Top Dutch Student Housing Websites Breakdown
When I first moved to Utrecht and started looking for housing I was simply overwhelmed with the amount of different student housing websites. Hence, I thought I would share my and my friends experience with different student housing websites with you. Here is a breakdown of the top 5 Dutch Student Housing Websites: How do they work? How much do they cost? Are they worth it?
Types of student housing in the Netherlands
Before I will elaborate on the top Dutch student housing websites, I thought I would shortly explain to you what kind of housing you can expect when moving to Utrecht / the Netherlands as a student.
Student House / Apartements
One of the most common types of student housing in Utrecht are privately-owned student houses. These houses are rented out to three to six individuals. Depending on the house you might be living with just students or also young professionals. Usually, you will have your own room, often with your own sink and space for your bath stuff, and share the common areas such as kitchen, shower and toilet. The houses I have lived in did not have a common living room but instead, we had a large kitchen table where we would have house dinners together. So don’t be surprised if your house doesn’t come with a living room!
Are you further along in your studies and are looking for a more private space? Utrecht has a limited amount of studios for master or PhD students available. However, these studios often come with a hefty price tag. Also, you might be expected to prove sufficient financial savings to cover rent for your contract length or have a guardian vouch for you. As the housing market in Utrecht is highly competitive, finding a studio will take both a lot of time and luck. Check out my previous post on different ways to find a studio in Utrecht!
Student Housing Cooperations
A popular way among students to find affordable housing is through the official student housing organisation SSH. The organisation has complexes and facilities across Utrecht, including directly on campus (de Uithof), centrally located and on the outskirts of town. The two big advantages of renting through SSH is that rent prices are rather cheap and you can contact SSH whenever you encounter difficulties, break something or have housing-related questions. However, the people with the longest registration period have the best chances to get invited for viewings. Hence, the sooner you register, the better! Here is more on how to register and how SSH works.
Let me know if you want me to do a breakdown of the different SSH complexes of Utrecht in the comments.
Dutch Student Housing Websites
Here is my personal top 5 of Dutch student housing websites. Before you start browsing through them, please be aware that the housing market in Utrecht (or the Netherlands in general) is extremely competitive. It will most likely take some time to find the perfect match. But don’t get discouraged! it is out there somewhere!
Registration: Free ; Premium: €19,- per 15 days or €30,- per month
Kamernet is easy to use and has a vast range of different student housing options. However, it is among the most expensive student housing websites. Although you can register and browse through the rooms for free, in order to send a message and apply for the room you need a premium membership. Further, it is an extremely popular website and competition is high. Rooms are often gone in the blink of an eye, which can be a disadvantage if you are an international student. If you do get an offer, make sure to get in touch with the landlord instead of just other people living in the accommodation. This decreases your risk of being scammed!
IamExpat is focused on international students and young professionals. It is free to register and apply for rooms – which is great! This student housing website has a great search engine and offers student housing all over the Netherlands. You can choose between a room, apartment or house to rent for both short- and long-term. Although offering a good range of rooms, the selection is not comparable to those of Kamernet or SSH.
Price: €9,95 per month for 3-months, or €7.95 per month for 6-months
I would describe Eston as the Tinder of student housing websites in the Netherlands. When signing up you create a profile listing what you are looking for in a house, rent price, location etc., Esteon then provides you with a selection of possible matches on which you swipe right or left depending on your preferences. This will further improve the suggestions made for you. There are lots of rooms available. The Esteon app makes it hereby super easy to use and accessible directly on your phone. Another advantage: If the Esteon team is not able to find a housing match for you, you will get your money refunded!
Registration: Free; Service fee: Approx. 25% of the first month’s rent (minimum of €150 and capped at €250)
Housing Anywhere is a global rental platform that connects you with landlords all around the world. I used Housing Anywhere for my first accommodation in Utrecht that I rented for two months to get settled and was quite satisfied with it. But I have heard mixed things about the platform: Some are extremely happy with their service, others found it overpriced and not worth the service fee. The pro is that the platform does enable you to directly chat with verified landlords and book securely online. Further, bookings come with the guarantee that if you found the accommodation in a different state then advertised and inform Housing Anywhere within 48hrs you receive a refund.
Nido Student is for all of you that are looking for a furnished studio in Utrecht. Nido Utrecht offers a limited amount of brand new, centrally-located, studio apartments for short-term (3 to 6 months) or long-term (min. 6 months). All studios come fully furnished with a double bed, wardrobe, study space, plenty of storage space, a bathroom and kitchenette all to yourself. This luxury obviously comes with a price tag: Studios are starting from €780.74/month. However, the big advantage is that you do not need to compete in a Hospiteeravond for the studio or risk falling for housing scams. Availability is extremely limited and not everyone qualifies. Check out here what they currently have available in Utrecht.
Good luck with your search!
Finding student housing in Utrecht can be quite a challenge. Trust me I’ve been there many times. I hope this breakdown of student housing websites helped you to navigate through this housing jungle a little better. If you have any open questions or inspirations on what I aspect I should cover next feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me a message on the socials. Also, check out the other posts of the Utrecht Housing Series for further clarification!
I wish you the best of luck with your search, my friend!
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