In Holland, students usually do not live on campus but have their own room. Finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem in Holland, as there is a shortage. Make sure you start looking for a room as soon as you are officially enrolled.

Even though Holland does not have a tradition of on-campus accommodation, some universities do offer on-campus housing. We advise you to check at your university whether they can arrange a room. If you are in an exchange programme or on an international course, a room may be arranged for you. Consider accepting it immediately as there is a shortage on student housing.

What to expect

You may have to share the shower, toilet, kitchen and living room with other students. Also, the rooms may be quite small in comparison to what you are used to. It is common for men and women to live together in a shared house. Find out if a room is furnished or unfurnished.

The quality can vary greatly and furnishings can range from just a bed and a chair to a fully-furnished room with internet. If you decide to go for an unfurnished room, you can buy or rent cheap furniture at second-hand shops in your city and they often deliver the furniture for free.

Read more about student housing in the Netherlands on the Dutch Review website

Rent and bills

An average room in Holland costs somewhere between € 400 to € 600 a month. Please note that rooms in a Student Hotel are more expensive. Prices vary as there are public and private housing providers. Before you accept a room, please check which bills (e.g. gas, electricity, internet, TV) are included in your rent.  

Check your contract

Make sure you read your rental contract carefully before signing it. Check what you are allowed to do in your room. For example, you may not be allowed to paint the walls. Also, ask who you should speak to if there is a problem, like a blocked drain.

Please note that rental contracts with a minimum duration or a set period of time are legally not allowed. Also, we advise you not to pay your rent in cash unless your housing provider issues proof of payment. Is the rent you pay a reasonable amount? Find out on Real about Rent.

Housing issues

If you have a complaint about your accommodation, first speak to your housing provider. If you need additional help, ask the housing officer or accommodation coordinator at your university.

For questions or issues about housing you can also go to the Housing Hotline of the Dutch Student Union. They will assist you and use the information anonymously to improve the overall housing situation of international students.

Check Real about Rent for rent issues.

More information

Please note: the list below is not complete and only consists of organisations known to us. We do not check the reliability and quality of the housing providers. This is your own risk and responsibility. Stay critical: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

If you want to look for accommodation yourself, these websites of public and private housing providers might be useful:

Camelot Europe







Smart Wonen

The Student Hotel



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