Loneliness during the best days of your life

RNW archive

This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

It should be the time of their lives, but a significant number of Dutch university students suffer from feelings of loneliness. One programme helps these students, by coupling them with seniors, who invite them to live in their homes.