New youth housing complex opens in Ljubljana

Ljubljana – A new housing complex with almost 110 apartments for people aged 18-29 was inaugurated on Wednesday in Ljubljana in a bid to assist youths in gaining independence, starting family and securing financial freedom. Monthly rent will be some 150 EUR per person.

The first of its kind in Slovenia, the youth complex in Gerbičeva Street, a student dorm district in the south-western part of the capital, features 109 apartments with either single- or twin-bedrooms.

The facility also includes an intergenerational centre with a multi-purpose room, a common room, a kitchen and cafeteria, an office and an atrium. Residents will have 40 parking spots available along with bike racks and EV charging points.

Housing Fund director Črtomir Remec said at the ceremony that the complex was also available to non-Ljubljana residents, adding that employment or education status was not a condition for getting subsidised rental apartments.

The complex is not intended for young families or students, and a tenant may occupy an apartment for a maximum of three years. First residents are expected to move in at the end of July or beginning of August.

This is the first of the three planned youth housing units, the other two being in western Ljubljana and in western Maribor. All three projects are being co-funded by the Council of Europe Development Bank.

Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković is also pleased with such development. “This is true decentralisation. The more housing units outside Ljubljana means less pressure on the capital,” he said, adding this was a “beautiful acquisition.”

Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Andrej Vizjak pointed out that Slovenia’s long term housing strategy is to substantially increase the number of rental apartments as well as build new ones intended for various social groups.

“This pilot project shows how bringing together different generations can help propel young people towards greater independence and enable them to gain ground in their professional and family life,” he concluded.

Development and European Cohesion Policy Minister Zvonko Černač, said that his prior experience in managing a housing fund showed how proper living conditions are one of the fundamental prerequisites for youths to gain independence.