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. For example, the available facilities differ depending on the offer, the number of housemates may range from 0 to 10+, and student houses may be single or mixed gender.
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.
Many students in the Netherlands rent a private studio. This is a small accommodation, sometimes already furnished, that fits a bed, wardrobe, private bathroom and kitchen in one room. This housing is typically rented out by housing providers or agencies.
Average size: 15 – 35m2
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.