The new semester is in sight and everything is ready to go. Well, almost – you don’t have a place to live. Okay, you may have forgotten about that but don't panic. Maybe you couldn’t find anywhere to live, simply procrastinated looking for housing, or were having such a great summer break that you just forgot. Anyway, it’s okay. We’ve got your back with this small guide on finding a last-minute student residence...
Read our guide to student housing
One of the first things you should do is go and read our Student Housing Guide. It's kind of the ultimate guide to finding housing as an international student in the Netherlands. It covers a lot of what we are going to talk about here but in more detail. We also have additional resources to help you with your search for housing. Go have a look. It'll be worth it!
Lists, lists, lists
It might be useless to tell you to stay calm. It is totally understandable if your reaction to impending homelessness is to freak out, however, you will find somewhere to live, trust us. What you need to do is write a list. Include a reasonable and sustainable budget, the area or neighborhood you want to live in, distance from your campus, and so on. Do you want to live alone or find some friends to share a space with? Prioritize your criteria and get to searching.
Friends with housing benefits
One of the first steps to finding a last-minute residence as a student 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) 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.
Find a student residence on Facebook groups
With the uttermost certainty, there will be some sort of Facebook group for students trying to find housing. In groups for your course or program, you're bound to find someone advertising a room for rent or 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.
A student residence on-campus is also an option
If you are really lucky, there may be some sort of campus housing left. 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 still qualify. Search on your university website to find out or contact them to ask! Most universities have partnerships with housing companies like SSH or DUWO.
On Huurstunt, you can choose from more than 10,000 apartments and houses. You can filter your search to any area you want as well as limit it to the rent price you are looking for. Huurstunt has properties and apartments available 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. 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, travelers 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!
Whatever you do, don't stress. You'll find somewhere to live! Try some of these resources for finding a student residence and you won't be disappointed. Good luck!
Any tips or advice for finding last-minute student housing? Let us know!