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Resources for Finding a House or Room in The Netherlands

Categories: Housing

You’ve packed your bags and said goodbye to your homeland forever! Oh gosh, no. Maybe not forever, but maybe for a short while. One of the things we find newcomers struggle with is finding reasonably priced accommodations. This can be true for all budgets. There is the added bonus of having to deal with dodgy real-estate agents (makelaars in dutch) and, of course, the multitude of scams. As a general rule, you should never accept to pay for an apartment if registration is not possible and/or if you haven’t actually visited the apartment. Also, keep in mind the real estate agent cannot charge you a search fee if he/she is getting paid by the landlord. There are also limits to how much they can charge you should you decide to use an agency to find you a house. We’ve listed some resources below to help you find your new home below. Starting with agencies before moving into some more modern or “untraditional” methods, following these will surely set you well on your way to finding a home.

Also, as a bit of an insider tip: a well-run housing webinar will always put you on the right path. Do consider the multiple advantages such events provide, especially for those fresh in the country!

Pararius.nl – Pararius is one of the better-established larger rental portals. Many real estate agents post their apartments there, and the site is well-managed and easy to use. The customer support is also quite good. They claim to have close to 11,000 properties across The Netherlands. The advantage of using Pararius is you get fewer scams as the real estate agents have to provide credentials. Again keep in mind Pararius will put you in touch with the real estate agents and so you need to be critical of the fees you would be asked from those real estate agents.

Corporate Housing Living – Create a profile and get a match. Corporate Housing Living offers short-term, indefinite, and fixed rental agreements for corporate expats in the Netherlands. Through an easy to use procedure, their team of experienced professionals will hunt for your ideal match, regardless of length of stay or level of furnishings.

Welocate – offers a comprehensive range of services designed to simplify the process of renting a property in the Netherlands, especially tailored for expats. With their Home Renters Plan, they provide a structured and supportive approach to finding the perfect rental home, catering to short, medium, or long stays. Recognizing the challenges that come with relocating, Welocate also offers relocation packages, ensuring support extends across the entire country. Established by expats for expats, their deep understanding of the unique needs of their clientele shines through in their quick response times and personalized service. Having been in the industry for many years, Welocate’s expertise and dedication make it an ideal partner for anyone looking to navigate the Dutch rental market with ease and confidence.

Rentbird – Revolutionizing the search for rental properties with the help of its smart search bots. These bots can find every available rental property, including hidden gems that often go unnoticed by other house seekers. When you place a search, your personal search bot immediately gets to work, sending you new properties that match your housing needs via Whatsapp or email within seconds. By being the first to respond to the latest offers, you increase your chances of securing an invitation for a viewing. Rentbird makes the search for your next home simple and fast – just click the “Place your search” button, enter your desired city of residence and other search criteria, and let the search bots do the work for you.

Kamernet – One of the larger room portals in The Netherlands, with over 100,000 rooms for rent per year makes it a helpful resource. There is, however, a signup fee, and you’ll find rooms as well as apartments. Although the company does a very good job of screening for good places, there’s always some dishonest scammer that may try to get through. It’s a great resource for those looking under the 1000 EUR p/m rental fee. Once you become a member, the user interface is really handy to use. The site is available in Dutch and in English.

Huurstunt – Huurstunt has over 10,000 properties to choose from and a nice easy to use sleek interface. They have over 200,000 visits per month.  Interestingly enough, you’ll also find not just apartments but other people looking for apartments as well. Ideal for those looking for a roommate or if you are an owner looking for tenants. The site is available in Dutch only but easy to navigate. Having been around since 2007, this site is great for finding a studio, apartment or room.

Funda – Funda caters to a variety of users, including homebuyers, sellers, and renters. The user-friendly interface allows users to search for properties based on their preferred location, budget, type, and more through detailed property listings, complete with photos and descriptions. For those looking to sell or rent their property, Funda offers effective marketing solutions that allow them to reach a large audience.

TOSS in Holland offers comprehensive support in the real estate process, prioritizing a hands-on approach to assist clients at every stage. Their experienced team is dedicated to providing the necessary guidance and resources for a seamless transition into a new home and environment, building upon the TOSS Group’s expertise in international business, expat services, payroll, and temporary employment.


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Miscellaneous Facebook Groups

There are a lot of Facebook groups that you can go to for assistance with apartment hunting. A simple search on Facebook will reveal many groups. Here they are by city. If you can’t find one for your city, please reach out [email protected] and we can suggest some in your area. Some tips such as searching for Expats in Amsterdam, Expat Republic The Hague, Housing The Hague/Rotterdam/Leiden, Expats in Eindhoven, Apartments for rent in Rotterdam/Leiden/The Hague/Utrecht, Expats in Utrecht or Expat Republic Utrecht. There are loads of Facebook groups. Doing your search this way has the advantage of possibly connecting you directly with the landlord (cutting out the middleman). Keep in mind, however, there are loads of scammers who will try to get the first month’s rent from you only to disappear moments later. Make sure to check out the apartment first, ask for a phone number and whether or not registration is possible. Also, be wary of apartments for rent from those residing outside The Netherlands.

Real-Estate Agents (Makelaars)

There are loads of real estate agents out there. Some are more honest than others, and due to the overwhelming number of dishonest ones, there’s a sort of stigma around real-estate agents in general in The Netherlands.  From our standpoint, we’ve personally investigated a few which follow the rules and provide good service (Expats broker, for instance). Fill in the form below, and we’ll put you in touch with some options.

Once you’ve found that cozy place to call home, don’t forget you will need to set up the utilities as well as the phone and internet. Keep in mind regarding utilities you can save money and time by using portals that provide package deals on gas, water, electricity, and internet, such as Utility Direct or PartnerPete.

Consider Short Stay

If you need a place for a short while to scope out where exactly you’ll sign a 6-12 month rental contract, consider a serviced or short stay apartment. Of course, you may only actually be in the country for a short period of time where Airbnb and hotels are too expensive, and an extended rental contract is not necessary. Again, enter short stay housing—it’s perfect if you’re in town for a little longer than most but shorter than those who live here.

5 Responses to "Resources for Finding a House or Room in The Netherlands"

  1. Evangelia Michakou
    Evangelia Michakou Posted on 07/13/2018 at 16:04

    I have just moved in Holland and could use some hel pin finding a house since i have 2 dogs with me . Could you provide me some infos about real estate that would help me ?The area i am interested in is around Amsterdam – Utrecht villlages , i believe i can find something cheaper there than in big cities.

  2. Zoe
    Zoe Posted on 09/19/2018 at 21:35


    Great article with useful tips. Could you send me a list of some estate agents that are good please? Looking for a place in or around Amsterdam Zuid-oost to Utrecht.


  3. Belen Panzera
    Belen Panzera Posted on 03/07/2019 at 16:16

    Hi! We are a couple of Uruguayans with Spanish citizenship moving to Amsterdam next week. We are currently looking for an apartment but it is turning out to be harder than we thought…
    Do you have any recommendations? Or a trust worthy real state agency we can contact? Thank u very much!

  4. Martijn Schneider
    Martijn Schneider Posted on 05/25/2019 at 13:50

    Hi Belen,

    Try HousingAgent.com.

    Kind regards,


  5. Dragana Ilijasevic
    Dragana Ilijasevic Posted on 07/07/2019 at 20:40

    Hello,we are writing you from Italy. We are looking for a room for my daughter in Amsterdam for 10 months, in the period from 1st September 2019 to 30th June 2020. She is accepted at the Ballet School in Amsterdam.Please, if you can, give us some more information to find a room near to Chassestraat. Thank you very much and have a nice day