If you have ever talked with a student studying in the Netherlands, they will most likely mention the challenge of finding accommodation. However, as an international student there are certain benefits you get.
International students often apply to international student specific accommodations such as:
Furthermore, it is always possible to live on campus. However, due to the limited rooms early registration is necessary.
- For TU/e students, living on campus is possible.
- For Fonty’s students the department for international students can help out.
Despite all that, you should not fully rely on the university to give you a space, hence organizing a room by yourself is also a must. It is a process and it requires time and effort, which is why universities often advise finding accommodation 1 to 2 months beforehand. When organizing it yourself, it is important to be wary of a room where you can’t officially be registered on that address. Also be wary of scammers and make sure to always get in touch with the owner (calling is advisable) and always view the room first. To arrange a room yourself, you can go through:
- Kamernet. This is an app and website that shows the rooms available in the areas around you. However, there is a cost involved as you will need a premium account (€21 for 15 days and €34 for a month) to react to offers.
- Vestide. This is a website made for student housing. However, it works based on a point system, where you gain points based on how long you’ve been a member (membership is free), thus international and new students are at a disadvantage.
- Holland2Stay. This is a website for those looking for studios and apartments.
- Facebook groups. Joining Facebook groups (such as the group “studenthousing in eindhoven”) is a possibility, but it is very time consuming and can sometimes be filled with scammers. However, as long as you are careful and privately message owners, it can be a way to find a room. Especially with facebook offers, make sure you are able to register on that address.
It’s also good to create a checklist before you need to agree to any rental contract, or refer to this one made (by TU/e) for international students: https://assets.tue.nl/fileadmin/content/Education/4_BecomeTUeStudent/Housing/Rental_Checklist.pdf
Tips for Renting a Room
- See the room before hand. This may be impractical and unrealistic for those of us that live far from the Netherlands, but consider asking for a room tour via Skype or FaceTime!
- Take pictures on first move. This is so that when you move out, you have evidence of how things looked like when you came. This can help prevent unnecessary damage charges that the owner may decide to put on you
- Meet the owner to get to know one another.
- Check if your place qualifies for huurtoeslag (rent benefits) from the government!