The previous topic
In the previous blog we have talked about why to study the Netherlands. If you are still interested after reading the previous blog, you might need more specific information on how and where to start organizing your future life in the Netherlands. The most important and the most time consuming part is finding a room or house for yoursel. Let’s start to learn more about housing and then continue with some advices.
Housing in the Netherlands
If you are determined to study in the Netherlands, finding the perfect room with good location and price is really challenging for anybody. Generally speaking, the Netherlands is an expensive country in terms of housing. Sure, if you are budget is big enough than the whole process will be easier to find the ideal place for yourself.
Cost of Housing
It is important to understand, it is a long journey to find the perfect room. If you are a first year international student, no matter if you are doing a bachelor or a master program, you always have priorities for those rooms that the school offers. Most of the schools offers accomodation to students. You need to know that these rooms that are provided by school have many advantages, such as you get to know people fast and easy and you don’t have to worry about how to find a room. However, the disadvantage is the cost of housing. These rooms that are offered by school are mostly more expensive than finding a room by yourself. Finding a room yourself is not an impossible task but if you aren’t in the Netherlands….well that doesn’t really help.
Of course the cost of housing also differs on the city you are going to study at. For example if you study in Amsterdam, there are more rooms available but for higher prices. If you decide to study in Tilburg for example, a school offered room starts at 600 euros per month, which is more expensive than finding a room by yourself.
The Netherlands is a small country but still almost 17 million people lives there. It means that the country is “crowded”, there aren’t big distances between cities. By this I mean that if you decide to study in Utrecht there are cities close by that are still excellent to live at, but costs less. A good advise is to check the cost of housing in the cities that are close by the city of your university. Of course, if you decide on moving to a city far from your school, even though the cost of housing descreseas, the cost of transportation will increase.
Besides the already mentioned solution, that school helps you to find a room, you can also look for other options. I gathered some websites in order to help you find the ideal room. These websites are the following:
On avarage, I would say that you need 400-600 euros per month to find a good room for yourself. Normally these rooms are inclusive, so no added payments or costs have to be payed but always discuss it with the landlord before moving in. However, most of the times you have to share the kitchen and the bathroom with other roommates. The prices differ from city to city; Amsterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht are the most expensive cities while there is a bigger chance to find a less expensive room or house in Tilburg. As in many cities also in the Netherlands, there are more and less expensive parts of each cities. The amount of money you need to pay for a room or house is really depending on the area, the location and on LUCK as well!!
The next topic
Next week, I will discuss transportation and living costs to make sure that you can have an idea about the amount of money you need for living in the Netherlands. See you next time!
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