Finding a place to live
A very important thing to arrange as soon as possible is housing. As it’s not easy at all finding a good place, this is something you have to arrange before arriving in the Netherlands.
In Holland, students usually don’t live on campus but live in student houses across the city.
Some higher education institutions do have some on-campus housing. Check at your institution whether they can arrange a room for you.
Finding your own room
If you need to look for accommodation yourself, our most important advice is: start as soon as possible. In many cities there is a shortage of student accommodation. Check at the institution the housing situation of your city.
For your search these websites of public and private housing providers might be useful:
Please note: the list above is not complete and only consists of organisations known to us. We do not check the reliability and quality of the housing providers. This is your own risk and responsibility. Stay critical.
What to expect
You may have to share the shower, toilet, kitchen and living room with other students. Also, the rooms may be quite small in comparison to what you are used to. It is common for men and women to live together in a shared house. Find out if a room is already furnished or not.
The quality can vary greatly and furnishing can range from just a bed and a chair to a fully-furnished room with internet. If you decide to go for an unfurnished room, you can buy or rent cheap furniture at second-hand shops in your city and they often deliver the furniture for free.
Rent and bills
An average room in Holland costs somewhere between € 400 to € 600 a month. Be aware that rooms in a Student Hotel are more expensive.
Before you accept a room, check which bills (gas, electricity, internet, TV) are included in your rent.
Check your contract
Make sure you read your rental contract carefully before signing it. Check what you are allowed to do in your room. For example, you may not be allowed to paint the walls. Also, ask who you should speak to if there is a problem, like a blocked drain.
You may be offered a rental contract with a minimum duration or a set period of time: beware that this is not legally allowed.
Also, we advise you not to pay your rent in cash unless you get a receipt.
Find out if your rental amount is reasonable on Real about Rent.
Housing and rent issues
If you have a complaint about your accommodation, first speak to your housing provider. If you need help, ask the housing officer at your institution.
If that is not enough, you can also contact the Housing Hotline. They will assist you and use the information anonymously to improve the overall housing situation of international students.