One of the problems that most students have to face is housing. Because of the increasing number of incoming people to the Netherlands for their studies, the process of finding an accommodation becomes increasingly difficult.
Campus: cladiri ale universitatilor
The most important thing that you have to know about finding an accommodation is that you cannot live in the same room with another person. On campus, the rent prices vary between €450-600 per month, depending on how many housemates you share your bathroom and kitchen with. The information about the buildings that the universities provide can be found on their website or on the website of the companies that they are partnering with. The international office will contact you after your application is accepted and they will present you with a housing offer. If you are interested, the next step is signing the contract.
Companies that offer student housing
If your university does not offer you accommodation or if you do not wish to live on campus, you can look for housing by yourself at one of the specialized companies that exist. These usually work based on a waiting list, so the process will take longer.
Example of companies that offer student housing:
- Vestia Rotterdam Stadswonen
- The Student Hotel
Websites and Facebook pages
Considering the fact that some housing agencies work on commission, most students choose to rent rooms through different websites and Facebook pages. How can you find these web pages dedicated to available rooms? The easiest way is to search for the name of your city and words like housing, room, apartment, kamer. Both on Facebook and on the specific websites, the process consists of sending a personalized message, or an email, followed by a night organized by the owners where they can meet the applicants. After this, they will choose the new tenant.
To maximize your chances, we recommend you to first send a message in Dutch, mentioning that you only speak English and you are looking for an accommodation. At the same time, grupul de studenti romani group of Romanian students you can find more people who are in the same situation as you and look for a place that you could not afford on your own.
Few examples of websites are:
- Facebook.com (marketplace)
LSRS TIP: If you choose to rent a room from someone off the internet, you have to pay very close attention to the authenticity of the offers. Preferably, you should visit the apartment or the room that you want to rent before signing the contract. Never transfer the rent or the deposit before signing the contract and check if it is possible to register at the municipality at that address. Some houses/apartments can have a higher number of residents registered at the municipality than the legal limit.
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