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Finding housing in Eindhoven is challenging. New students can receive help from the TU/e when coming to the university for the first time, but others will have to search in multiple places to find a good place to live that fits all your needs.  
 
Finding housing in Eindhoven is challenging. New students can receive help from the TU/e when coming to the university for the first time, but others will have to search in multiple places to find a good place to live that fits all your needs.  
  
 
== TU/e Housing for New Students ==
 
== TU/e Housing for New Students ==
The TU/e helps new international students with finding housing. You should receive some information by email, which includes deadlines etc. More information can be found [https://www.tue.nl/en/education/studying-at-tue/practical-information-for-international-students/housing/ here]. If you are here for Erasmus/Study abroad, follow the link above. The following information is for new students only.  
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The TU/e helps new international students with finding housing. You should receive some information by email, which includes deadlines etc. More information can be found [https://www.tue.nl/en/education/studying-at-tue/practical-information-for-international-students/housing/ here]. This information is for prospective students only.
  
== Housing Agencies ==
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==Finding Your Own Housing==
TU/e works with several different housing agencies to help students find housing. It is important to note that if you ignore the housing email from the TU/e, do not reply to the email in time, or choose to find housing on your own, you will be responsible for finding your own accommodation and will not receive assistance from the TU/e.  
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If you would like to find housing yourself, we recommend to be in Eindhoven during your search. This will help prevent you from being scammed. Most students choose accommodation either from the TU/e or The Student Hotel for the first year of their stay and look for housing during their first semester or first year of school.
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[https://www.thestudenthotel.com/eindhoven/ The Student Hotel] - The Student Hotel is a medium-term housing option. Located close to campus, the hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning on looking for housing on your own and need a place to stay while looking. Note that The Student Hotel has a maximum stay of 1 year and does not allow for Housing Allowance.
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===Rental agencies===
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Since the two options above likely won't be able to provide places for everyone, you can alternatively look for your own accommodation. You are also more likely to find cheaper accommodation this way. Below there is a list of all rental agencies offering housing in Eindhoven. Most sites are free of charge, however a few are subscription based meaning you have to pay a little amount of money to be able to reply to their ads.
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[https://goethvastgoed.nl/nl Goeth Vastgoed]
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[http://friendlyhousing.nl/nl/Home Friendly Housing]
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[https://funda.nl/huur/ Funda]
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[https://pararius.nl Pararius]
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[https://jaap.nl/huur/ Jaap]
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[https://huislijn.nl Huislijn]
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[https://marktplaats.nl Marktplaats]
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[https://www.housingxl.nl/ HousingXL]
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[https://www.brickvastgoed.nl Brick Vastgoed]
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[https://www.stoneshousing.nl Stones Housing]
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[https://holland2stay.com/eindhoven Holland2Stay]
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[https://domica.nl Domica]
  
The housing agencies are:
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[https://www.househunting.nl Househunting]
  
'''Holland2Stay''' [https://holland2stay.com/eindhoven] - If you have been allotted housing with Holland2Stay, you will be contacted by Holland2Stay with information on how to make your booking. This will happen in June/July. 
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[https://www.vesteda.com Vesteda]
  
Apartments reserved for TU/e can only be obtained by students who apply via TU/e. Rental agreements will start between 1 August and 15 September. The indicated start date of the rental agreement is indicated in the advertisement of the apartment. Start dates are fixed and cannot be changed. A maximum period of stay of one year applies to all accommodations from Holland2Stay reserved for TU/e. You are allowed to cancel the rental agreement with a notice period of one month during your stay. Apartments listed on the public website of Holland2Stay are not part of the property reserved for TU/e.
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[https://www.trudovbt.nl VB&T verhuurmakelaar]
  
All students who are allotted housing with Holland2Stay will be able to choose their studio in the booking website of Holland2Stay. Therefore TU/e cannot take in account a preference for a specific building or studio type.
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[https://www.rotsvast.nl/ Rotsvast]
  
Eindhoven2Stay offers studios located in various locations in the city of Eindhoven. All in rental prices vary from € 675 up to € 900 per month. If you are at least 23 year of age and you meet the criteria, you can apply for rent benefit. Students under the age of 23 cannot obtain rent benefit for accommodations from Holland2Stay.
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[https://www.vansantvoort.nl/huurwoningen/ Van Santvoort Makelaars]
  
'''Friendly Housing''' [http://friendlyhousing.nl/nl/Home]- A number of 100 accommodations is reserved with Friendly Housing. Friendly Housing offers accommodation in single bedrooms in student houses. All accommodation is fully furnished.Student houses are shared by several (international) students. In the Netherlands it is common for boys and girls to live together in a student house. There is no separate accommodation for boys or girls.
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[https://www.coppelmansmakelaardij.nl/aanbod/woningaanbod/huur/ Coppelmans Makelaardij]
  
