Dutch universities do not own student accommodation. Instead, the largest share of student housing in the Netherlands is provided by private home owners, corporations and social housing foundations. Dutch and international students usually find their accommodation via housing platforms, rental agencies or their social (media) network.
Types of student housing
Students in the Netherlands typically rent unfurnished rooms in flats or houses with other Dutch and international students. Flatmates often share the kitchen, bathroom and the washing machine, and sometimes a communal space.
In the Utrecht region, the current tenants traditionally choose their new flatmate after a group viewing. This is quite competitive. Usually, students go through numerous attempts before they successfully find a room.