Wageningen is a university town, and more than 7,500 of the 38,000 inhabitants are students. This means that the demand for affordable housing is high, while the supply is low. Finding housing is therefore difficult. If you need a room, make sure you contact the Student Housing office to apply well in advance, or you risk not having a place to live. You must apply through Student Housing for a ‘room guarantee’.
You cannot directly arrange student housing accommodation yourself. You may be able to find rooms through private owners that are renting. However, coming here without accommodation can be risky and potentially more expensive. Read more details about housing in Wageningen.
Exchange students must be nominated for student housing by exchange coordinators in order to be assured a room. As an exchange student, you can NOT submit an application for a room guarantee through Student Housing. Because the number of rooms offered is limited, you must find a room through the private market. Try housinganywhere.com or the WSO/WUR kamerbalie (the Wageningen Student Union has set up a ‘housing desk’ to help students find rooms).
As an international Bachelor’s students at WU, you will be given a room by Student Housing for up to one year. (After this, you must find a room on your own). Once you’ve applied for housing through the Student Housing office, you should register with Idealis as quickly as possible in order to ensure your application will be considered for the period you need housing for.
If you are following a BSc Tourism programme at WU, you will be given a room through Student Housing when you apply. You must register (form download) with Student Housing by filling out a form and uploading it (type in 'uploading' and select 'housing' from the drop-down menu to find out how to upload).
Make sure you submit all forms to Student Housing before the deadline if you want to be considered for housing! If you don’t, your application will be considered ‘low priority’ and you will only be given a room if they are vacant and no ‘high priority’ applications are waiting. Be sure to check when the application deadline is online.
As a Master’s student (EU and non-EU), you will have to follow a certain application procedure for student housing once you are admitted into your programme. You should receive an invoice and housing application form which must be filled out and sent back to the Student Housing office. You have ‘high priority’ and so you have a bed guarantee when you complete these forms. You will then have a pending housing request. (If you don’t need a room, make sure you mention this as well so your potential room can go to someone who does).
Make sure you submit all forms to student housing before the deadline if you want to be considered for housing! If you don’t, your application will be considered ‘low priority’ and you will only be given a room if they are vacant and no ‘high priority’ applications are waiting. Be sure to check when the application deadline is online.
If you’re already an MSc student at WU, you can re-apply for a room via this application form (opens Word document). The deadline for this application is two months before the requested rental starting date.
There are alternative housing options available in times where supply cannot satisfy demand. You can also try to find housing on your own, but keep in mind that it is riskier and much more difficult to come and study abroad without a guaranteed place to live.
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