A look inside the student apartment of Marloes Jorritsma
Many Student Experience apartments have the same construction and size. Yet they are designed in many different ways: Practical and cozy or minimal and modern, with second-hand items or everything bought new. In this blog we will have a look inside a home of a Student Experience resident on a monthly base. Just because it’s fun to have a look inside, but also to get inspired. This month we had permission to take a look inside the apartment of 23-year-old Marloes Jorritsma in Nautique Living. Marloes is studying Production Performing Arts at the Academy for Theater and Dance and it is her first time living on her own.
‘’After I was admitted to my education, I started looking for student housing in Amsterdam. I expected it to be quite a job, but then I found the new Student Experience project Nautique Living in Amsterdam North and 2 hours later I already had an apartment! It were the last available apartments, because 2 weeks later the complex was fully booked. I am so lucky with this place’’, says Marloes.
Before living at Nautique Living Marloes lived with her parents in Spijkenisse. It is her first step towards independence and she likes it so far: ‘’Everybody has their own apartment in Nautique Living, but you never have to be alone in here. Sometimes I have very long school days and then it is nice to find peace in my own place. Other days I’m look for social contact. There are always people present in the lounge and we are all together in the Nautique Living private Facebook group.’’
When we ask what Marloes likes to do on a free evening and what her favorite hotspots in Amsterdam are, she replies: ‘’Actually I love spending time at home and I really enjoy an evening in my sweatpants just watching Netflix. Also I go back to my hometown every weekend, so I do not spend a lot of free time here. With some fellow students we often go to Café Restaurant Orff. It is a nice place where you can relax, enjoy something to drink/eat and there are many people of the Academy.’’
Marloes describes her style as practical and spacious. ‘’Before I came living here I had an interim year and the chance to save some money. I have bought most of my stuff at Ikea and have it delivered here. So convenient! The bed is from Leen Bakker. Some things, such as lamps, are surprisingly expensive. Fortunately, I received some gifts from family and friends and I’ve had a lot of luck with some sale items. I am most happy with my bed, because sleeping is very important to me haha! I also benefit a lot from practical furniture such as my sofa bed and folding table. The only thing that was missing in my apartment was a coat rack, but I found it last week at the Lidl.’’
Finally, Marloes has some useful interior tips for fellow residents or new neighbors: ‘’Get yourself a medium sized bed instead of a kingsize. You live alone anyway and it fits perfectly against the wall. I also advise everyone to take laminate. I find myself dropping something (like pasta sauce) on the floor on a regular base, so I am glad I don’t have carpet. And if you ever doubt whether something is too big or too small for your apartment, then put down newspapers the size of what you would like to purchase. This way you can determine much better whether something will fit or not.’’