Student Housing in the Netherlands

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    • James
      June 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #34061

      How serious is the international student housing crisis in the Netherlands? What can we do to best prepare as we apply to schools there?

    • Beyond The States
      June 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #34178

      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.

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      June 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #60973

      Could you talk a little more about which Dutch cities are better or worse for housing?

      Also, it looks like University Colleges often guarantee housing for at least a year or two. Are there any catches there? (Beyond needing to get admitted, of course!)

    • Kristin Hamaker
      June 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #61498

      The housing crisis in the Netherlands is pretty widespread across the entire country, and in most cities. With regard to university colleges, it’s true that most Dutch university colleges guarantee housing for their students – for all 3 years of the program. But there are a few of these schools that don’t – you’ll have to confirm with the school itself. I assume, like so much in the Netherlands, this will continue to be in flux, and so it’s important to be in direct contact with the school itself on what their current (and/or upcoming) housing status is.

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