Housing in The Netherlands

Housing in The Netherlands can be a bit difficult, especially in cities such as The Hague, Rotterdam and  Amsterdam, which are not just student cities but host several government institutions and big corporations. 

Ideally, students could start searching for housing three months prior to the start of the academic year. Most universities provide their student housing, but due to the increasing number of international students, the universities often fall short on student housing. The good news however is that most housing agencies have a priority rule, i.e. first year students coming from outside The Netherlands are given priority over students that either reside or are from The Netherlands. Below are some of the useful links that students can refer to for housing: 

Room Types and Guidelines

There generally three types of rooms (generally furnished with a few kitchenwares too):

  1. tudios- They have a single room with a shower/toilet and kitchen within the same room. (generally 15-30 m2 in area). 
  2. Single room with shared facilities- These are single rooms and the student would have to share the common area, kitchen and toilet/ shower with one or more persons. 
  3. Shared room with shared facilities: In these apartments the room would be shared with one or more persons and the common area, kitchen and toilet/shower would also be shared with one or more persons. 

The cost of the apartments varies according to location and the type of housing. Generally, studios are the most expensive. However, students above the age of 18 years are eligible for a subsidy (only for studio rooms), also called Huurtoeslag. Students who are above the age of 18 but below 23 years can avail subsidy on studio which have a basic rental cost between 225 and 417 Euros/month and students above the age of 23 years between 225 and 710 Euros/ month. For more information on subsidies that can be availed on housing, please check: Belastingdienst


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