Jul 11, 2019

Living near HZ during your time of study

When you have made a choice to study at HZ, you do not just pick a very inspiring university of applied sciences, but you can also choose in which kind of city you would like to live in: Vlissingen or Middelburg?  Vlissingen has a compact town centre and wherever you choose to live, you will always live close to the sea. Or you can live in Middelburg, which is also a very historic city worth exploring. In this blog I will explain your options for finding a student room in Vlissingen or Middelburg. It may seem a daunting task, but it is actually quite easy, since we have partnered with a high-quality housing company.

What is living in Vlissingen like?
Have you ever dreamt of life on a beach? Then Vlissingen sums it all, since you get to live close to one, wherever you choose to stay in or around the town. Additionally, all accommodation is within easy cycling distance to HZ and most accommodation is found within or close to the city centre.

What is living in Middelburg like? 
Middelburg is a more historic kind of town. Here you have a mid-century city centre with lots of shops and bars. Here you will find the new HZ building close the the city centre. 

What is accommodation like?
Most rooms are found in shared student houses. They are usually a home of three to seven students. This means that you will get to know new students right from the start of your stay. In most student houses, you will share common areas like the bathroom, kitchen and, if you have one: the living room. Costs like electricity, water and internet are usually included in the rent. Most rooms are furnished, but there are also rooms that you can decorate yourself. Houses with a common living room tend to have a stronger social life than houses without one. To get a good idea of what living in a student house is like, check this first-hand experience blog.

When should you apply for a room?
HZ has partnered with a housing company (APV) to make it easier for students to find a good-quality place to live in. After you have received your letter of acceptance, you can apply for a student room with this organisation. Make sure you apply in time (preferably early spring) such that you can find the room that best suits your needs and preferences.

Housing Corporation APV
Accommodation Portal Vlissingen (APV) has hundreds of rooms and studios throughout Vlissingen and they offer some accommodation in Middelburg. Prices start at € 250 per month all-in and increase depending on the size and comfort level of the room one prefers. Renting a room or studio with APV means you will have a high level of service. All of their houses have internet connection, a washing machine and tumble dryer. Once a week, the communal areas are cleaned free of charge. When you meet new friends at HZ, you might want to live together. At APV, you can apply for a student house together with a group of other students.

Villex
Next to APV, Villex has various living spaces in Middelburg. Besides houses, apartments and (student)dorms, they offer studios and offices. Would you like to be considered for a nice living- or working space with Villex? Take a look at their website what you should do to own your own living space soon.

More accommodation
Renting a room via one of the partnered organisations is a safe way to find a good-quality room. However, should you want to find a room in another way, you might also look into other housing options such as: housinganywhere.com, easykamer.nl, studentenkamers.nl, kamerweb.nl,kamernet.nl and studentopkamer.nl.

I'm sure you will find a room avaiable that fits your budget, but make sure you apply for a room as soon as possible. I am in contact with APV and Villex, so if you require further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me

Good luck! 

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