Typical Dutch student housing
Student housing in the Netherlands may be different from what you are used to. On this page you can find more information on what you can expect.
Dutch student housing: What's it like
Dutch universities do not own student housing. Instead, this is offered by private home owners and housing providers. Because of this, student housing is diverse and located all over Utrecht and surrounding towns.
Living with housemates
If you live in student housing with shared facilities, the number of housemates may range from 1 to 10+, and student houses may be single or mixed gender. The landlord is rarely involved with practical matters like cleaning and furnishings. It is common to arrange such matters yourself or together with your housemates.
Searching for a new housemate
Existing tenants mostly get to search for a new housemate themselves. This is usually arranged in direct student-to-student contact and with a group viewing. Because of this, chances of finding housing are low if a parent or caregiver searches for housing on your behalf.
Common types of student housing
Many students in the Netherlands rent a private room that they furnish and decorate themselves. The facilities (like the bathroom and kitchen) are shared with the other housemates. This housing is typically allocated to the top candidate after attending a group viewing.
Average size: 10-17 m2.
Uncommon types of student housing
Shared student rooms with two beds are not common in the Netherlands. Students usually rent a private room or private studio.
It is difficult to find student housing as a couple. Student housing (rooms and studios) usually only allow one tenant.
Landlords and housing providers usually prefer to rent out apartments to working professionals, rather than one or more students.