Student housing in the Netherlands
Students in the Netherlands generally do not live on campus. The university locations often do not have the capacity for dorm rooms - and most students are used to living on their own when they start a new study. The good news is that sharing housing in the city comes naturally to students; often you will find student houses where everybody has their own room but there is a communal space. It can be difficult to find accommodation, so make sure you start looking for a room as soon as you are officially enrolled.
What to expect?
You will probably have to share the shower, toilet, kitchen and living room with other students. It is common for men and women to live together in a shared house. Also, the rooms can be quite small compared to what you are used to. It is important to find out if a room is furnished or unfurnished. The quality may vary and furnishings can range from just a bed and a chair to a fully-furnished room with internet.
Rent and bills
An average room in the Netherlands costs somewhere between € 400 to € 600 a month. Please note that rooms in a Student Hotel are more expensive. Prices vary as there are public and private housing providers. Before you accept a room, check which bills (e.g. gas, electricity, internet, TV) are included in your rent.
Finding a room
Finding a room in a new country can be a real quest. But if you know where to begin, things can get a lot easier. Here are some useful tips to give you a head start!
Your university may be able to offer you more insight in the best way to find a place to live.
- Going to Leiden University? They offer more information on housing.
- Going to The Hague University of Applied Sciences? They offer more information on housing.
- Going to the Institute of Social Studies? They offer housing to their students.
- Going to TU Delft? They offer more information on housing.
A lot of websites that offer information on finding a room in the Netherlands in general, or more specifically per city.
- ROOM is a great way to start, as it is the central page to find housing with DUWO (the student housing cooperation).
- Need more tips for starting your housing quest in the Netherlands? Nuffic's website Study in Holland offers some information on housing.
- Study in The Hague offers more informaton on finding a room in The Hague.
- Other useful websites for finding a house: Housing anywhere, Kamernet, Pararius and Room To Rent.
There are also many groups on social media, such as Facebook, where students will advertise living space in their shared homes.
- Join the facebook group called ‘Find a room(mate) or house in The Hague – kamer(s) in Den Haag’ with 20.000 members.
What to do when in trouble?
In case of trouble with housing, you can go to one of these organisations for help: