In Amsterdam people have been squatting/occupying houses (‘kraken’ in Dutch) for decades. The SKSU, or the Student Squatting Information Center, provides information on squatting and the right contacts necessary to squat something yourself. In this way, the SKSU aims to provide a direct solution to people without a place to stay and at the same time address issues like housing shortage and vacancy in a political way.
Squatting your own place in a safe and sustainable way can be a complicated process and if you are a foreigner planning to squat something in Amsterdam, we would recommend visiting multiple kraakspreekuren / squatting information centers to ensure you are aware of all the important issues and to get to know as many local and experienced squatters as possible. The SKSU is open on every Thursday, from 19:00 to 21:00, in the Vrankrijk, Spuistraat 216, a legalised squatted social centre in the center of Amsterdam.
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