Sep 15, 2021

How to find student accommodation in The Netherlands?

Before we begin, it’s important to know that the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  Especially in the bigger cities it's a daunting task to find proper housing.  When looking to study abroad, keep in mind the location of your university and the chances to find proper housing in the area. There are parts of The Netherlands where finding a student accommodation is easier.  HZ is located in the southwest of The Netherlands (Middelburg and Vlissingen), where it is actually quite easy to find proper accommodation. More so because HZ has partnered with a housing company. 

  • What is accommodation in Zeeland like?

    There are two kinds of accommodation in Zeeland. You can either live in a shared student house, or at campus. There is a campus in Middelburg and in Vlissingen so you'll always be close to HZ.

    Student house
    In a student house you'll share your house with three to seven other students. This means that you will get to know new people right from the start of your stay. In most of the student houses you will share common areas like the bathroom, kitchen and living room. Most of the bedrooms are furnished but you can make it your own with decorations. To get a good idea of what living in a student house is like, check this first-hand experience blog.

    Through APV you can register for a room on campus. They offer a ton of different sizes for different prices. You can have your own personal bedroom with a shared kitchen, washroom and shower. They also have a ton of facilities to make your stay even more fun and comfortable. APV does use a 'first come, first serve' principle, so once you know you're coming here it's best to register as quickly as possible. You can tell them your wishes and preferences regarding accommodation and they'll try to keep that in mind. Watch these videos to get a better impression of what the campus looks like.

  • 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 organization. Make sure you apply in time (preferably early spring) such that you can find the room that best suits your needs and preferences.

  • Where can I find a room?

    Renting a room via a partnered organization is a safe way to find a good-quality room. HZ has partnered one housing corporation: APV.

    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.

I'm sure you will find a room available that fits your budget, but make sure you apply for a room as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to contact one of our advisors if you need further assistance.

Good luck! 


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