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.

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

Finding accommodation through rental agencies or private landlords

Prioritize finding accommodation once you know that you will attend TU Delft. Finding a room in Delft can be difficult and time-consuming. As most university cities in the Netherlands, Delft has a shortage of affordable student accommodations.

The following information may prove to be useful when looking for accommodation:

  • Delft is a relatively small city, therefore neighbouring municipalities can provide good alternatives within reasonable travel distance from TU Delft’s campus.
  • Click here for a list of organisations and platforms that (also) cater to students.
  • Delft municipality offers several insights on housing.
  • Groups on Facebook could aid the search for accommodation; e.g. “Find a room(mate) in Delft” & “Find an international roommate in Delft”.

Keep the following in mind when looking for accommodation:

  • There are fewer (affordable) accommodations available, in the months leading up to the start of a new academic year
  • Most accommodations on offer are unfurnished and rent often does not include utilities and municipal taxes.
  • Make sure the owner provides you with a declaration of permission to register the address with the municipality.
  • Read the rental agreement carefully.
  • Be aware of rental frauds.

After finding accommodation register your Dutch address as soon as possible in Studielink.

Lodging with family, friends, and other acquaintances

Moving in with someone? Make sure to have permission from the primary resident as well as the owner of the residence to register the address with the municipality, for which you can use this authorisation form. Fill in the authorisation form and have it signed by the primary resident and the owner of the residence. Bring the form with the necessary documents, as mentioned in the form, to your registration with the municipality. Additionally, register your Dutch address as soon as possible in Studielink.

Finding accommodation using TU Delft's housing service

TU Delft has partnered with various housing agencies in the greater-Delft region to offer accommodation to students coming from abroad. Accommodations will become available prior to the start of each semester and can only be reserved through TU Delft’s housing portal.

TU Delft determines the order in which students gain access to the housing portal based on the order in which full payments are received. Note that TU Delft cannot guarantee to accommodate everyone who applies for this service nor that the available accommodations will meet your preferences; it remains your responsibility to find suitable accommodation in time before the start of your studies when TU Delft’s accommodation supply runs out.

Indicate in Osiris when submitting your Confirmation Statement if you would like to apply for this service. Procedural information will follow after TU Delft has processed the receipt of your full payment as specified in your Financial Letter.

Conditions

General

  • A non-refundable housing fee of €228,- is charged to cover part of the costs TU Delft incurs to provide this service.
  • Accommodations will become available prior to the start of your study programme
  • Accommodations can only be reserved through TU Delft’s housing portal.
  • Applications are processed on a first come first served basis.
  • TU Delft can only accommodate students if accommodations are available.

Rental Contract

  • Bachelor students can only be offered rental contracts for one year and will need to find their own accommodation the year after.
  • Master students are offered rental contracts for one year and have the possibility to renew their contract for one more year; 
  • Exchange students will be offered a rental contract for one or two semesters, depending on the duration of their stay.
  • Accommodations are offered for a fixed rental period and early termination of the rental contract is not approved.

Accommodations

  • Accommodations are single occupancy only.
  • Accommodations with shared facilities consist of multiple single rooms that share kitchen, bathroom(s) and common areas with other students. Small units with shared facilities are always occupied by the same gender, whereas in large units men and women are mixed.
  • It is not allowed to accommodate children or pets.
  • The few couple accommodations can only be reserved if both partners are registered at TU Delft.

Rent

  • The monthly rent ranges roughly from €450,- to €750,- per month per room (including rent, water, gas, electricity, internet, service charges and taxes).
  • The first invoice consists generally of three months’ rent and a contract fee of the housing provider

Distance

  • TU Delft’s housing service offers accommodation in the greater-Delft region within acceptable travel distance from TU Delft campus (app. 30 minutes by bike and/or public transport).

After finding accommodation register your Dutch address as soon as possible in Studielink.

Disclaimers:

  • 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.