Student Alliance Wageningen (S.A.W.) is the student union of Wageningen. As a union, S.A.W. stands up for the interests of students. We act upon relevant developments on the local and national scale, and take initiative to improve quality of student life. S.A.W. represent all students studying at a higher education institute in (and around) Wageningen. The goal is to optimise living and studying in Wageningen for students. S.A.W. has six key portfolios: Housing, Education, Internationalisation, Mobility, Sustainability and Social-Wellbeing. Next to our portfolios, we are actively participating at the moment in the national campaign against the student loan system #nietmijnschuld by leading the local campaign in Wageningen.
In an ideal situation all students have a room in Wageningen. The room has a decent rental price, is of decent size, has good facilities and is confirmed with an agreement between tenant and landlord. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, there are still rogue landlords and unfair housing corporations. This may cause students to live in bad conditions such as: tiny or dirty rooms, illegal housing, in unsafe buildings or in villages around Wageningen.
Are you interested in student housing and would you like to give your opinion about the housing situation in Wageningen? Then the Housing committee is something for you!
Different trends are surfacing at Wageningen University (WU), which could bring the accessibility and quality of education in jeopardy. If for instance the university grows too much, this could be at the expense of the quality of education. On the other hand, if the growth is controlled by for example a numerus fix, this is at the expense of education accessibility. S.A.W. wants to find a balance between the different trends (e.g. digitalisation) and interests (e.g. quality).
Interested in giving your opinion and talking about education issues in Wageningen? Then the education workgroup could be something for you!
Since Wageningen does not have a train station, the students that come to Wageningen with public transport are dependent on busses. Therefore, the accessibility of Wageningen is dependent on the connection of the busses mainly from: Arnhem (line 352, 51 and 52); Ede-Wageningen (line 88, 86, 84 and 184); and smaller bus lines from station Rhenen (line 50 and 80) and station Kesteren (line 44 and 45). S.A.W. is a member of ROCOV Gelderland (Regionaal Overleg Consumentenorganisaties Openbaar Vervoer). Which is a provincial meeting for consumer organisations about public transport. In these meetings we advise the province and public transport companies about travel frequency and routes. These meetings have really paid off since thanks to us there are extra busses during peak hour from the Campus to station Ede-Wageningen and a night bus from Utrecht to Wageningen.