Housing in the Netherlands

Campus living: your home on Campus Woudestein

Save your spot now in the F-building - just meters away from all your classes!

Embarking on your academic journey in the Netherlands can be exciting, and finding the right place to call home is a crucial step. We understand that navigating the Dutch housing market can be challenging, and that's why we've gathered some essential tips to make your housing search smoother.

Did you know that the Netherlands ranks second on the population density scale in Europe? Begin your housing search well in advance. The demand for housing in popular student cities can be high, and starting early increases your chances of finding suitable options.

Unfortunately, rental scams exist. Be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true, and never transfer money without ensuring the legitimacy of the offer. However, since the pandemic, it is increasingly common to hold online house viewings, so make sure to check out every inch of your possible new place!

Take the time to thoroughly read and understand your rental contract. Pay attention to the terms, conditions, and any additional costs involved. When renting, it is advisable you ask beforehand if the price includes utilities such as gas, water, electricity, etc. Another thing you might need to know is if you need to pay a money deposit for the place you are renting. If yes, then it is useful to find out how much, when and how you get it back.

Ensure that the accommodation allows you to register at the local municipality (gemeente). It is mandatory for anybody who lives in the Netherlands for more than 4 months to register with the municipality for various administrative processes, including obtaining a residence permit.

The Netherlands offers a variety of housing options, from shared apartments to independent studios. In the Netherlands, it is common that facilities, such as toilets, bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms, are shared with your housemates. The prices are usually between €500 and €800 per month, based on size, facilities, location, and whether your room or apartment is furnished or not. Consider your preferences and budget to find the most suitable arrangement.

There are several ways to find housing in Rotterdam. It can be taken care of by an agency, in which case, you describe your requirements for them and pay the fee to do their job. If you don’t want to spend money on agency fees, you can find your new home by yourself.

How do you find housing by yourself? 

Joining local expat or student groups can be immensely helpful. Fellow students often share valuable tips and might even point you to available housing. Below, you will find a list of websites and groups where you can look for accommodation in Rotterdam.


Living on campus 


For the 2024/2025 academic year, IHS has secured 80 rooms* in the conveniently located F-building on the Woudestein campus. These small studio-type rooms are priced affordably at 570 euros per month and come furnished and equipped with essential facilities such as a private kitchenette. This creates a comfortable and private living space for students, allowing them to focus on their studies and immerse themselves in student life.

*Please note that the rooms can be booked by confirmed participants joining one of our MSc Urban Management and Development master tracks on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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