One of the most important issues for incoming students is housing. After all, you want accommodation that suits your needs while you are living in Enschede. Luckily, ESN got you covered. Our housing guide contains the most important sites and organizations where you can find your perfect place to live! Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it actually is!
What types of accommodation are there?
When looking for housing, you should be aware of the different types of accommodation that are being offered. Have a look at the following list and make sure that the accommodation you apply for is actually what you need.
1. Furnished accommodation (mostly temporary)
- Furnished room/apartment on Campus or in the city center (ITC international Hotel or Stadsweide) offered by the University of Twente
- Furnished room on Campus or in the city (mostly for sub-tenancy)
2. Unfurnished accommodation (mostly permanent)
- Self-contained room/apartment on Campus
- Room on campus in Dutch student house
- Room in Dutch student house in the city
- Room in international student house in the city
- Self-contained room/apartment in the city
How can I find furniture?
Don’t worry, even international students can choose unfurnished rooms. You can easily buy second-hand furniture, e.g. from students who leave Enschede or go to IKEA, which is pretty close to the city.
How can I apply?
- Furnished accommodation
For furnished rooms for international students, check these two links for the options offered by the University of Twente:
Also make sure to check this guidebook by the University: http://www.utwente.nl/en/education/international-students/housing/handbook-alternative-accommodation.pdf
One of the easiest options to find a furnished room, is sub-tenancy. Students from Enschede who are going abroad temporarily usually sublet their rooms, which means that you do not have to worry about furniture at all! The best way to find such a room is through the Facebook groups and sites that are listed below.
- On-campus accommodation (unfurnished)
There are several options for you if you want to live on campus, either self-contained rooms/apartments or living in a student house with Dutch or international students.
De Veste is the organization that will help you finding your perfect place. Register on their website (http://www.veste.nl/) and like their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Woningstichting-de-Veste-Studentenhuisvesting-1503772399906446/) (hint: activate notifications!) to stay updated on all the free rooms. When De Veste has got a free room/apartment they will post it on their website and Facebook. If you are interested, you have to mail them within 24 hours that you want the room. In the email, you need to fill in your first name, last name, current address, date of birth and phone number. The subject of your email should be the address of the vacant room/apartment. De Veste will then choose one of the applicants randomly and the chosen new resident will be contacted within seven days.
If you want to live in a shared flat (Dutch: woongroepen), that is also a possibility on UT campus. Here, students share their daily life, eat together, go out together and become a real campus family. If you are living with Dutch students, it is also the perfect opportunity to get to know the Dutch culture and language! To live in a shared flat, you will be assessed by the other residents, either in a face-to-face interview or via skype. This system is called co-optation. When you have registered on the De Veste website you can choose to see the co-optation options that are available and then either email or phone the residents of the shared flat you are interested in. Be aware that most shared flats receive tons of applications, so try to be creative (but always honest!) and do not be sad if they do not invite you!
Some on-campus houses also advertise on social media, so check the Facebook groups that are listed in the next section!
- Off-campus accommodation (furnished/unfurnished)
There are plenty of places to live in the city centre of Enschede. The easiest way to find those is through social media. Check the following Facebook groups:
- Wohnungen in Enschede (https://www.facebook.com/groups/230961876919430/): Even though this is technically a German group, most offers are also in English. Otherwise you can use the Facebook translate function to understand the offers.
- Apartments in Enschede - Saxion students (https://www.facebook.com/groups/220777804655426/)
- University of Twente Marketplace (https://www.facebook.com/groups/utwentemarketplace): Even though this group is meant for selling things, there are plenty of room offers in there, especially before the start of a new semester.
- University of Twente – International (https://www.facebook.com/groups/utinternational/): This group for international students can sometimes also help to find accommodation, for example when current internationals are leaving Enschede.
- Sise independent: Saxion International Students Enschede (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SISE.INFO/): This is an English speaking group with mainly Saxion Students, but you can also find UT students and offers for accommodation on campus.
- More options
(Watch out: some of these options require payment to be able to search for housing!)
- Student Union Kamersite: This is the official housing website of Student Union, where you can search their database for a room. It is even completely free to use!
- Kamernet: Kamernet has lots of rooms, studios and apartments for you to rent. You can freely search through their database, but you'll have to upgrade to respond on offers. Tenants and landlords can get in touch and roommates can meet a new roommate. Kamernet does not own these homes. Registered users have direct contact with each other.
- Smartwonen: Smart Wonen is a housing mediation office that helps students and expats find a place to rent in Enschede, Hengelo or Deventer. They have a broad housing supply including rooms, apartments and studios; both furnished and unfurnished. Take a look on the website under ‘for rent’ and you will find the accommodations that are currently available or that will be available soon. If you’re interested in a place click ‘interested’ and they will let you know as soon as possible if the accommodation is still available.
- Directwonen: Browse through up-to-date rentals for free in the city you are (going to be) living in. See a house you like? Create a free account and send the landlord a message. Want to make your move even faster? Upgrade your account to a Smart Account. You will get the newest houses first and when you respond on a house you like, your message will be highlighted and shown on top of the replies the landlord has received. On top of that they help you to make your profile as smart as possible so landlords will want to pick you for their house even more. Website: https://directwonen.nl/en
Address: Emmastraat 210, 7513 BH, Enschede
Phone: 053 431 4115
Tips for the perfect application
- Tell something about yourself: only asking to see a room is not enough; you want to stand out from the other applicants
- Be honest: never lie in your application. Your potential new flat mates choose people who fit in their group and nobody benefits if you pretend to be somebody you are not.
- Keep it short: nobody will read through three pages of application. Just write the most important facts about you and what you expect from living in a shared flat.
Tips for the perfect interview
- Be yourself.
- Ask questions. This will make you seem actually interested in a room. Examples are: Do you have a cleaning schedule? How often do you eat together? Do you do activities together during the weekend?
- Look neat. You do not have to come in a full three-piece suit, but make sure you look like you care about personal hygiene.
- Try to stand out: many houses invite up to 20 people so you have to make sure that they remember you. If you have an unusual hobby or a funny story, do not be shy to tell them! All of us watch Netflix, so be a little more creative!