Accommodation remains a key hurdle for international mobility, spotlighted by the HousErasmus+ research, from which the HOME story started. In response, the original HOME (Home of Mobile Europeans) project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme, aimed to provide accessible and quality housing options for mobile European students.
The HOME project ran from 2019 to 2022 and fostered collaboration among universities, students, and student housing providers. The initiative sought to enhance transparency and information sharing about student accommodation at the European level.
Building on the success of HOME, we proudly present HOME²! Launched in December 2023, HOME² is a 30-month initiative dedicated to revolutionising student housing experiences across Europe. HOME² will deliver impactful outcomes, including updated student housing quality labels, policy recommendations, and an improved user-friendly housing solution to allow mobile students to find quality accommodation via the Erasmus+ App.
HOME², coordinated by Politecnico di Milano, addresses the complexities of both university-provided and private accommodations. The partners, who will bring unique expertise to the project, are the Erasmus Student Network, the European University Foundation, the University of Oviedo, the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) and Housing Anywhere.
Launched in September 2019, the HOME project achieved major milestones by December 2022. It established European Student Accommodation Quality Labels, developed a Digital Data Standard for accommodations, and created a technical framework for housing providers. This enabled the publication of housing offers via the Erasmus+ Mobile App. A central online competence centre was set up in January 2022, and by December 2022, the HOME Multiplier toolkit was created, alongside training events for stakeholders.
Home Squared begins with a kick-off meeting in Rotterdam, developing a detailed project plan outlining the research and survey activities.
Research and surveys for students, higher education institutions, housing providers and landlords on housing needs and challenges and guidelines for students on finding accommodation.
Study visits to HEIs and focus groups with student housing stakeholders.
Guidelines for students, higher education institutions, housing providers and landlords on finding/offering accommodation for students, best student housing practices, and market challenges.
HOME² European conference and stakeholders round table.
New quality labels and functionalities in the HOME solution including technical maintenance.
Final HOME² European conference and policy recommendations.