Really permanently urban? An empirical Study of Young Adults’ Short- and Long-term Wishes for Residential Environment as a Contribution to the Debate on Reurbanization Authors Erik Seyfarth TU Dortmund Frank Osterhage Joachim Scheiner DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.88 Keywords: reurbanization, suburbanization, urban development, housing preferences, housing wishes, students, housing biography Abstract The residential migrations and housing preferences of young adults play a significant role in the context of the reurbanization debate. They are regularly identified as amain contributor group to reurbanization. In this context, students are of particular importance for many cities. However, the findings mainly refer to Generation Y (born circa 1980-2000). Regarding the subsequent Generation Z (“post-millennials”), less is known. One way to understand the dynamics and direction of possiblechanging housing environment desires is to ask young adults about how they would like to live after completing their education or later. This paper analyses the housing aspirations of a sample of spatial planning students in Dortmund. To understand the factors influencing housing desires a multinomial logit model is estimated. The main results show, firstly, thatonly very few students want to live urban in the long term, while almost half have rather suburban and small town preferences. A substantial share (28 percent) is even anti-urban. Second, these preferences are determined by the respondentshousing experiences in childhood and adolescence, by intergenerational effects (parents housing preferences andmobility attitudes), by individual mobility attitudes, and by realized everyday mobility. With regard to future spatial development,it can be concluded that reurbanization can by no means be regarded as a self-propelling process. Downloads PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published 2021-08-30 How to Cite Seyfarth, E., Osterhage, F., & Scheiner, J. (2021). Really permanently urban? An empirical Study of Young Adults’ Short- and Long-term Wishes for Residential Environment as a Contribution to the Debate on Reurbanization. Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.88 More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Online First Section Article License Copyright (c) 2021 Erik Seyfarth, Frank Osterhage, Joachim Scheiner This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.