Tips for housing in the Netherlands, where will you be living?
Where are you going to live?
Hostfamilies in the Netherlands
You can contact us directly to inquire about a specific accommodation offer or for guidance in finding suitable housing during your language academy. We provide a large network of host families who are eager to welcome you. They will strive to make the best possible match while providing everything you need. You can expect (at minimum) a room for yourself with a bed, desk, chair, wifi, and a shared kitchen and bathroom.
During your stay
During your stay with a host family in the Netherlands, you can expect a warm and welcoming environment. Dutch people are generally known for their friendly and open character. Here are some things you can expect from a host family in the Netherlands:
- Hospitality: Dutch people are known for their hospitality and generosity. Your host family will likely go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and ensure you have a pleasant stay.
- Respect for privacy: Dutch families are not only hospitable but also respect personal boundaries and privacy. They will give you space when needed and understand the importance of privacy.
- Shared meals: Eating together is an important part of Dutch culture. Your host family may invite you to join them for meals, allowing you to experience traditional Dutch cuisine. Be prepared for hearty meals with dishes like stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables) or Dutch pancakes.
- Open communication: Dutch people are known for being direct in their communication. They appreciate open and honest conversations. If you have any questions or concerns, discuss them openly with your host family.
- Tolerance and diversity: The Netherlands is a multicultural country that values diversity and tolerance. Your host family will likely be open-minded and respectful of different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.
- Bike culture: The Netherlands is known for its bike culture. Your host family may provide you with a bike to help you get around and experience the local mode of transportation.
- Clean and organized living space: Dutch households are often well-maintained and organized. Your host family will likely keep their living space clean and tidy, and they may expect you to do the same.
- Punctuality: Dutch people are generally punctual and appreciate punctuality in others. If you have agreed upon specific times or plans with your host family, it's important to be on time or notify them of any delays in advance.
Remember that every family is unique, and your experience may vary depending on the specific family you stay with. It's always a good idea to discuss expectations and preferences for your stay with your host family to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
You can also explore various accommodation options on your own, such as:
- Student housing: Some language academies collaborate with student housing providers to offer participants temporary housing. These accommodations are often furnished and conveniently located near the academy.
- Shared apartments: Sharing an apartment with other language academy participants can be a cost-effective option. You can search for shared apartments or rooms on platforms like Kamernet, Expatrentals, or Facebook groups specifically for housing in the area.
- Temporary rentals: You may consider renting a furnished apartment or studio for the duration of the language academy. Websites like Airbnb, Booking.com, or specialized short-term rental platforms may have suitable options.
- Hotels or serviced apartments: If you desire more convenience and comfort, you can look into hotels or serviced apartments that offer options for longer stays. These accommodations are generally more expensive but provide amenities and services.
When searching for accommodation, consider factors such as proximity to the language academy, transportation options, safety, and your personal preferences. It's also a good idea to start your search early to ensure the best available options.