Claudia, Child of previously Casa residents – Student Business Administration – Lives at Casa since 2013
How did you turn up at Casa?
‘In 2013 I needed to leave my student flat in Amsterdam. Of course I wasn’t really thrilled about looking for a new place, so I had thoughts on going back to my parents in Driehuis. They themselves had lived at Casa in the ‘70’s and urged me to contact Casa. That’s what I did, and soon I received the message I could move in. I doubted for a second, but I eventually said ‘yes’.’
In the end, are you glad you took your parents’ advice?
‘Definitely! For me it was an excellent choice. You get to know so many people. Although not everyone will turn out as your best friend, you really get a connection because of the ‘student campus’ feeling.’
Have you made friendships at Casa?
‘For sure, I did. I had a room on the 11th floor. I was new, just as four other girls on this floor were new. Although there was already a group of 10 people out there who build up quite a good friendship, they were very open towards us newbies. The 11th floor was amazing. I knew everyone and I can say almost everyone was a true friend to me. There was stuff going on all the time, and I truly felt home. People were catching up in our shared kitchen until a late hour. Since I myself work in the hospitality sector, I often came home late. I enjoyed the fact that there was always someone awake to grab a beer with.’
Do you think it is still that much fun nowadays?
‘To me, it has become a bit less fun since lots of students moved out last year. And a lot of new students appeared to be more withdrawn. I only have contact with just a few new people. I must admit, it also has to do with us ‘older’ students. We don’t find ourselves in the kitchen that much anymore and are probably less open for new people. Important for creating friendships is not only the people around you, but also the responsibility you take in it.’
Have you experienced differences in ‘your Casa’ and the Casa of your parents in the 70’s?
‘If I have to belief their stories, there was more contact in between floors back then. They actually knew everyone in the building, while we stayed on our own floor. But well, that could be me as well. I think there are students who do have contact with other students from the other floors. However, my parents seemed more present at Casa. They really lived there, while current students have other lives outside Casa as well. For example, we do sports or fulfill jobs in other places than Amsterdam. Because of that, you find yourself less often at Casa.’
Would you recommend Casa to your own kids?
‘Definitely yes. Casa has been a great experience for me. I absolutely belief it is a very good first home to get to know Amsterdam. The threshold to rent a room at Casa Is quite low in comparison to go out there and find a room all by yourself. You really have a place to call home.’