Information for incoming international students

Make sure to arrange your accommodation before arriving in the Netherlands, as you are officially required to register a valid Dutch address within 5 days after arrival in the Netherlands. Registering a valid Dutch address at the local municipality is a legal obligation for all who intend to stay in the Netherlands for 4 months or more, irrespective of nationality or purpose of stay. A valid and registered address allows you to obtain a BSN (Citizen Service Number), which is needed to interact with Dutch authorities.
You can optain a BSN by registering at the Municipality of the city your valid Dutch address is located.

TU Delft suggests three ways to arrange accommodation. See below for information on each of these options.

Finding a room

It is very difficult to find a room in Delft and its surroundings. This is due to a shortage of housing in The Netherlands, specially student accommodations.



  • Considering the difficult housing market, TU Delft advises you to consider re-applying for next year if you cannot secure an accommodation before the start of your study programme.
  • For Non-EU/EFTA nationals being registered is a requirement for maintaining their Residence Permit for Study.
  • Please be aware of rental frauds (more information).
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