Luchtfoto campus
Luchtfoto campus

Short and long-term campus development

What changes can we expect on campus in the coming years? The Executive Board adopted the campus plan after receiving positive recommendations from the participational bodies. The campus plan is the translation of the campus strategy into specific construction and renovation projects and programmes up to 2030. The plan also provides a glimpse somewhat further into the future, up to 2040.

Circular housing

The Faculty of Arts (FdL) and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (FFTR) are moving out of the Erasmus building and into new buildings on the site of the current Spinoza building. The campus plan states that future buildings will be as “circular” as possible. Circular building is a sustainable form of construction that uses as many reusable raw materials and as few finite resources as possible. For the new homes of FdL and FFTR, the university will ask architects to develop a plan that meets the functional requirements, but also scores well in terms of circularity. This means that in addition to circular new construction, the Spinoza building can also be retained or partially demolished.

Changes on the east side

Much is changing on the eastern side of the campus. Over the long term, the Linnaeus building will be removed and the Huygens building is expected have an intermediate section added onto it with a second entrance. Consideration will also be given to how Heyendaalseweg, the route taken daily by many students and staff members from the city and the Heyendaal railway station, can be made greener. The matter will be discussed with the municipality, which owns the Heyendaalseweg, and with local residents. The aim is to make the entire campus an even greener, healthier and more biodiverse environment.

Campus heart

The Erasmus Square area will become the vibrant heart of the campus even more than it is now, with a ‘meeting centre’ on the site of the current lecture hall complex and space for student housing in the Erasmus Tower. The university library will have an entrance on the Erasmus Square side and will in turn become an integral part of the heart of the campus.


The buildings and grounds on the campus will be designed to meet the needs that may have changed since the coronavirus pandemic. It is already clear that a separate building with large lecture halls will not be built again. New buildings will have lecture halls and educational spaces that can be used for all faculty education.


The Campus Plan is a guiding document and therefore also a living document. The world around us is changing rapidly. Therefore, the Campus Plan offers room to anticipate this. This does not mean a different plan every year, but it does mean adjusting the plan when insights have changed.

More information and a brief description of all projects and programmes can be found here (in Dutch):

Contact information

Questions? Contact the department Campus Development via 024-3611310.

Organizational unit
Campus Development