It’s not easy, there’s no doubt. However, it’s rare to hear that a student didn’t find housing, but it may (depending on the Dutch city you’re studying in) take some scrappy and stealth-like energy to source a accommodation there. Ideally the Dutch university you’ve been accepted at has an international student office that guides you on what all of your housing options are, and how/when to apply. There will be a multitude of public and private housing options, and naturally a variety of types of accommodations – and you should be as open-minded as possible. Your university can/should give you contact information for varied agencies and residences, but you can also check out Facebook groups specific to student housing in specific Dutch cities to find rentals and/or roommates. The best advice is to start looking immediately, to get a sense of what your options are, and then when you’re given the green light to formalize a residence, move quickly.