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Finding accommodation in the Netherlands as a student can be a harrowing experience. As a general rule, universities do not provide housing, so you will have to find your own if you have decided to study in the Netherlands.

Finding a place to stay

Universities may not provide housing, but they often have arrangements with rental agencies, so check with your university first. At the very least they may give you an idea of where to start looking.

Kamernet is also a good place to start searching for a room; it is free to search but if you want to contact the landlord (or get early-bird access to listings) a fee is required. Nineteen euros buys you fifteen days of unlimited contact with people looking to rent out their rooms. Facebook groups can sometimes be a good place to find a room as well. Some landlords still post paper ads on campuses as well. Keep in mind that there are certain risks for the latter two options. Most rentals include some amenities but be sure of what they are before you sign up.

Be aware that, if you are looking for a room, it will most likely entail sharing the kitchen and bathroom with other people, usually a mix of both men and women. However, single-gender houses are quite common, although it is much easier if you are a woman.

Real estate and rental agencies such as Funda and Direct Wonen are full of listings for apartments.. You can do searches by price, number of rooms, or by neighborhood. As a general rule, apartments start at €1400 while rooms begin at a few hundred euros per month.

The recent explosion of Airbnb has made it easier than ever to let out a room, and while living entirely in Airbnb apartments and rooms like this guy did is probably not possible for most people, Airbnb is certainly a short-term option.

Other options

If the competition for a space in the city of your choice feels a bit too intense, you may want to consider moving to a smaller city. Trains run frequently between cities and a short, 15-minute train right may end up saving you hundreds in rent every month.

Geeft door de verhuising

You must register at your new address no matter where you live; if you do not, you could face a fine. You can do this online or in person, and you will need a DigiD, your rental contract, and a declaration from the landlord that you will be living at the address (all documents and links can be found here). Be sure to begin the process as soon as possible; you must have started the process within five days of moving in.

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