Rental prices for a room vary from approx. €350 to €550 per month.
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[https://ikwilhuren.nu/alle-woningcomplexen/eindhoven MVGM]
  
All Bachelor's and Master's students who rent a single bedroom in a student house with Friendly Housing receive a rental agreement for a minimum period of 6 months. The start will be between 1 August 2018 and 1 September 2018. The earliest end date of the agreement is six calendar months after the start date. After the six months the rental agreement can be cancelled with a notice period of one calendar month. There is no maximum period of stay for this type of accommodation. You will be able to choose and book your accommodation via the website of Friendly Housing.
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[https://www.stoit.nl/search?search=Eindhoven Stoit]
  
When you are allotted housing with Friendly Housing, you will receive an e-mail from Friendly Housing on 29 June with booking instructions. Please note that you need to complete your booking before 17 July. At time of booking the following costs are due:
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[https://www.smarthousing.nl/nl Smart Housing]
  
The first month’s rent
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[https://www.123wonen.nl/huurwoningen/in/eindhoven 123wonen]
The deposit of € 450
 
At the end of the rental period an amount of € 50 will be deducted from your deposit to cover mandatory cleaning costs.
 
  
'''Vestide''' [https://www.vestide.nl/] - Vestide offers accommodation in shared, semi-private accommodation (private bathroom or private kitchen) or private accommodation on the TU/e campus and in the city of Eindhoven. All accommodations are fully furnished.Rental prices vary from approx. €400 to €650 per month.
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[https://www.huurinc.nl/nl Huurinc]
  
When you rent accommodation with shared facilities, you should note that in the Netherlands, it is common for boys and girls to live together in a student house. There is no separate accommodation for boys or girls.
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[https://www.vestide.nl/?fbclid=IwAR2W92PyHNWZ1H3eQ9QXfNrZC7O3Qbl24H8GAhtBDfc7i0ntKTylsjmEjLc Vestide] - Vestide is probably the cheapest agency, offering rooms with shared facilities, however it is very unlikely that you get your first room in Eindhoven from them. The reason is that Vestide works with a special waiting list that favours students who have been waiting for a room longer or are moving here from a farther distance. Since they are one of the cheapest agency, the waiting lists are always full. Nonetheless, if you are planning to stay in Eindhoven for multiple years, you should sign up as soon as possible, so you start accumulating 'months' and you can get to the top of waiting lists in your second year or later.
  
You will be able to choose and book your accommodation via the website of Vestide.
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[https://www.kamernet.nl Kamernet] (Subscription based)
  
When you are allotted housing with Vestide, you will receive an e-mail from Vestide in June/July with booking instructions. With the information in the e-mail you can enter the booking website for TU/e students. You will be able to choose your accommodation from the available options. Please note that options with Vestide are limited.
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[https://www.directwonen.nl Directwonen] (Subscription based)
  
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===Facebook Groups===
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There are a variety of resources on Facebook for finding roommates and housing. There are many rooms offered in these groups and although most of them are reliable, be careful because unlike official website, Facebook has no guarantee about the trustworthiness of the ads. Keep in mind: never transfer money before signing a contract.
  
==Finding Your Own Housing==
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If you would like to find housing yourself, we recommend to be in Eindhoven during your search. This will help prevent you from being scammed. Most students choose accommodation either from the TUe or The Student Hotel for the first year of their stay and look for housing during their first semester or first year of school.  
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<li>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/eindhoven.housing/ Eindhoven Housing]</li>
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<li>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/kamer.in.eindhoven/ Kamers in Eindhoven]</li>
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<li>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/686911071512903/ Housing Eindhoven]</li>
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<li>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/kamer.in.eindhoven/ Find a room(mate) or house in Eindhoven - kamer(s) in Eindhoven]</li>
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<li>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/343270165754461/ Housing DAE] (Mainly for Design Academy Eindhoven students)</li>
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The Dutch word for room is 'kamer'. It is important to know that many Dutch students prefer Dutch roommates. Don't be discouraged or surprised if you see 'Dutch Only' ads, you will eventually find the right accommodation.
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Credits to [https://www.facebook.com/notes/expats-in-eindhoven/finding-a-place-in-eindhoven/1890529391029127/ Christoph Hauenstein] who collected a list of housing websites, which is what our list is mostly based on.
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==Tips From Students==
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After talking with several students, we have come up with a list of tips for you to navigate housing.
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*Friendly Housing is not a popular choice. Many students have reported trouble with the landlords, dirty rooms at move-in, and unfair fees.
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*No matter the company, be sure to take pictures of your house/apartment/room when you move in and send a copy to your housing agency when you first arrive. This helps you document any damages that were on the property BEFORE you arrived and can help prove this should issues arise when you move out. You can send these pictures when you return the move-in form (a form given to you at move-in for documenting inventory and damages. Note: This is usually only given when renting from large companies. Check with your landlord during move-in.)
  
