, will be inhabited. This is an important step in reducing the housing shortage among students.

Last year, it was already announced that property developer International Campus has bought the complex, previously known as LIV Leiden, from Niersman and will exploit it under the name The Fizz Leiden.This will be International Campus' second student accommodation in the Netherlands, following Utrecht. This will be International Campus' second student accommodation in the Netherlands after Utrecht.  Rogier Hetterschijt, Head of Acquisitions for the Netherlands at IC Group, noted: "THE FIZZ Leiden is well designed, has a wide variety of rooms of different sizes, is very sustainable and has an abundance of amenities. The property is well connected to the city center, Leiden Central Station, Leiden Bio Science Park and Leiden University."

Ideal for students

The design by Kokon Architecture & Urbanism consists of two building sections connected by a transparent "air bridge." The mass gradually builds up from four to a total of six floors. In total there are 394 student units that meet all the requirements of modern, urban living. The aforementioned air bridge provides space for a number of collective functions such as a gym and activity room for residents to use. This also applies to the lobby and study areas that mix study and recreation in a casual way within the complex. Kokon calls it a prime spot for when you want to live well and study effectively: you'd almost want to be a student again.


Niersman is an all-round construction company active in the Randstad and surrounding regions. For this project they worked together with the Rotterdam architectural and urban design bureau Kokon. The firm designs for housing corporations, project developers and care facilities, among others. Real estate developer International Campus Group purchased the student housing in December 2021. Construction work is scheduled to start in mid-March.