Looking for a house/flat/apartment? Rental or to buy? Here is our perfect guide.
Where and how to find a house to live is always tiring for everyone. We will provide you an insight with the housing market within the Netherlands. It will make your efforts a bit easy with all the upcoming information you already have.
In Dutch, the frequently used terms are “Te huur” which means “To Rent” and “Te Koop” which means “To buy”. Do not overthink right now as we will take you a bit deeper into both the categories and also tips on how to search the dream house you are willing to rent or buy.
Rental Apartments/House(Te Huur)
There are three types of apartments/houses to rent. Fully furnished, Semi or non furnished and Shell. Shell means the house/apartment does not have the floor or paint on the walls, kitchen appliances etc. Everything needs to be setup by the owner on his own expense.
You can search for Rental apartment/houses via the following popular websites :
If you are a student, you can also go for student hostels or share a room.
Apart from this, you can search the apartments from following facebook groups :
Amsterdam rent a room, partment or studio
Rent in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Housing Apartment
Student Housing Amsterdam
There are more facebook groups for popular cities.
1) All the requests via above websites goes to real estate agents and they can only charge if you finalize the house/apartment. Agent fees can be upto Eur 250.
2) It is better to go for unfurnished apartment/house if you are here for a long term. You can buy all the required stuff second hand from facebook groups with a spending of no more than Eur 1000 and therefore save the extra money paying every month for the furnished apartment.
3) Always check if the rent is including utilities (gas, water, electricity) or without.
4) Carefully read your contract, Check for the notice period when leaving the house. In the contract it should not be more than one month. Also check if there is a minimum duration you need to rent the house.
Apartment/Houses to buy (Te Koop)
You can either buy the one which are already listed on websites or via real estate agents. You can also go for a nieuwbouw apartments/houses which are newly built and the possession will be somewhere two years down the line.
You can have a look at the available houses to buy at the Funda.nl
Hiring an agent in this case is best as per my experience.
Where can I find an overview of nieuwbouw in my city?
You can have a look at housing section in gemeente website.
Specifically for Amsterdam, you can subscribe Amsterdamwoont.nl for nieuwbouw apartment list or you can have also send an email to Zelfbouw@amsterdam.nl if you want to buy a land and build the house on your own.
The popular cities for renting or buying the apartment or house are Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Utrecht, Almere, Rotterdam, The Hague, Uithoorn and Haarlem. The public transport(Metro, Bus, Tram, Train) from all these cities is always great. You will reach most of the places within 15 to 45 min depending upon where you stay.
These are the most popular cities therefore expensive too. You can expect Eur1500 to Eur 2000 for a 2BHK rental property.
Almere & Uithoorn are quite cheaper in comparison to the rest of the cities.