1Check common Dutch housing websites
There are reams of housing websites in the Netherlands, which the Dutchies use for their search for affordable apartments. Check for example Pararius, Kamernet, Esteon, Huurflits, Direct Wonen and Funda. Check the overview of all common housing websites in the Netherlands below.
Shared housing: In the Netherlands, shared accommodation is pretty standard – not only amongst students – and a fantastic opportunity to make friends immediately! The website Kamernet is the most common website for shared housing. It is also the best-known, and therefore your chances might increase. Try multiple options like Facebook groups and consider registering on one of the other websites simultaneously.
It is common to organise group viewings to find a new roomie – This is called hospiteeravond in Dutch. If possible, arrive in the Netherlands on time and stay in one of the temporary solutions listed below, so you have enough time to attend those viewings and visit potential accommodations in person.
Watch out: Unfortunately, scammers on the housing market are taking advantage of your situation. If an offer is too good to be true, it might be. Never pay for an apartment you haven’t seen before. Read more about it in Mathilde’s story.
2Consult housing websites for expats and internationals
There are multiple housing websites in the Netherlands specialising in expat housing. These accommodations usually come with a higher price tag than local solutions. However, competition is lower on expat websites, and the apartments are typically furnished. Try, for instance, Holland2stay for affordable furnished studios. Flats are distributed with a lottery system, and you’ll need a portion of luck.
Other expat housing services, usually operating internationally, are Homelike, XPAT Rentals, Only Expats or HousingAnywhere.