Typical student housing

Dutch universities do not own student accommodation. Instead, the largest share of student housing in the Netherlands is provided by private homeowners, rental companies and social housing corporations. Dutch and international students usually find their accommodation via housing platforms, rental agencies or their social (media) networks.

Student housing types

Students in the Netherlands typically rent unfurnished rooms in flats or houses with other Dutch and international students. Flatmates often share a kitchen, bathroom and a washing machine, and sometimes a communal space.

Group viewings

In the Utrecht region, the existing tenants traditionally choose their new flatmate after a group viewing. This is quite competitive. Students must generally undergo numerous attempts before they successfully find a room.

tips, tricks and things to keep in mind during your search
Students eat together in their common room.
Photographer Leonard Schmal, copyright UU