January 8, 2005 at 8:47 pm #28
When you come to study and live in the Netherlands, you will need a place to stay. Often I hear that international students come to the Netherlands, expecting that they can find a room just within week after arrival. Well, I hate to break it to you but most of the times these students end up with severe housing-problems and pay way too much to hostels, hotels or really bad housing. Mainly because they do not have another choice. You have to understand that the Dutch student-accommodation is all (like 99%) privately owned. Your guest-university does not have any obligation to provide you with accommodation, unless they specifically have said so that they would. But what they offer then if most often a really poor room with a high rent. But that’s not the only problem, because almost all student cities are experiencing shortages when it comes to studentsrooms. This is due to several different reasons, but the primary one is probably that a lot of Dutch students do not move out of their rooms after they get their degree beacuse they can not afford renting a house (these prices have gone up significantly in the last 5 years).
So here is my first tip: Make sure you have your accommodation arranged before you leave your country to come to the Netherlands.
But even when you find a room in the Netherlands there is, like always, at least one catch! In this case that is that in like 95% of the cases you will need to have a Dutch bankaccount before you can rent the room and make your deposit. I know this might be difficult or even be unfair to a lot of students who come from the other side of the world, I am afraid this is not likely to change soon. The system is mainly aimed at Dutch students and not international students. And since there is a room shortage, it is easy to find another person for the room who has a Dutch bankaccount. To make it even more difficult, you will need a Dutch address -and most of the time also your college card already- before you can apply for a bankaccount.
So here is my second tip: When applying for a room, make sure with your landlord that you can pay the first month and the deposit from an International bankaccount. Most landlord, even when you speak English, will assume that you already have a Dutch bankaccount, so clarify this and if possible put it in writing (mention it in the contract). Then when you come to the Netherlands, make sure one of the first things you are going to do is open a Dutch bankaccount! The Dutch banksystem works in such a fashion that it can easily take one to three weeks before you can actually start using the bankaccount.
Finally, try aiming for rooms currently occupied by Dutch students but who will be going abroad as well. As they often want to subrent there room for a limited time and most often they are comfortable with a international student renting their room as they are sure you will get out of the room again at the end of the agreement. You could try checking the [i:c8aac80007]’international student office'[/i:c8aac80007] on your home-university, as they might receive Dutch students in the semester that you will be in the Netherlands. They might be able to put you in contact with these students so you can exchange rooms for that period, or something. Also try to contact the department or [i:c8aac80007]’international student office'[/i:c8aac80007] on your guest-university, as they might be able to put up ads for you or they know Dutch students who are coming to your city during that period. One other solution is of course trying the Internet (like this website or the room-sites in the Links Database).
Hope this helps 🙂May 4, 2005 at 3:31 pm #541
What are the normal prices (high/low) for student accomodation in the Netherlands?
I am planning a visit to Nijmegen University this autumn and I am trying to find out what it will cost me.
Thanks in advance,
-Fiona-August 27, 2006 at 8:29 pm #542
I am tupacjnr, I am in the same circumstance as Fiona. What is the minimum amount required to open an account in Nijmegen.May 30, 2007 at 6:44 pm #543
I know this thread is a little bit old but it is all still true. However there is a new possibility for international students coming to Maastricht. There you can solve all your problems by subleasing the room of a local student who is abroad himself. There is a students project that organises it and it really works out. So you can check http://www.home-abroad.nl and find a nice place there. I was quite frustrated like you all as well but with the website there was no problem anymore.
Hope it works for you too.July 5, 2007 at 11:54 am #544
quetion more to sylvia21, but maybe others can help too. it seems that i now found a room via the web home-abroad, but i have several questions.
did you apply for a room, signed contract etc being abroad and then now just waiting for time to travel to maastricht and to move in? or you are already in maastricht and arranging everything being “at place”? in first case, is it secure to pay fees and deposits? how you arrange key giving etc?August 17, 2007 at 3:47 pm #545
To whomever who will read this.
I am a bit new to this, and not even sure I am posting this in the right place. However, I am in desperate need of accommodation in Maastricht from September 2007! I have been searching the net for weeks now withouth finding anywhere that is up t standards!!
As my course is about to start, and I would like to be somewhat settled in Maastricht before the start, I would appreciate any tips on how to find a nice, clean room in Maastricht.
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