Tip: Non-EU students enjoy a 100% housing guarantee in Leeuwarden (more below). 

Finding accommodation in the Netherlands

Finding a place to live in the north of the Netherlands where NHL Stenden’s branches are located is relatively easy. We even have a room guarantee for students from outside the EU, through our partner StudentStay.

Once you have been admitted and have registered for a study programme at NHL Stenden, you should start looking for accommodation. We recommend you to start early with finding a suiting accommodation. This way you can ensure you find the right place to live during your study. Two of our students share their experience finding a suitable accommodation for their study in the video below.


Types of accommodation

In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms.  

Accommodation guaranteed for Non-EU students

For students from countries outside the EU we have a room guarantee agreement with our official accommodation partner StudentStay. This way you do not have to worry about finding a room and you can choose between a rental contract for one or two semesters. Depending on the room availability EU students are also welcome to register for a room via their website. 

Rental contracts and costs

In the Netherlands, you will generally be asked to sign a lease of at least 12 months and pay at least one month’s rent as a security deposit. Most landlords offer unfurnished rooms with a complete kitchen and bathroom which you share with your housemates. StudentStay is an exception; they offer completely furnished rooms. The rent is usually paid per month.

StudentStay (official accommodation partner Leeuwarden campus)

StudentStay has exclusive access to affordable accommodation (furnished and unfurnished + shared and independent) located near the university campus and the city centre.

Students from outside the EU are guaranteed furnished accommodation on our Leeuwarden campus.

StudentStay facilities impression

To view all room options, please create a profile on the StudentStay website.

Application Process 

  1. Visit StudentStay's website.
  2. Complete your registration by creating a profile.
  3. Select your preferred rooms and submit your application. The earlier you apply the more choice you have.
  4. StudentStay will contact you regarding the available options and the booking process.



  • Studio Luxe €529: 28m2, single bed, no tv.
  • Studio Deluxe €589: 28m2, double bed, with tv.
  • Studio Superior €549: 28m2, double bed, with tv. 
  • Studio Belvédère €629: 28m2, double bed, with tv, dishwasher, and gorgeous view.
  • Studio Superior XS €519: 24m2, double bed, with tv, corner studio.
  • Studio Superior S €539: 26m2, double bed, with tv.

The rooms in shared apartments have prices that are between €443 and €479. The bigger the room, the higher the price. 

The room sizes vary between 16m2 and 20m2 and the prices between €385 and €395 (with one exception of 12m2 which costs €340).

The prices and room sizes in Meppel vary from €300 for 9m2 until €475 for 30m2.


Many people use Facebook to advertise accommodation and to find flatmates. Keep an eye on these Facebook pages to find up-to-date offers, as you may be able to avoid to avoid paying additional service charges and save on security deposits. Be sure to check the pages regularly, as new offers are posted all the time – but many are snapped up right away.

Facebook pages/groups include:

  • Leeuwarden Housing Market
  • Leeuwarden’s First Online Garage Sale
  • Marktplaats Leeuwarden
  • Kamer Leeuwarden
  • Students’ Garage Sale Emmen

Online Platforms

There are also plenty of online platforms which publish vacant rooms, apartments and houses by different agencies in different price categories. Some of them are free to join while for others you may be required to pay a one-off registration fee or a monthly fee.

Some examples: