The new semester is in clear sight, and everything is ready to go. Well, almost – you don’t have a place to live. Okay, you may have forgotten that part… but don't panic. It might be the case that you couldn’t find anywhere to live, simply procrastinated on it, or were having such a great summer break that you just forgot (sure). Anyway, it’s okay. We’ve got your back with this small guide on finding a last-minute student residence. Where to start, where to search, and what to do will all be explained shortly...
Read our Guide to Student Housing
One of the first things you should do is go and read our Student Housing Guide. It's sort of like the ultimate guide to finding housing as a student in the Netherlands. It covers a lot of what we are going to talk about here, but arguably in more detail. There, we also have more resources on where you can find housing. Go have a look, it'll be worth it!
Lists, lists, lists
It might be useless (and a cliché) to tell you to stay calm. It is totally understandable that this could turn into a freak-out situation, however you will find somewhere to live, trust us. What you need to do is write a list. Include your budget (be reasonable), preferred area, distance from your campus, and so on. Do you want to live alone or find some friends to share a space with? Prioritise your criteria and get to researching.
Friends with (housing) benefits
One of the first steps to finding a last-minute student residence is checking to see if any of your previous roommates or friends are in a similar situation. Someone may also be frantically scrambling to find somewhere to live, or (even better) may have a room open. They may be looking to sub-let if their roommate is on a semester abroad or doing an internship. In that case, play the best-friend-card and ask if there is a possibility of renting out that space.
Facebook groups are your best friend
With the uttermost certainty, there will be some sort of Facebook group for students trying to find housing. On your course groups, for instance, students might advertise a room for rent or are looking for someone to sub-let to. Additionally, your college may recommend other groups that advertise student housing. Usually, you can find similar groups in your Facebook recommendations. This is a great place to start because there are multiple offers from students looking for other students.
Campus housing is also an option
If you are really lucky, there may be some sort of campus housing left over. As a freshman, or first year student of any kind, you probably have the option of living on campus or in a university dorm. If you are a second- or third-year student, you’ll need to check to see if you qualify. Search your university website to find out, or contact them to ask! Most universities have partnerships with housing companies like SSH or DUWO.
At Huurstunt, you can search from more than 10,000 apartments and houses. You can filter your search to any area you want, as well as the rent price you are looking for. Huurstunt has properties, and apartments great for student housing, in over 16 Dutch cities. That includes Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and a lot more. Plus, landlords are posting new housing daily, meaning there is always something on the market and all the information is up-to-date. Moreover, once you find something you like, you can get in direct contact with the landlords, with no in-between mess required.
Kamernet is a website where you can search for housing within a specific budget. You can find apartments, rooms, and studios through this service. Through Kamernet, you can also schedule viewings (good for deciding whether it’s the right fit for you), as well as meet your roommates. This site has the largest offering of housing in the Netherlands, and is extremely student-friendly. You can find a student residence through Kamernet in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Rooms are more widely available, in cities like Amsterdam, Delft, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam and more. The website is also available in English, which is a huge plus. Give this a go when finding last-minute student housing!
The Student Hotel
The Student Hotel is essentially both a hotel complex and student housing in one. Both guests, professionals, travellers and full-time students choose to stay at the Student Hotel. Depending on your monthly budget, and what sort of facilities you want, prices vary.
You can choose from having your own room with either a shared or private kitchen. The Student Hotel also has features like gyms, libraries, co-working spaces, laundry facilities, and much more. The perk of this housing complex is the community atmosphere. The Student Hotel has locations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Eindhoven.
As a student, you would most likely book your space as a ‘Student’. However, another idea is booking a room with The Student Hotel for a short-stay, in order to have a place to live whilst looking for a more permanent place to live. You can also choose to stay by semester.
Your last resort to finding a last-minute student residence
If you’ve tried and tried, and you just can’t seem to find anything, that’s alright. It’s also understandable that it is difficult to find a place to live if you are spending your summer abroad. As a last resort, you could also consider staying at a hostel for a few days or weeks until you find the perfect place. Check out hostels in your city, and keep on searching; you’ll get there eventually!
Point to keep in mind: don't stress, you'l find somewhere to live. Try some of these resources when it comes to finding a student residence; you won't be disappointed. Good luck!
Any tips or advice for finding last-minute student housing? Let us know!