Wageningen University & Research has several groups of international students. We understand that it is very hard to look for your own place in a different country. Below you can find the information how to apply for a room.
Idealis & ROOM.nl
Idealis (the main student housing cooperation in Wageningen), will offer their rooms via ROOM.nl. As a prospective student at Wageningen University & Research you can register and apply for rooms via ROOM.nl.
Note: it is very important that you pay your tuition fee at Wageningen University on time!
Only after you paid your tuition fee, you can apply for a room with priority based on your home address.
Because we expect many international students this year, we suggest you also apply for rooms that are not your first choice.
Additionally we recommend you look at the private market in Wageningen or the surrounding towns to see if there is a room available. Check the information below for the different housing organisations.
The available rooms of DUWO and Socius are advertised via ROOM.nl as well.
It is possible to respond to a furnished or unfurnished room. If you have a unfurnished room there is nothing in your room, so you have to buy a bed, mattress, table or desk, chair(s), and kitchen supplies. It is possible to buy these things second hand on the Facebook page ‘Wageningen Student Plaza’, on marktplaats.nl, or at second hand shops in Wageningen.
Tips to find a room in Wageningen
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You can also try to find a room on the private market. You are advised to look for a room in the surrounding villages of Wageningen, such as Bennekom, Ede, Renkum, Heelsum, Rhenen as well. Check the list below for the different housing organisations:
The largest desk to help you find a room from most private organisations in Wageningen.
Wageningen Student Plaza Facebook
Wageningen Room Subrent Facebook
Student Furniture Holland (Rent your furniture)
Note: If you are a parent and you want to get information about the status of your adult (18+) son's or daughter's housing status, we are not allowed to give this personal information.
Be aware of scam!
Unfortunately housing scam also happens in Wageningen. Below are some tips for you to (hopefully) avoid scam:
- Does the offer sound too good to be true? Then it probably is. Cheap rental accommodation in the city centre is extremely rare. Be extra alert if you are being offered an apparently amazing deal. If you feel uncomfortable, if things don’t seem quite right, pay attention to that feeling and be extra cautious.
- Don’t do business with landlords who only offer an email address, a mobile phone number and/or a facebook page. Ask for more information to establish who you are dealing with, such as an actual business address or residential address. Ask for proof of ID, check it, do an internet search about this person or company. Be aware that ID copies sent via email can be fakes. This often occurs in combination with requests to transfer money via Western Union.
- You can check who owns the apartment in the Kadaster property register via this page for € 2,95 (orange button that says in Dutch ‘bestellen, per object 2,95’). If the owner and the prospective landlord are not the same ask for an explanation, and if necessary ask for a written authorisation confirming that the landlord and/or agency are acting on the owner’s behalf.
- Be extra careful about renting an apartment you haven’t seen. If you’re not in the country yet, can you ask someone to inspect the apartment for you? A colleague, friend, classmate, etc.?
- Before you hand over large sums of money, check the keys and make sure they work. If you can’t do this yourself, again: perhaps you can ask friends, colleagues etc. to check the apartment. Be aware that even this is not a guarantee, but it definitely improves your chances.
- If possible, talk to the neighbours. Do they know the apartment? Do they know who lives there? Any extra information can help you assess whether the person offering the apartment can be trusted.
- Apartment ads on websites like facebook, marktplaats.nl, craigslist, or other advertising websites aren’t always reliable. There are many illegal sublets on offer. You could end up paying lots of money but still being evicted or even fined.
- Ask if you can register with the council at the address (“inschrijven”). If the answer is no, that’s a red flag. It might be an illegal sublet, or a tax scam, or who knows what is going on.
- Don’t allow yourself to be pressured. Scammers are often in a hurry. They will push you to quickly sign the lease (because supposedly there are many other interested parties, or because they need to leave the country to go visit their sick relative, or whatever). Demand enough time to properly assess the situation, the apartment and the contract.
- Scammers sometimes ask for various kinds of fees, as well as a deposit. Deposits are legal, but often many other fees such as agency fees, disproportionally high administration fees, contract fees, etc. are not.
- Preferably pay via bank transfer. Demands for other types of payment, such as transfers via companies like Western Union, Airbnb or cash payments (especially payments without receipts), are another red flag. If you have to pay cash, make sure you get a signed receipt. Have witnesses present when you make cash payments. Send confirmation emails to the landlord or the agency. Use your phone to record the conversation during your cash payment. In this conversation try to clearly mention the amount, the reason you are paying (like “this is September’s rent”), name the apartment’s address, and the recipient. In general: build a file. Keep print-screens of the apartment’s advertisement, and keep all emails.
- If you still got scammed, immediately contact the police and press charges. Try to create a complete and clear file.