Finding accommodation yourself

When it comes to finding accommodation, Avans wants to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best choice for yourself. We are not endorsing any specific platform or company, just providing examples to help you get your search started. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with you to find a place that meets your needs and preferences.


One option is to stay in a room within the home of a Dutch family, commonly referred to as a "hospita". This offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Dutch culture while pursuing your studies. To learn more about living with a hospita, watch this informative video:

Commercial housing websites

There are various websites offering accommodation services. Typically, you won't have to pay to register, but some may charge a fee if they help you find a suitable place. Be sure to inquire about any potential charges before committing.

You can register for free at:

Registration fee:

Some of the rental websites below might charge a €30 - €40 registration fee. Even if you pay, you might not get to see the room. Also, be wary of administration fees, sometimes up to a full month's rent. While forbidden, some companies still try to charge them. Ask why, but be prepared for no response. Once you sign, you are often stuck paying.

Rental fees

You can find information about rental fees in the Netherlands on the Government's website. This page can be helpful in determining if you are required to pay any fees when renting.

Be aware

Be aware that, sometimes, people on commercial platforms are out to mislead students looking for accommodation. Reconsider your decision if it looks too good to be true or for example when you are asked for an extremely large upfront payment or there is no clear registration process or contract. If something feels off, please contact [email protected]. Your safety and security are important to us.


Social media can be a useful tool for finding accommodation, with students and private owners often advertising available rooms, studios, or apartments. However, it is crucial to exercise caution. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, be careful when using social media platforms for your accommodation search.


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Rental allowance

Rental allowance is a valuable benefit provided by the Dutch Government to help cover your rent. There are certain conditions for eligibility and to apply for rental allowance, you need to have a BSN number, a Dutch bank account, DIGID number and a contract for an address in Breda. The Avans International Office can help with this process.

Renting furniture

Student Furniture Holland can help you rent furniture to furnish your room quickly and cheap. Read more about this service at their website.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: [email protected].