Finding accommodation in Nijmegen

Unfortunately, there is a shortage of rooms in the city of Nijmegen. Not only for internationals, but also for Dutch students.

Most international students are eligble for housing assistance via Radboud University. Check if you are eligble.


  • Start searching as early as possible. Optimally, half a year in advance. 
  • Do not limit your search to Nijmegen itself, but also look in the surrounding area.



  1. Never pay a 'mediation fee'. This is illegal in The Netherlands.
  2. Don't accept offers that are simply too good to be true.
  3. Be careful with landlords that ask you to send a copy of your ID.
  4. Avoid transferring large amounts of rent before having seen the room yourself. Although, in the Netherlands, it is common to transfer one month’s rent and a deposit in advance. This usually happens after you sign a rental contract.
  5. In recent years, lots of scammers have been active on non-commercial platforms like Facebook groups.
  6. For international students: if you have not been able to find a room before 1 August, we urge you not to travel to Nijmegen, as it will no longer be possible to find a room.

How can I find accommodation?

Many students find accommodation through their social network. There are also other popular options for finding accommodation, such as:

  1. SSH& (for degree-seeking students only)
  2. Hospi Housing: stay with a host or guest family
  3. Social media like Facebook
  4. Commercial agencies
  5. Social housing
  6. Other platforms

1. SSH& (Student Housing Organization)

Many students find accommodation in Nijmegen through the Student Housing Association (SSH&)SSH& uses a lottery system, which gives you the chance of finding accommodation every week.

Registration for accommodation seekers is free; you will only need to pay after you have found accommodation.

You can register with SSH& if you:

  • Are a degree-seeking student (not an exchange student).
  • Have valid proof of enrolment at Radboud University. You can only complete your enrolment at Radboud University and download your proof of enrolment after you have completed your previous education, and this has been verified.
  • Are under the age of 30.

Please note: You will be given priority for accommodation if your total travel time from your home address to Nijmegen Central Station exceeds two hours.

2. Hospi Housing: stay with a host or guest family

This will provide you with a soft landing in the Netherlands and is the perfect way to get in touch with Dutch culture and language. You’ll have your own private room and shared facilities like a kitchen and bathroom. Hospi Housing has a big network of verified hosts and guest families. 

3. Social media like Facebook

In the Netherlands, it is common to have an interview (hospiteren / kijkavond) and meet the other tenants when a room becomes available.  Often this "room ad" will be published by your future housemate in a Facebook group or on a website. 

Dutch Facebook groups (access is free of charge):

Commercial website (commission fee is necessary):


4. Commercial agencies

You can also register with a commercial accommodation agency. But be careful, because the agency fees are usually quite high and the price of the accommodation on offer is often higher than average.

We have good experiences with Wibeco B.V.Guesthouse NijmegenKamer Beheer Service (KBS)Numega Vastgoed.

Other real estate agencies that offer houses/apartments for rent: SOOF AanhuurmakelaarHestiaFIXvastgoedStrijbosch ThunnissenRotsvast GroepDirect Wonen Nijmegen.

DolFijnWonenExecutive Home Rentals also offer furnished apartments.

5. Social housing

You can register with Entree if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have the Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit

Other platforms

  • HousingAnywhere. A student-to-student housing platform where the demand & supply of short-term accommodation meets.
  • Marktplaats. Offers different kinds of things for sale or rent. Choose "woningen – huur" and search in Nijmegen (e.g., postal code 6511)
  • Pararius. A website that allows you to search through a large number of rental properties.
  • Wimdu. A search engine for privately owned rooms.
  • Guesthouse Vertoef. Long-stay hotel. Studios are suitable for temporary living when you are 'in between houses'.

I found accommodation! What's next?

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Questions about a contract, a room price and other

  1. General questions or problems? Huurteams Nijmegen 
  2. Questions about the rent you have to pay? Huurcommissie (Rent Tribunal)
  3. What to consider exactly before you move in? De Consumentenbond (Consumer Association)
  4. Feel discriminated against because of your nationality? Vizier Oost
  5. Interested in whether you can apply for housing benefits? Huurtoeslag Rent Allowance