In Holland, students usually do not live on campus but have their own room.
Even tough Holland does not have a tradition of on-campus accommodation, more and more universities offer on-campus housing these days.
There are many options for arranging the accommodation that suits you best, but make sure you start looking for a room as soon as possible.
Finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem in Holland. If you are in an exchange programme or on an international course, a room may be arranged for you. Consider accepting it immediately, or you might regret it later.
Make sure you check at your university whether they can arrange a room. They often have arrangements with student housing organisations such as AlleeWonen, DUWO, De Key, Idealis, Lefier, Stadswonen Rotterdam, SJHT, SSHN, SSHXL, WonenBreburg, Woonbedrijf /Vestide and Woonpunt.
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 (15-24 m2) in comparison to what you are used to.
It is common for men and women to live together in a shared house. If this is a problem for you, you should make this known as soon as possible.
Some accommodation providers have more elaborate services for international students, such as transportation pick up at the airport and assistance in handling administrative procedures necessary for studying in the Holland. You can find more information about this on the websites of the various accommodation providers.
Rent and bills
An average room in Holland costs somewhere between €300 to €600 a month.
Before you take on a room, make sure you check what bills are included in the rent, as this may have a large impact on your budget. Some accommodations include gas, electricity, TV and Internet in the rent, for others you are expected to pay them separately.
Most rental contracts run for at least six months or a year when you are enrolled in a course programme.
Furnished or unfurnished?
Find out if a room is furnished or unfurnished. The quality can vary greatly and furnishings can range from just a bed and a chair to a fully-equipped room with internet. If you decide to go for an unfurnished room, you can buy cheap furniture at second-hand shops in your city.
Check your contract
Make sure you read your rental contract before signing it. Check what you are allowed to do with your room, for example, you may not be allowed to paint the walls. Also, ask who you should speak to if you have a problem, for example a blocked drain.
If you have a complaint about your accommodation, you should speak first to the person directly responsible. If you need help, you can ask the housing officer or accommodation coordinator at your university.
If you want to look for accommodation yourself, you can try these websites: