The Hague is the international city of Peace and Justice and home to numerous embassies, multinationals and institutions of higher education. Because of this the housing market is very tight. Looking for a place to live in The Hague or one of its satellite cities can be a challenging experience, so it pays to start house hunting early. Especially for students it can be challenging to find a place to live. And having a legitimate address is a prerequisite for obtaining a residence permit.
THUAS housing service & housing fee
THUAS cooperates with three agencies that offer accommodation within walking distance of the university to incoming international students. THUAS can assist approximately 20% of the incoming students through this service. For students starting in September 2019, THUAS has a quota of around 650 rooms. The rooms that are offered are both self-contained as shared-facilities and are fully furnished.
THUAS charges a non-refundable housing fee of €250.- for our help. This fee is charged to cover the costs that come along with reserving this designated quota of rooms for international students.
The following conditions apply:
- Bachelor and Master students can only be offered rental contracts for a full year (August to end July). Upon completion of the rental period students will need to find their own accommodation.
- Exchange students will be offered a rental contract for one or two semesters, depending on the duration of their stay.
- Prep students will be offered a rental contract for one semester or one year, depending on the duration of their Prep-course.
- Master students will not be charged the housing fee.
Please note that early termination of the rental contract is not allowed.
The number of rooms available is limited, so we cannot guarantee accommodation for every student. In order to improve your chances of obtaining accommodation you are advised to complete the application form as early as possible. Please note that the housing fee is not the same as the contract fee that is charged by the housing provider and if applicable, your package fee.
Application & payment
The application form for housing will be available at this webpage as of 1 May 2019. Payment options include credit card and PayPal. Please note that your application for accommodation will not be dealt with until the housing fee has been paid.
Deadlines for application and payment of the THUAS housing service:
1 June 2019 (for programmes starting in September 2019)
We recommend to apply as early as possible. THUAS has a quota of 650 rooms that will be allocated via this service. The application form will remain available until a maximum number of applications has been submitted. Applications exceeding our quota will be placed on a waiting list.
The housing fee is non-refundable. However, under the following conditions you are eligible for a refund. The money will be transferred back to the credit card that was used to make the payment with, or to your PayPal account. Refunds of the housing fee are only possible:
- If you were placed on the waiting list but did not receive an offer.
- If you were not admitted at THUAS or if you decided to withdraw your application.
- If you received an offer for accommodation but decided not to accept it. In this case, you will not receive another accommodation offer.
- If you have already signed your housing contract, we can only accept requests for refund until 1 July 2019.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences cooperates with the following accommodation providers and platforms.
Monthly rate: between € 400 - € 600
THUAS partners with DUWO Accommodate, specialists in student accommodation. DUWO has furnished rooms in close proximity to the main campus available for new international students.
All the rooms are fully furnished. Depending on the type of room, you may have your own kitchen, shower and toilet, or you may share a kitchen, shower, toilet, and other common areas with one or more students of THUAS. A bed linen set and a basic kitchen inventory package will be waiting for you upon arrival.
The rental periods vary from one semester to a maximum period of one year, this depends on what kind of programme you will follow.
If you receive a DUWO housing offer, your account for the DUWO online portal will be valid for seven days. Within this period you must select a room, sign the agreement, provide the required documents and make the down payment. For questions about the documents you have to provide, the down payment or the contract itself, please contact DUWO.
Contact details DUWO
Office The Hague
2521 ER Den Haag
Tuesday to Friday: 12.00-17.00
Phone number: +31 (0) 900 - 2353 896 (local rate) (Mo-Fr 8.30-17.00)
Phone number outside the Netherlands (caller ID must be enabled): +31 (0)15 - 2192 299 (costs depend on country) (Mo-Fr 8.30-17.00)
Do you have a question for DUWO? Mail them using the contact form.
Monthly rate: starts at € 600
The Y is situated right next to The Hague Hollands Spoor railway station and within 10 minutes walking distance from THUAS. The Hague University of Applied Sciences has reserved a number of studios exclusively for its international students. These studios are available for rent starting at € 600 per month (excluding the service costs) and are all completely furnished. Moreover, these are the only studios that have their own outdoor terrace. The type of contract that is applicable to these studios is a so-called ‘short-stay contract’ – which entails a minimum rental period of six months up to a maximum of twelve months. The Y is a luxury living accommodation, complete with facilities such as a launderette, a central roof garden and a fast internet connection.
Monthly rate: starts at € 600
THUAS also partners with Geste Groep. THUAS has reserved 100 independent furnished student apartments for prospective international students. Rooms are available for at least a year and may be rented for the entire duration of the study programme.
The location is only two minutes walking distance from the main campus of THUAS and close to Hollands Spoor train station. The student apartments are fully furnished and are equipped with their own private kitchen and bathroom. Tenants can make use of a common living room and a roof terrace that offers a splendid view of The Hague. For more information please check out their website https://www.geste-students.nl/
Contact detailsPhone number: +31 (0)70 - 398 96 96
Stay & Study
Going abroad to study can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Securing housing can therefore be one of the highest priorities once you have arrived in the Netherlands. Stay & study will help you find a room in the fastest way to ensure yourself a great stay without any hassle.
