Housing in The Hague


Depending on where you previously lived, housing in the Netherlands might be different from what you are used to. Because the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, housing is on the small side. There is also a high demand for living space so it can take a long time to find a property. Start your search early. Demand goes up in August/September and January/February when students and academic researchers arrive. Keep this in mind when looking for housing.

There are different options for housing in The Hague region, from short-stay accommodation, to renting or buying. There are a lot of different resources and companies that can help in the process of finding somewhere to live. Some short-term options will allow you to register so you are able to get your Citizen Service Number (burgerservice nummer, or BSN).

Types of Housing

Residents of The Hague can choose from a wide variety of accommodation options: apartments or detached houses, to begin with. You’ll find peaceful neighbourhoods flourishing with greenery that have plenty of open spaces and facilities for families. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more compact space in the vibrant city centre, you’ll also find plenty of choice, all with nearby cafés, shops and cultural venues. Most international residents who come to live in The Hague will opt for the flexibility of renting their new home. But if you are planning to stay long-term and have the financial means, you might want to enjoy the benefits of becoming a homeowner.

Districts in The Hague

Living in Scheveningen

Discover what it’s like to live in Scheveningen, The Hague’s beachside district near the city centre.

Living in Loosduinen

Situated between the city and the sea lies the former village of Loosduinen. Find out what it’s like to live there.

Living in Escamp

Learn what it’s like to lead an active lifestyle in Escamp, the Hague’s sportiest and most populous district.

Living in Centrum

Learn what it’s like to live, work and spend leisure time in Centrum, The Hague’s central downtown area.