Housing types in the Netherlands

Choosing a suitable place is an important decision for every expat in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, there is a variety of housing types available:


Renting an apartment is probably the best option for those looking for privacy. A self-contained apartment is ideal for professionals or even students but pricing might be an issue.


Renting an entire house is a wise choice for families and those eager to share a property with friends or colleagues. Especially expats should examine thoroughly the terms and conditions of the rental contract and provide guarantees regarding their ability to pay.

Student house

The vast majority of students in the Netherlands rent rooms in student houses, which are privately-owned houses designed to host three to six individuals. Living with strangers and following the house rules might be difficult at first, but nearly all adapt over time.

Student apartment

As a rule, student flats offer private bedrooms and shared facilities (living room, kitchen, bathroom etc.). These apartments are a bit cheaper than student houses but usually host 8 to 12 tenants.

University housing

Most Dutch universities offer student apartments and / or student houses through their housing offices. Although both price and facilities are more or less the same as the privately-owned ones, university housing offers expats the opportunity to meet other (international) students and thus, quickly expand their social circle.

Note that due to the dramatic shortage of student housing, expats should apply for a student house as soon as possible.

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Landlord hosting

It is common for landlords or even families to rent out part of their houses to students and young professionals. You might have to comply with the (strict) family rules but you will probably enjoy family-cooked meal every day.

Squat & anti-squat

Living in a squat is anything but rare in the Netherlands. Although not exactly legal, you can find a cheap room and have the opportunity to meet really interesting people.

On the other hand, it is also possible to anti-squat. Landlords rent out unoccupied buildings at extremely low price so that they are not occupied by squatters!

Yet, anti-squats in the Netherlands are extremely hard to find and most of the times tenants have to equip the house themselves.

Dutch rental prices increase 9 per cent since mid 2013

The income-related rental policy set by the Dutch government in July 2013 has seen rent prices rise on average by 9 per cent in the period since.

Dutch housing market recovering well, especially in Randstad

Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht have emerged from the housing market crisis, but some regional areas still lag behind, according to real estate brokers.

Young buyers give Dutch housing market a boost

New data from the Kadaster shows that more than half of the 12.000 houses sold in the Netherlands in May 2014 were to buyers under 35 years old.

House prices rising, rents expected to rise too

The most recent news on the housing market indicates that prices are finally rising, while expectations increase that rents will do the same.

Social housing becoming too expensive for low-income renters

Social housing prices have risen an average of 100 euros per month in Amsterdam and Utrecht, which makes it harder for low-income families to find housing.

New rules in Amsterdam will make many share houses illegal

A proposed change to rules for house sharing in Amsterdam would mean that 10.000 homes in the capital city would be in violation of the new law.

Dutch student housing is the second most expensive in Europe

The Netherlands is the second-most expensive European country for student housing at 100 euros a room.

450.000 households in social housing face rent increases

It is possible that 450.000 households living in the rent-controlled housing sector in the Netherlands will have their rents raised as of the first of July.

Amsterdam house prices on the rise again

House prices in Amsterdam rose by 1,9 percent in the final quarter of 2012, mainly thanks to investors from China and Russia.

Thousands of houses no longer rent-controlled

The rental prices on tens of thousands of social housing units are going up as they enter the private sector and are no longer rent-controlled.

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