Students in the Netherlands often live together in a student house. This means you have a bedroom of your own, but share the kitchen, bathroom and toilet. Some student houses may offer more facilities for private use. The Arnhem – Nijmegen – Foodvalley region has many student houses or apartments on offer that are specifically made available to international students. You can of course also choose to rent a room, apartment or house in the private sector — possibly via an estate agent if you want a hand — or actually buy and accommodation.
Size and price — how to find the ideal accommodation
Renting a room in a student house amounts to an average of €300 to €600 a month. The national monthly average (utilities and taxes included) is €436. This does depend on where you rent housing accommodation. Renting in the Randstad megalopolis can easily cost you €100 more than in Arnhem, for instance.
Rooms may vary when it comes to size, but you can generally expect them to be between 12 and 20 m². 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. Finding a place to live may prove somewhat of a challenge, both for Dutch and international students. Luckily, you are not on your own, as there are multiple pathways to find accommodation. Many educational institutions have specially organised housing for their international students. These places are often furnished. If you decide not to rent through university, you will usually have to provide your own furniture.
Arnhem is Gelderland's capital and accommodates different universities of applied sciences, but no academic universities. The city centre is vibrant, with an inspiring artsy vibe due to the influence of ArtEZ. On average, the rental price of a student room is €457 a month. This is a higher price overall than in you would be paying in Nijmegen or Wageningen, but it’ll get will get more in terms of space. The average price per square metre is €20.53.
Student accommodation in Arnhem
Nijmegen is the largest of the three cities with a population of approx. 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 ( population of around 40,000 people) but is home to a highly successful academic university. This allows the city centre to be way more vibrant than you would expect from such a small town. Its rural surroundings are ideal for the agricultural foundation of the university and make for an attractive place to live. Renting a student room in Wageningen is cheaper than in any other university 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
SSH& is a housing association for students who are looking for a place to live in Arnhem or Nijmegen. SSH& housing properties are only available to students, which means the rooms are very affordable and only lived in by people your age. You will be surrounded by fellow students and live close to your university.
Another option for students looking for an affordable accommodation is social housing. Subsidised accommodations are usually the cheapest in the country, but the waiting lists are long. Expats often do not qualify and strict regulations concerning minimum and maximum yearly income apply. Social housing available in the Arnhem – Nijmegen region is collected and on offer on entree.nu, 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 necessary, it will issue a ruling on the price. This decision is then final and will have to be adhered to by both parties. The Rent Tribunal can provide you with more information.
The information above is aimed specifically at students. For more general tips on housing in the Netherlands, please visit our general housing page. It also provides you with more information when it comes to buying a house.
Through an estate agent
You may prefer to purchase accommodation with the help of an estate agent. On this page we explain what you should consider when purchasing a place to live in the Netherlands.