Stay & Study offers spacious and fully furnished apartments with rental rooms in The Hague for (international) students. The apartments are fully equipped with new and great quality amenities of which the quality is safeguarded by Stay & Study. The common areas such as the kitchen and bathroom are shared with your fellow housemates. All the apartments are strategically located, either close to a train station, a university or a colorful neighborhood that provides an enjoyable living.
The Hague is the only major Dutch city located beside the sea. The Hague beach is the perfect spot to get some fresh air. Enjoy a long walk beside the sea. Alternatively, simply visit the Amsterdam historical city center which is 35 minutes away by train.
Sounds great right? You can check our Facebook page @Stay & Study for our most recent listings. If you find a room to your liking, message us and we’ll get back to you within a day with more information.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a partner of HousingAnywhere.com, the international student-to-student housing platform. Students who are coming from abroad to The Hague can find & book a student room on www.HousingAnywhere.com. The rooms on this platform are offered by our students that go abroad for a study abroad semester, exchange, Erasmus or internship. Using the platform itself is completely free for you as a student; when you make a concrete booking an administrative fee will be charged as a part of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.
For more information about Housing Anywhere and to create a personal account, please click here.
We have put together a list of housing providers on the private market. Feel free to check out the options. Please note that THUAS does not have any affiliation with these housing organisations.
Important to keep in mind
If you are looking for a room on the private market there are a number of important things to keep in mind.
Finding a room can be difficult and time-consuming
Every year there is a high demand for international student accommodation in The Hague and finding suitable accommodation can be difficult and time-consuming. DUWO – and other accommodation providers have limited rooms available, therefore we recommend that you start looking for a room as soon as possible, even before you are fully enrolled.
- Spread your options, do not focus on just 1 room
- Do not only look for accommodation in The Hague, but also in the surrounding cities of The Hague
- Suggest to attend viewing(s) via Skype if you are abroad or come to The Netherlands prior to your semester in order to attend the viewing(s) in person.
You are not the only student looking for a room
You are free to choose if want to participate in the housing fee or not. If you decide not to pay the housing fee and make use of our housing service we would like to give you more information about the housing market in The Netherlands.
The number of available rooms is limited and one room can have multiple applicants. The landlord, tenants or agency randomly select a number of candidates for a viewing, which can be quite competitive. Responding to a room online does not automatically mean that the room is yours. We advise you to keep responding to rooms and do not limit yourself to one or two housing websites but subscribe to multiple sites.
Beware of scammers
How to avoid and recognize a rental scam
So you think you’ve found suitable rental accommodation. That’s great! But before agreeing to anything, follow the advice below to make sure you don’t fall victim to a rental scam.
- Make sure the accommodation is being rented out via an official website or company. Try looking on the website of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
- Check out the address in Google maps, to make sure it really exists.
- Scammers often use stolen identities. Search for their photo online. Make an appointment to meet in person or through Skype. Make sure the landlord is actually the person he/she claims to be.
- Never send a copy of your passport or credit/debit card to strangers.
- As housing is scarce, you might receive unwanted emails from scammers trying to rent out (non-existent) accommodation. Be very wary of unsolicited emails.
- Never sign a housing contract without having first read it carefully. Be sure you fully understand and agree with what you are signing. Get someone to translate it for you if necessary.
Possible signs of a rental scam
- You have to pay rent (or other costs) in advance, without having seen the apartment or met the landlord/agency staff.
- You have to transfer money to a non-Dutch bank account.
- The rental price is much lower than other apartments in the same area/location.
- The pictures sent do not resemble the location in any way.
- The landlord/agency is too eager or pushy to rent the apartment to you.
- You have a bad feeling about the landlord or how things are proceeding.
What if you have been scammed?
If you have been scammed don’t lose hope of finding another apartment. Always contact the police to let them know what has happened. They might be able to find the scammer and prevent others being caught out.
Rental prices can be high
The landlords are free to decide the amount of rent they will ask from a tenant. The rent in The Hague is on the higher side as there are more Universities of Applied Sciences and/or Universities in the surrounding cities. You can expect a monthly rate between € 500 - € 800 for shared facilities, please contact the landlord to ask what is included and excluded from the monthly rate.
If you prefer to rent a studio or apartment with private facilities you can expect a monthly rate of € 800 and above. Most of the time the landlord or agency will ask for a guarantor, probably with a Dutch nationality. For more information about the rent and a guarantor, please contact the rental agency you are interested in.
You can also look for accommodation on Facebook groups, below you can find links to groups for accommodation in The Hague.
Below you can find a list of Hostels in The Hague for temporary accommodation options. Note that these hostels are not verified by THUAS and that this is just a referral service. Hostels are quickly fully booked and therefore we recommend to book a hostel well in advance of your semester, also to get the most affordable rate. Not all temporary accommodation providers allow you to register yourself at their address, please ask the hostel for the rules and regulations about registration.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
phone number: +31 ( 0 ) 70 445 8505