This week we are talking about our accommodation experience when going to uni. We will either talk about our experience of living at home while going to uni or moving away from home. I’m going to talk about moving away from home, since I moved to The Hague for my bachelor degree and moved to Amsterdam for my masters.
In The Netherlands there is only one university with a campus, which is east near the border of Germany. All the other universities are just around the cities and you have to search for a student living accommodation yourself. Usually you can find a room through a student society, websites that offer rooms or organisation in town that offer rooms.
I found my first room through Kamernet, which took quite a while before I finally got one. When you apply for rooms at these websites you usually have to go to a meeting night with the other potential roommates. They try to get to know all the candidates and at the end of the night they pick their favourite one. I attended about 4 of those nights before I was picked to live in the student home in The Hague, where I lived for 5 years. The student home I lived in was old, but everything worked and it was a good location. Our landlord wasn’t around very often, which was nice. Although we had to do most of the repair jobs ourselves. I had to share the kitchen, shower and toilet with 3 other students, which at the end drove me a little crazy. After living in a student home for 5 years I was done with all the sharing and dealing with cleaning schedules that didn’t work.
When I decided to do my masters in Amsterdam my decision to look for a studio instead of a student home again was pretty clear. I applied for an athletes student accommodation and I was lucky to get a studio through their organisation. The studio I’m living in is amazing, because the building is quite new. The building has a common room downstairs which is very nice to meet new students that live in the same flat. I have my own kitchen, shower and toilet which is so nice! This place really feels like my little home.
I found that finding an accommodation to live in Amsterdam was so much harder compared to The Hague. Amsterdam is such a popular city and rooms/studios are much more expensive and harder to find.
I hope you liked reading about my student accommodation experiences and don’t forget to check out the experience of Jasmine, Tori, Kate, Saffron, Sophie, Bex and Jen! And if you have any questions about student accommodation in The Netherlands let me now!