'''HousingAnywhere''' [https://housinganywhere.com/s/Eindhoven--Netherlands]- To help you find and book your new room abroad before your arrival, TU/e has a cooperation with HousingAnywhere, the international housing platform. Through HousingAnywhere you can safely book your accommodation, offered by our outgoing students or by verified private landlords.
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*Many ads are not taken down from sites, although the room or studio has been taken by someone. To minimize the amount of time you would waste with these "false" ads, we suggest calling the agency immediately when you see something you like.
  
As a student of TU/e you are entitled to priority access to all accommodation available on HousingAnywhere.com. Priority access comes with the following perks:
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*Since agencies often require you to send them some relevant information about yourself (regarding renting), we suggest you prepare a CV-like PDF to speed up the process. This can go as far as sending a motivational letter too. Similarly, if you are applying to ads in Facebook groups, prepare a short introduction text about yourself that you can send in a personal message.
  
A verified student badge on your profile
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*The Dutch have a tradition called "kijkavond", which is similar to the open house concept in English. In many shared houses, when a room becomes available the roommates get to decide about who moves in. They do this by selecting a few of the applicants who they think would make good housemates and invite them to see the house - altogether. This evening is called kijkavond, which is practically an informal event involving a short introduction round, and the applicants have a chance to see the room and meet the housemates. If you are invited to a kijkavond, make sure you arrive on time, don't be afraid to ask questions and have conversation with both the housemates and fellow applicants - in general you want to show your most social side, that's what makes a good housemate.
Priority access to new rooms available
 
Priority within the booking process
 
Landlords and housing providers are educated to accept Verified Students first.
 
The platform allows you to choose from accommodations listed by local students or verified landlords and securely book prior to your arrival. Use of the platform is free of charge. Only if you successfully find a room, a small booking fee will be charged.
 
  
To start looking for rooms in Eindhoven, you first have to sign up. Sign up here to receive a VIP profile on HousingAnywhere.com.
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==Housing Allowance==
  
To start looking for accommodation in Eindhoven, look here.
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There is a possibility you can receive housing allowance (huurtoeslag) while being a student. This can be applied for via [https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/wcm/connect/bldcontentnl/belastingdienst/prive/toeslagen/huurtoeslag/ Belastingdienst] which is the Dutch Tax Office. Dutch tax office pages are in Dutch, but with a Dutch friend or Google Translate they are easy to navigate. The conditions for getting housing allowance (huurtoeslag) vary with age, income and living conditions. All conditions are described on the web page.
  
Keep in mind: The housing market in Eindhoven is very seasonal. So if you don’t find a room listed right away check back regularly.
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Your housing company might offer to arrange housing allowance for you, most likely for a substantial fee. Arranging housing allowance online by yourself is very simple, so it might be worth considering doing it yourself before accepting the offer from your housing company.
  
'''The Student Hotel''' [https://www.thestudenthotel.com/eindhoven/]- Another short-term housing option is the Student Hotel. Located close to campus, the hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning on looking for housing on your own and need a place to stay while looking. Note that The Student Hotel is only short-term stay and does not allow for Housing Allowance.
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==Huurcommissie==
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The [https://www.huurcommissie.nl/ Huurcommissie] (Rent Committee in English) helps tenants and landlords with any kind of issues regarding renting. For example, if you suspect that your rent is too high or your landlord doesn't do yearly maintenance on the house, you could contact the Huurcommissie for help. Unfortunately, their website is not available in English, therefore we advise to call or email them.

Latest revision as of 13:35, 22 April 2020

Finding housing in Eindhoven is challenging. New students can receive help from the TU/e when coming to the university for the first time, but others will have to search in multiple places to find a good place to live that fits all your needs.

TU/e Housing for New Students

The TU/e helps new international students with finding housing. You should receive some information by email, which includes deadlines etc. More information can be found here. This information is for prospective students only.

Finding Your Own Housing

If you would like to find housing yourself, we recommend to be in Eindhoven during your search. This will help prevent you from being scammed. Most students choose accommodation either from the TU/e or The Student Hotel for the first year of their stay and look for housing during their first semester or first year of school.

The Student Hotel - The Student Hotel is a medium-term housing option. Located close to campus, the hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning on looking for housing on your own and need a place to stay while looking. Note that The Student Hotel has a maximum stay of 1 year and does not allow for Housing Allowance.

