The Michiel de Ruyterweg student accommodation has been opened in 2011. The building houses 297 residents in 236 different units. Most of the students live in their own apartment, but a few share facilities and live together with a number of other students. These group accommodations are mostly meant for international students.
The building comprises two parts, an old one – the so-called villa – and a newer part. The villa used to be a chemistry faculty at the Technische Hogeschool, the predecessor of the Delft University of Technology. Because of that, the building is listed as a national heritage site (link is in Dutch). The faculty used to be bigger than only the remaining villa, but part of it has been demolished to make room for the newer part, which has been designed by the Rotterdam architecture firm KCAP. Other facts and figures can be found at a special page on DUWO’s website.
Before renovation started, the building has not been used for a large number of years. Amongst other things, a scene from the Dutch film Black Book was recorded here.