Focus

You might become overwhelmed while starting your search for a student accommodation in The Netherlands. That's why we have gathered some tips and tricks for you, in order to help you.

  • Will I get a rental agreement and is it in English?
  • How big is the room (m2)?
  • Is it situated in a student complex/house/apartment?
  • Is the accommodation inclusive of curtains/wall- and floor covering etc.?
  • Is the kitchen fully fitted?
  • How much rent do I have to pay?
  • How is the rental price built up?
  • Is the rental fee inclusive of gas/water, and electricity?
  • Do I have to pay a commission fee or any other fees?
  • Is internet available and is it inclusive of the rental fee?
  • Do I have to share facilities like a kitchen/living room/bath room etc.?
  • Where in the city is the room situated?
  • Do I have to pay a deposit and how high is it?
  • What are the rules for terminating the rental agreement?
  • Use Google Street View to see the outside of the accommodation and its surroundings
  • Does city hall accept a registration at this address?

  • Use google images to see if the accommodation you want to rent is also offered on other websites (to verify that the accommodation you want to rent is actually being offered for rent).
  • In case you rent privately, ask for a Facetime or Skype conversation so that the person you are renting from can show you the accommodation.
  • Ask for the landlord’s personal information. The information you need is: name, surname, phone number and and if possible ID (secure copy can be made with KopieIDapp). Also when you need to hand in a copy of your id use this app.

Every year we receive reports of students being scammed when looking for accommodation. Please use your common sense and never pay out of proportion amounts of money prior to signing a contract or viewing a room! When you are scammed please report this to the local police and to city hall. Hereby some exrta 'red flags' to keep in mind to avoid being scammed by false landlords:

  • The landlord says he is staying abroad for the moment and asks you to send the money to a foreign account. 
  • The landlord says he cannot show you the room/apartment, but the key will be sent to you once the deposit is transferred.
  • The landlord asks you for your credit card number.
  • The rental is considerably lower than for a similar apartment/room in the same area.
  • Remember that the landlord and the tenant should visit the bank together to open a deposit account. Do not transfer the deposit into a private bank account. 
  • Never give your credit card number to anyone via e-mail, phone or any other way.
  • Try finding the place on Google Maps. The house in the map should match the pictures in the advertisement. If the house does not appear or another house is shown, the advertisement could be false. 
  • And last but not least, if something seems too good to be true-it usually is!

Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn all have second hand shops. You can find a lot of (free) stuff via Facebook platforms and groups.