Rental agencies

Since the two options above likely won't be able to provide places for everyone, you can alternatively look for your own accommodation. You are also more likely to find cheaper accommodation this way. Below there is a list of all rental agencies offering housing in Eindhoven. Most sites are free of charge, however a few are subscription based meaning you have to pay a little amount of money to be able to reply to their ads.

Goeth Vastgoed

Friendly Housing

Funda

Pararius

Jaap

Huislijn

Marktplaats

HousingXL

Brick Vastgoed

Stones Housing

Holland2Stay

Domica

Househunting

Vesteda

VB&T verhuurmakelaar

Rotsvast

Van Santvoort Makelaars

Coppelmans Makelaardij

MVGM

Stoit

Smart Housing

123wonen

Huurinc

Vestide - Vestide is probably the cheapest agency, offering rooms with shared facilities, however it is very unlikely that you get your first room in Eindhoven from them. The reason is that Vestide works with a special waiting list that favours students who have been waiting for a room longer or are moving here from a farther distance. Since they are one of the cheapest agency, the waiting lists are always full. Nonetheless, if you are planning to stay in Eindhoven for multiple years, you should sign up as soon as possible, so you start accumulating 'months' and you can get to the top of waiting lists in your second year or later.

Kamernet (Subscription based)

Directwonen (Subscription based)

Facebook Groups

There are a variety of resources on Facebook for finding roommates and housing. There are many rooms offered in these groups and although most of them are reliable, be careful because unlike official website, Facebook has no guarantee about the trustworthiness of the ads. Keep in mind: never transfer money before signing a contract.

  1. Eindhoven Housing
  2. Kamers in Eindhoven
  3. Housing Eindhoven
  4. Find a room(mate) or house in Eindhoven - kamer(s) in Eindhoven
  5. Housing DAE (Mainly for Design Academy Eindhoven students)

The Dutch word for room is 'kamer'. It is important to know that many Dutch students prefer Dutch roommates. Don't be discouraged or surprised if you see 'Dutch Only' ads, you will eventually find the right accommodation.

Credits to Christoph Hauenstein who collected a list of housing websites, which is what our list is mostly based on.

Tips From Students

After talking with several students, we have come up with a list of tips for you to navigate housing.

  • Friendly Housing is not a popular choice. Many students have reported trouble with the landlords, dirty rooms at move-in, and unfair fees.
  • No matter the company, be sure to take pictures of your house/apartment/room when you move in and send a copy to your housing agency when you first arrive. This helps you document any damages that were on the property BEFORE you arrived and can help prove this should issues arise when you move out. You can send these pictures when you return the move-in form (a form given to you at move-in for documenting inventory and damages. Note: This is usually only given when renting from large companies. Check with your landlord during move-in.)
  • Many ads are not taken down from sites, although the room or studio has been taken by someone. To minimize the amount of time you would waste with these "false" ads, we suggest calling the agency immediately when you see something you like.
  • Since agencies often require you to send them some relevant information about yourself (regarding renting), we suggest you prepare a CV-like PDF to speed up the process. This can go as far as sending a motivational letter too. Similarly, if you are applying to ads in Facebook groups, prepare a short introduction text about yourself that you can send in a personal message.
  • The Dutch have a tradition called "kijkavond", which is similar to the open house concept in English. In many shared houses, when a room becomes available the roommates get to decide about who moves in. They do this by selecting a few of the applicants who they think would make good housemates and invite them to see the house - altogether. This evening is called kijkavond, which is practically an informal event involving a short introduction round, and the applicants have a chance to see the room and meet the housemates. If you are invited to a kijkavond, make sure you arrive on time, don't be afraid to ask questions and have conversation with both the housemates and fellow applicants - in general you want to show your most social side, that's what makes a good housemate.

Housing Allowance

There is a possibility you can receive housing allowance (huurtoeslag) while being a student. This can be applied for via Belastingdienst which is the Dutch Tax Office. Dutch tax office pages are in Dutch, but with a Dutch friend or Google Translate they are easy to navigate. The conditions for getting housing allowance (huurtoeslag) vary with age, income and living conditions. All conditions are described on the web page.

Your housing company might offer to arrange housing allowance for you, most likely for a substantial fee. Arranging housing allowance online by yourself is very simple, so it might be worth considering doing it yourself before accepting the offer from your housing company.

Huurcommissie

The Huurcommissie (Rent Committee in English) helps tenants and landlords with any kind of issues regarding renting. For example, if you suspect that your rent is too high or your landlord doesn't do yearly maintenance on the house, you could contact the Huurcommissie for help. Unfortunately, their website is not available in English, therefore we advise to call or email them.