In the Netherlands, students often live together in a student house where everyone has their own bedroom, but the kitchen, toilet and bathroom are shared. There are various options to choose from in the Arnhem - Nijmegen - Wageningen area.
In the Netherlands, students often live together in a student house where everyone has their own bedroom, but share the kitchen, toilet and bathroom. It's quite common for male and female students to live together in a shared house. It's also possible to rent a bedroom from a landlady or landlord, or find a room to sublet, find a place to live on your own or to buy property. Most rental contracts run for at least six months or a year. On average, a bedroom in the Netherlands costs somewhere between €300 to €600 a month. The national average price (including rent, gas, water, light and municipal taxes) is currently €436 for a single student room, with the price per square metre averaging at €23.87. Cities in the Randstad megalopolis are the most expensive: Amsterdam comes in at an average of €484; The Hague averages at €496; and in Almere you will have to cough up a whopping €558! Rooms in Amsterdam are the most expensive in terms of the space: approximately €30.92 per square metre.
Rooms can vary in size, but regardless of whether you are renting a shoebox or a ballroom, rooms are usually well suited for the needs of an individual student.
Housing can be tricky for Dutch and foreign students alike , but many universities offer help in this matter. It might even be the case that a university has specially reserved some rooms for foreign students. These rooms might even be furnished, which is not usually the case with Dutch student accommodations.
The universities enumerated below either provide some form of accommodation for their (foreign) students or can support you in finding a room in Arnhem, Nijmegen or Wageningen. Click the links to visit the housing section of their websites.
Student cities in the area
Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen are the nationally renowned college towns situated in our area. They are situated in close proximity of one another, but in some respects they're quite different and you will probably have a different student experience living in one or the other. It will also make a difference in how much you're going to be spending and how much space you're going to get for your euro.
Arnhem is the local province's capital and home to universities of applied sciences, but no academic universities. It has a vibrant city centre and a more artsy vibe, possible thanks to the influence of ArtEZ. A student room will cost €457 on average. This is a higher average price than in Nijmegen or Wageningen, but you are getting more bang for your buck in terms of space than in the other two cities: €20.53 per square metre.
Student accommodation in Arnhem
Nijmegen is the largest of the three cities with a population of approximately 170,000 people. It has a large academic university as well as a large university of applied sciences, which it shares with Arnhem. Because of these, the student life is arguably more active than in Arnhem, and Nijmegen also has two large student associations, Ovum Novum and Carolus Magnus. It's also home to the Vierdaagsefeesten, the largest freely accessible event in the Netherlands that over the course of seven days attracts over a million visitors. A student room in Nijmegen costs €401 (€21.88 per square metre on average).
Student accommodation in Nijmegen
Wageningen is much smaller than the other two cities (it has a population of around 40,000 people), but still has a very successful academic university. Because of this, its city centre is much more vibrant than you would expect from such a small city. Its rural surroundings are ideal for the agricultural leaning of the university and make it an attractive place to live. It also provides you with a financial benefit: renting a student room in Wageningen is cheaper than in any other student city in the Netherlands. On average, a room in Wageningen costs €347, €21.20 per square metre. Fun fact: Wageningen has a lot more students living on its university campus than Arnhem and Nijmegen — this adds a real buzz to on-campus university life!
Student accommodation in Wageningen
Another option for students looking for an affordable accommodation is social housing. Subsidised accommodations are often the cheapest in the country, but the waiting lists are long, expats often don’t qualify and there is strict maximum yearly income you need to adhere to. The website of the social housing association of Arnhem and Nijmegen, entree.nu, is a good place to start looking for social housing accommodations in the area.
If you’re experiencing issues with your landlord while renting an accommodation in the Netherlands, the Rent Tribunal (huurcommissie in Dutch) is there to help! This organisation is impartial and aids tenants as well as landlords if a dispute over rental prices arises. If needs be, it will issue a ruling on the price. This decision is then final and will have to be adhered to by both parties. For more information on the Rent Tribunal, check out the English part of its website.
Source: Kences/Lsvb (2017/2018)
All the above is geared towards students. For more general tips on housing in the Netherlands, please visit our general housing page. This page also provides with more information regarding buying a house.