Accommodation and student life
ISS offers housing to all students for the first 12 months of the study period during which classes take
place. Therefore, ISS has reserved rooms in 5 student residences. When rooms are available, rooms will also be offered to visiting researchers and other visitors. The residences Dorus Rijkersplein, Bazarlaan and Sunneke are serviced by DUWO. The other two residences, Buitenom and Gondelstraat, are temporarely serviced by ISS itself.
Living together with your fellow students provides an excellent opportunity to get to know each other well and to build solid, often lifelong, friendships. Moreover, it enhances the overall academic community and additionally, living in ISS student residences has the benefit you can immediately focus on your studies considering your housing is already arranged. [read more]
If accommodation is available, the rental period for PhD students, visiting researchers and other visitors can start somewhere during the academic year. It has also a fixed start and end date, but with the possibility of extension on basis of availability.
For master students: Only in case of premature cancellation of the course and with permission of the EUR ISS Housing Team, an early cancellation is possible.
For PhD students: Only in case of leaving the Netherlands for research related purposes and with permission of the EUR ISS Housing Team, an early cancellation is possible.
Some scholarship programmes include guaranteed housing for the entire study period: Students with a NFP, WDS, Stuned or Dreilinden scholarship get a tenancy agreement for the ISS residences for the full duration of the programme.
From summer 2014 a new housing policy is implemented. And outsourcing the housing facilities as part of this policy, has taken effect from 1 January 2016. As of 1 January DUWO is the new landlord for the residencies Dorus Rijkersplein, Bazarlaan and Sunneke. Other important changes are that only fixed-term tenancy agreements are possible, which means ending prematurely is not possible. And we have less rooms, so accommodating visitors is not always possible. [read more]
- Students are guaranteed housing for the first 12 months of the study period during which classes take place.
- Students with NFP, WDS, Stuned or Dreilinden scholarship get a tenancy agreement for the ISS residences for the full duration of the programme.
- The ISS rooms are available on a fixed-term tenancy only, meaning that the tenancy cannot be terminated prematurely. Only in case of premature cancellation of the course and with permission of ISS, an early cancellation is possible.
- Double rooms are primarely intended for couples. Students with NFP, WDS, Stuned or Dreilinden scholarship are not entitled for double rooms.
- Rental fees are calculated by governmental pointsystem "Huurprijscheck onzelfstandige woonruimte" and in line with common practice for furnished rooms in the Netherlands.
ISS has reserved rooms in 5 student residences. All accommodation offered by ISS meets the same basic quality standards. Of course they vary in terms of location, size and atmosphere. [read more]
Dorus Rijkersplein (“Dorus”)
A quite modern residence often called “Dorus”. It is located right at the back of the ISS building, a 2 minute walk. This residence accommodate 125 single rooms and 10 double rooms (primarily intended for couples). All rooms have their own bathroom, and share the kitchen with 5-8 rooms. There is a common room where you can watch TV and relax, and a laundry room.
A quite modern residence often called “Bazar”. Just like residence Dorus Rijkersplein located right at the back of the ISS building, a 2 minute walk. This residence accommodate 57 single rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom, and share the kitchen with 3-4 rooms. The common room, as well as the laundry room, is located in “Dorus”.
Prins Hendrikstraat (“Sunneke”)
The residence “Sunneke” is a19th century building and located in one of The Hague’s most charming districts “Zeeheldenkwartier”. Located 650 meters from the ISS, a 8 minute walk. This residence accommodates 20 single rooms and 6 double rooms (primarily intended for couples). All rooms have their own bathroom, and share kitchen facilities with 10 rooms. Students share a common room where you can watch TV and relax. Laundry room is available.
This residence is located in Scheveningen, near the seaside. It is 3,4 km from the ISS, 15 minute by bike or public transport. A bit further away from ISS, but near the boulevard and beach (500 meter). This residence accommodates 29 single rooms. All rooms share the bathroom with 2 other rooms and the large kitchen facilities with14 rooms. Students share a common room where you can watch TV and relax. This residence has a big courtyard/garden. Laundry room is available. ISS will provide the tenants of Gondelstraat with a bicycle to use during their stay.
This residence is located in a 19th century building at the border of the city center, next to a canal. It is 1,9 km from the ISS, 7 minute by bike and a 22 minute walk. This residence accommodates 11 single rooms. All rooms share the bathroom and kitchen facilities with other rooms. There is a nice courtyard/garden and also laundry room is available. The residence is being refurbished this summer.
The rent is between 374,89 EURO – 532,50 EURO* per month for a single room. It includes: furniture, linen set, blanket and cushion, fully equipped kitchen, internet access, the use of electricity, water and heating, insurances and municipal taxes. Prices are in line with common practice for furnished rooms in the Netherlands. Please note that we have only a couple of cheaper rooms, most rooms have a rent of 532,50 EURO. [read more]
|Room type||Size|| |
Max. rental price per month
|Bazarlaan, single||16 m2/ 21 m2||€ 509,24 - € 532,50|
|Dorus Rijkersplein, single||16 m2 / 20 m2|| |
€ 519,39 - € 532,50
|Dorus Rijkersplein, double||31 m2 / 32 m2||€ 648,54 - € 652,75|
|Prins Hendrikstraat, single||20 m2 / 24.85 m2||€ 501,76 - € 531,24|
|Prins Hendrikstraat, double||27.75 m2 / 29 m2||€ 549,14 - € 556,51|
|Gondelstraat, single||11.3 m2 - 20.6 m2||€ 383,00 - €499,00|
|Buitenom, single||12 m2 - 15 m2||€ 374,89 - € 417,58|
* For PhD students with old tenancy agreements other rental prices apply.
