Housing in Wageningen

Coming from abroad the Dutch culture can be both inspiring and surprising. This page is for first orientation, but also offers helpful information while you are here.


Idealis is the student accommodation provider in Wageningen, Bennekom and Ede and owns 5,400 housing units. Wageningen University PhD candidates can also rent a room from Idealis. Visit the Idealis website for the current procedure.

When are you eligible for housing offered by Idealis?

As a PhD candidate you are welcome to rent from Idealis if you are a:

  • Research assistant with a PhD employment contract at WUR
  • Sandwich PhD candidate from abroad
  • Guest PhD candidate
  • External PhD candidate with an employment contract at one of the other research institutes in Wageningen or Ede.

If you are not registered in the PhD Candidates Information System (HORA FINITA) then you unfortunately do not belong to the target group. Please note that you must be officially admitted and also the status of your registration in HORA FINITA is no longer "in progress".

You can respond to the offers from Idealis via www.room.nl. Room.nl is a national platform where rooms offered by professional corporations, including Idealis, are published and where you can respond to the offers.

To be able to respond to the offers you must create a ROOM account. If you are coming to Wageningen on a temporary basis as a PhD candidate, often you will only find out about this a short time in advance. However, to make sure you find somewhere to live in time, you will need to register at ROOM.nl as early as possible. The waiting time you build up determines whether you qualify for accommodation. You will have a better ranking if you have been registered for longer.


Priority arrangements exist for scholarship PhD candidates coming to the Netherlands for the first time. Keep in mind that if you are coming with your family no priority arrangements are available for family rooms. You must be officially admitted and also the status of your registration in HORA FINITA is no longer "in progress". To request room priority your promotor needs to send the completed priority registration form to Doctoral Service Centre: immigration.dsc@wur.nl.

Applications for the academic year 2023- 2024 will only be taken into consideration when they are sent to immigration.dsc@wur.nl on or after 16 September. Applications sent to immigration.dsc@wur.nl before 16 September will not be considered.

After approval of the application the priority will be activated by Idealis max. 2 months prior to the date of arrival of your 1st visit. Priority will be valid for 2 months and solely applies to Idealis rooms that become available between October 1 and April 30. Please keep in mind to only apply for priority when you are actively looking for a room from October 1 onwards.

Note: Make sure that you are registered at ROOM.nl to be able to use room priority.


Unfurnished rooms are literally unfurnished, i.e. no bed, desk, closet or curtains.

Find out more

Other organisations and agencies

Useful Facebook groups

(All independent from Wageningen University and Research)

Wageningen Student Plaza: The Facebook group for Wageningen Students. Besides second hands stuff also rooms are offered here. Or you can ask if someone in this group knows about an available room.

Wageningen Room Sublets Mostly temporary rooms.

Wageningen Student Housing

Hoefweg Ede

Also, some Facebook groups exist that are established by- and meant for people from certain nationalities. You may find a room or help in general more easily here.

Rent benefits

In some cases, one can receive rent subsidy from the Dutch government. Information about rent subsidy can be found on this page about rent subsidies. Or on the site of the Dutch Tax Authorities.