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Finding a Place to Live in Breda

Question and Answers 6 January 2013, 08:27

Student housing tends to be scarce and quite expensive in the Netherlands. The student population is so large in many of the university cities that the demand is often greater than the supply. NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences offers international students the possibility to reserve a room before they begin their study.

The city of Breda in the NetherlandsNHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences offers international students the possibility to reserve a room before they begin their study. However, because of high demand, rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student housing tends to be scarce and quite expensive in the Netherlands. The student population is so large in many of the university cities that the demand is often greater than the supply. The Keuzegids, a Dutch student guide put out every year, gives Breda a 5.7 out of 10 in terms of how easily the student population can find a place to live. Anything below 6 is considered quite difficult. Average rent calculated for Breda is around €350 per month.

NHTV Breda University usually makes agreements with local housing corporations in order to provide a number of options that international students can take advantage of when searching for a room in Breda.

University Student Office

The first option is to reserve a room through the Student Office at NHTV Breda. Three housing corporations, Laurentius, Singelveste Alleewonen and WonenBreburg, set aside a number of rooms for NHTV Breda’s new international students. The co-operation between the university and these corporations allows students to claim furnished or unfurnished rooms.

The rooms are not always the same in terms of location, size, rental price, and amenities, and so the Student Office will inform students via e-mail once the details about their room become available. These rooms do not need to formally be applied for international students will be automatically contacted once they have been admitted to NHTV Breda and are registered via Studielink.

Housing corporations

The second option for finding a place to live in Breda is via the housing corporations’ Klik voor Kamers service. If you have not been able to secure a room via the Student Office, this service will help you find a room to rent from one of the housing corporations.

However, you must register for this service on the clickforrooms.nl website before July 1st. The agreement between NHTV Breda and the three housing corporations provides international students a more or less guaranteed room upon arrival. It is important to understand that the rooms offered are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be cancelled once reserved.

A contract is generally drawn up for one year. Details of your room will be sent to you via email once they are made known to NHTV Breda. It is strongly advised to accept any offers you receive and to check your email regularly in order to guarantee yourself a place to live as the rooms go very quickly and it can be very difficult to find a room otherwise.

Rental agencies

The third option to find a room is through rental agencies or private owners. However, this option is generally more difficult and expensive as rental agencies charge commission and other service fees. This option also does not guarantee that you will have a place to live upon arrival, which can make the first few weeks or months of your time in the Netherlands quite stressful.

More information about housing at NHTV Breda you can find at the university site.

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