Housing ads and group viewings
Most housing offers on the private market are posted on various platforms by landlords or existing tenants. Responding to these offers and getting selected for a group viewing is a very competitive and time-consuming process. On this page you can find more info on what to expect and how to get started.
Responding to offers
Due to the high demand for housing there can easily be more than a hundred responses for one single room offer. The advertiser typically does not have the capacity to respond to all received messages. This means that you will often receive no answer when you respond to offers.
How to increase your chances
Responding to offers is a frustrating process that takes a lot of time and effort. To increase your chances, please take the following in account:
Try to stand out
When you respond to an offer, expect that the advertiser will have numerous other students to choose from. Try to stand out with your message, include a photo if you feel comfortable, and adapt your standard message to fit the ad.
Know what they're looking for
Landlords and tenants look for different things in a new tenant. A landlord will want to check if you are dependable and have substantial financial means, while a student tenant will likely want to check if you have similar interests and meet their preferences as a housemate.
If you search for housing offers on platforms you will soon come across the Dutch words ‘hospiteren’ and ‘hospiteeravond’. Most Dutch student residences use this group viewing system.
Hospiteren: How it works
During such a viewing you compete for a room with several other candidates. Most students attend numerous viewings before they are selected as a tenant. Here is how it works:
1. A room becomes available
The existing tenants discuss the preferences they have for a new housemate, such as gender, interests and age. They then post an ad on a platform or search for candidates among their friends.
Students respond to the ad
Once the ad is online, students can respond with a message that includes a short bio and photo. You can expect one offer to easily receive more than a hundred responses.
3. Candidates are selected
The existing tenants browse through the responses and select a number of candidates who meet their preferences. Usually, only the selected candidates receive a reply to their message.
4. A group viewing is hosted
How the viewing is hosted varies. This may be a showing of the room and a casual chat about interests with the other candidates present, or during different time slots. It may also be organised as a party or a get-together. The number of candidates can vary from a small group (4-6 candidates) to 15+ other candidates.
5. A vote on the new housemate
After the viewing, the existing tenants vote on who they prefer to become their new roommate. If the candidate is also interested, they are connected to the landlord to arrange a contract.
Even if you are invited to a viewing, also keep searching for other offers!
Spread your chances
Most students go through numerous viewings before they successfully find accommodation. Even if you are invited to one or two viewings, do not stop your search for other ads and listings! You can find some hospiteert tips on the popular housing platform Kamernet.