Dutch universities warn internationals not to come if they can’t find a room

Finding housing as a student is always hard(-er than it should be), but now several Dutch universities are outright telling their students not to come to the Netherlands if they don’t have a room yet. 🤔

International students, in particular, are now being warned against coming to the lowlands — there’s just not enough space! 

Now it’s official 

Just a few days ago, the Amsterdam-based student union ASVA warned international students against coming to the Dutch capital if they don’t have a roof over their heads. 🏠

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Now, the same message has been sent out from basically all the main universities in the Netherlands, writes the NOS.

From Maastricht and Eindhoven to Leiden, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Groningen: everyone’s alerting these incoming students of possible homelessness if they come to the Netherlands. 

Internationals are the worst hit 

More and more students are hearing about the low tuition fees and the high-quality education available in the Netherlands.

Naturally, this makes more and more internationals (as many as 56% of the student base in Maastricht actually) want to come here. 🤷‍♂️

This isn’t surprising — it’s great being a student in the land of bikes and beers. 🚲🍻

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However, internationals are far more dependent on finding housing on time and thus run a bigger risk of having to live in tents, in expensive hotels, or in random strangers’ living rooms. 

Dutch students can (usually) stay in the safe (and free) house of their parents or immediate family and can therefore withstand the housing crisis just a little easier than others. 

More internationals are coming 

The amount of international students in the Netherlands has been rising sharply over the past few years, a trend that has increased the pressure on the housing situation

Is it likely that the trend will slow down? We wouldn’t think so unless it somehow becomes significantly worse to study in the Netherlands. Until then, Dutchies simply have to figure out a way to deal with the masses… 

Can you think of a way to handle the pressure on Dutch student housing? Tell us in the comments below!

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Juni Moltubak
Juni Moltubak
Juni moved to the Netherlands after realizing how expensive tuition fees in the UK are, and never regretted her choice of studying in The Hague. After three years of Political Science, she is ready for a new adventure — an internship at DutchReview! When you don’t see her typing on her laptop she can be found strolling around Haagse Bos or sitting in her lovely garden scrolling through interior design TikToks.
  1. Not completely aware of the situation on the student side. However, it is definitely a challenge to find housing as an expat.
    Is there perhaps more of a need for shared student housing? Perhaps, the universities need to cap how many international students are coming? Each international admission receives a student housing accommodation to ensure there is housing?

  2. Mostly students coming to NEDERLANDS are from a rich family. Possible they can rent a house and sharing with other students.

  3. Simple solution. Don’t allow foreign students. Cater to the native population that wants to go to school.

    Why should the native population subsidize or cater to foreign students? They shouldn’t….look after your own people first.


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