Futhermore an one-time administration fee of € 100,-- is applicable. This fee covers a part of the costs related to processing the housing request, drawing up the tenancy agreement and preparing the room. This kind of fee is common when renting accommodation in the Netherlands.
Requesting en registration for a room
Master students, Atlantis students and students of short courses who have confirmed their coming to the ISS with the International Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), receive an email about accommodation 1 to 2 months prior to arrival.
Phd students who having confirmed their start, recieve an email from the PhD office about accommodation prior to arrival.
Visiting researchers or other visitors can request for a room by sending an email to the EUR ISS Housing Team. [read more]
The EUR ISS Housing Team will determine if the housing request can be approved and will allocate a room and send you an email which room is assigned to you as well as further details.
Tenancy agreement, receiving keys and payment
When your housing request is approved, you will receive a tenancy agreement and information about how to pay the rent and administration fee (100 EURO). Then you have to sign the agreement and pay the rent of the first month. When you arrive at ISS you will receive the keys of your room. The rent of the other months has to be paid before the first day of the new month. You can pay the rent only by bank transfer. [read more]
Untill December 2015, for students with a NFP, WDS, Stuned or Dreilinden scholarship the rent was automatically deducted from the monthly allowance by ISS. But from January 2016 these students will get the full monthly allowance and have to transfer the rent themselve.
* With this fee ISS covers a part of the costs related to processing the housing request, drawing up the tenancy agreement and preparing the room. This kind of fee is common when renting a house in the Netherlands.
Bringing your partner
If you want to bring your partner you can apply for a double room. We have a very limited number of double rooms / studios available, so we can’t guarantee there is one available for you. The offered accommodation is not intended for families, so if you also want to bring your child(ren), please contact the EUR ISS Housing Team to discuss the possiblitities. [read more]
Please keep in mind that it is allowed you have a visitor in your room during the day, but it is not allowed to lodge or reside him in the room. This because ISS is obliged to comply with the local government rules and regulations, fire prevention regulations. [read more]
Otherwise, other good options are:
StayOkay: a hostel where you can book a individual room or shared room from 20,00 EURO a night. You will get a discount of 10% as EUR/ISS student/guest. The hostel is located on short walking distance of train station Hollands Spoor and other public transport.
EasyHotel a hotel very close to the ISS, which offers private rooms from 49,00 euro a night. The hotel is located in the city center, on walking distance of the ISS.
When, for various reasons, you are not interested in the ISS accommodation, you are free to make housing arrangements yourself. This can be the case when for instance, you want to bring your partner or family, want to live more individual or don’t want to commit to a 12 month tenancy agreement. Unlike some other cities in the Netherlands, The Hague has relative enough (student) accommodation on offer. [read more]
Finding a room on the private market
Good connections are important. Many students find a room thanks to their connections. So let your friends know that you are searching for a room. Change your name on Facebook in "[your name] is looking for a room in The Hague" and post a message or ad on your Facebook page. Also, use your other social media as: Google+, Twitter, etc. And take a look at:
- HousingAnywhere (preferred supplier EUR/ISS), a free student to student housing portal offering rooms for short-term sublet by students to other students. For example, students going on exchanges can offer their rooms for sublet on Housing Anywhere. The website allows you to search by region and filter your choices according to time required and budget.
- Kamertje (only in Dutch)
- student Links (only in Dutch)
- Kamerz (only in Dutch)
- Kamers (only in Dutch)
Finding an apartment on the private market
It is also an option to find a room through brokers or commercial intermediaries. This accommodation is generally non‐furnished and may not include utility bills, taxes and internet charges. You pay for these homes usually intermediation costs. We advise you to be critical! Please check that you are dealing with a reputable landlord before parting with your deposit.
- Verra Real Estate: If you are looking for a individual house starting from 750 EURO p/month you can contact Verra Real Estate. Verra Real Estate is the preferred supplier of ISS/Erasmus University Rotterdam, and specializes in housing and relocation services for expats in the area of The Hague, Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam.
- Direct wonen
Furthermore, if you are looking for a luxurious fully furnished studio, The Student Hotel is maybe a good choice. It is for stays of one day to ten months. It is a 25 walk or 10 minute by bike to the ISS. Every room has a private bathroom, a study desk, a flat screen TV, high speed internet and your own bicycle.
Did you find an address, go see for yourself, and always take someone with you. Prepare in advance a list of points that you should look for:
- The landlord is reliable?
- Do you have a private entrance?
- Is there heating, a sink, a toilet nearby?
- Can you cook in your room?
- What about the (fire) safety?
- Can you register on this address at The Hague Municipality? (to register yourself is compulsory)
- How long is the lease?
- Read the contract very carefully before you sign and make sure you understand everything in it
Check carefully what is included in the rent and what is not. Do not forget the additional costs:
- Heating, water, electricity
- Subscription internetconnection, cable and telephone
- Municipal taxes
- Insurance, be sure to ask for a contents insurance
- Service charge (cleaning and lighting common areas)
- Have you found a room that is included? Make sure that tax is really inclusive. And not water, gas, and light, but also council tax, internet and TV.
Do you have any questions or comments about housing? Do not hesitate to contact the EUR ISS Housing Team through sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Most ISS students have never been to the Netherlands before. Others may have only limited knowledge of the life in this country. [read more]
Throughout the year social and cultural activities are organized by our dedicated Welfare Office. Activities include a sports day, a Dutch evening, an International Food Fair, excursions, movies and performances in the ISS building.