Start your search for housing early

As you may have read, we are in the process of realizing temporary housing units as we are experiencing a shortage at the moment, making it difficult for students to find suitable accommodation in and around Enschede. 

Although we do our utmost to assist you with finding suitable accommodation, there is a housing shortage at the moment. As a result, students all over the Netherlands are having trouble with finding housing. We advise students to start their search for housing early. 

Housing requirements differ for each type of student. In order to provide you with the most accurate information, please select what situation applies to you:

  • I'm a bachelor's or master's student

    Choose below whether or not you need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study at the University of Twente. Are you not sure what applies to you? Please take a look at our page on entry visas and/or residence permits

    • Entry visa and/or residence permit

      The University of Twente (UT) guarantees to offer all first-year students needing an entry visa and/or residence permit timely, appropriate and affordable furnished housing. For more information about the process, view the pdf.  

      Roomspot

      Since you require an entry visa and/or residence permit as a non-EEA student, UT wishes to offer you additional assistance in your search for a room. Therefore, you will be shown the tab of 'special offer UT' in Roomspot that are exclusively available for non-EEA students. These special offers will be made available to you as soon as we have received and registered the payment of your entry visa and tuition fee, as well as the bank statement. You will be informed by e-mail once the special offers have been made available to you.

      If you would like us to assist you in finding accommodation on campus or in the vicinity of our university, please create an account at Roomspot; the online housing portal for Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offer in Enschede and Hengelo and apply for the accommodations you are interested in.

      You can make an account at Roomspot and respond to room offers at any time, regardless of your application status.

      DURATION OF STAY

      The accommodation that you rent via UT is available to you for a period of up to one year. As our accommodations are classified as ‘short stay’, you are allowed to rent for a period of maximum one year, after which you are required to find your own accommodation. This way we can continue to offer first-year housing to the next generations of students.

      Please note: for ending your rental contract, most rental agencies and landlords handle a notice period of one month. We strongly suggest you to check your rental contract for the conditions that apply to you.

      For all matters related to the state of your accommodation (e.g. damage, leakage) please contact your rental agency.

    • No entry visa and/or residence permit

      If you are:

      • an (international) student who does not need an entry visa and/or residence permit, or
      • a second or third year student,

      and you are looking for accommodation on campus or in the vicinity of our university, please create an account at Roomspot; the online housing portal for Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offer in Enschede and Hengelo and apply for the accommodations you are interested in.

      Please note: for ending your rental contract, most rental agencies and landlords handle a notice period of one month. We strongly suggest you check your rental contract for the conditions that apply to you.

      For all matters related to the state of your accommodation (e.g. damage, leakage) please contact your rental agency.

      The city of Enschede – which is very popular amongst students – has a competitive housing market. We strongly recommend you to inform yourself about the Dutch housing market for students, and to start your search for a room in time.

      Please have a look at our alternative accommodation.

  • I'm an incoming exchange student

    Choose below whether or not you need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study at the University of Twente (UT). Are you not sure whether this applies to you? Please take a look at our page on entry visas and/or residence permits

    • Entry visa and/or residence permit

      UT guarantees to offer all exchange students needing an entry visa and/or residence permit timely, appropriate and affordable furnished housing. For more information about the housing process, click on the picture below. 

      ROOMSPOT

      Since you require an entry visa and/or residence permit as a non-EEA student, UT wishes to offer you additional assistance in your search for a room. Therefore, you will be shown the tab of 'special offer UT' in Roomspot that are exclusively available for non-EEA students. These special offers will be made available to you as soon as we have received and registered the payment of your entry visa as well as the bank statement. You will be informed by e-mail once the special offers have been made available to you. 

      If you would like us to assist you in finding accommodation on campus or in the vicinity of our university, please create an account at Roomspot; the online housing portal for Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offer in Enschede and Hengelo and apply for the accommodations you are interested in.

      You can make an account at Roomspot and respond to room offers at any time, regardless of your application status.

      Duration of stay

      The accommodation that you rent via the University of Twente is available to you for the period of your exchange programme. 

      Please note: for ending your rental contract, most rental agencies and landlords handle a notice period of one month. We strongly suggest you to check your rental contract for the conditions that apply to you.

      For all matters related to the state of your accommodation (e.g. damage, leakage) please contact your rental agency.

    • No entry visa and/or residence permit

      If you are an incoming exchange student who doesn't require an entry visa and/or residence permit, and you are looking for accommodation on campus or in the vicinity of our university, please create an account at Roomspot: the online housing portal for Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offer in Enschede and Hengelo and apply for the accommodations you are interested in.

      For all matters related to the state of your accommodation (e.g. damage, leakage) please contact your rental agency.

      The city of Enschede – which is very popular amongst students – has a competitive housing market. We strongly recommend you to inform yourself about the Dutch housing market for students, and to start your search for a room in time.

      Please have a look at our alternative accommodation.

Be alert and avoid scams

We have received reports of students being scammed when looking for accommodation. Please keep in mind to never pay high, out of proportion amounts of money prior to signing a contract and/or viewing a room.

Housing portal Roomspot

The University of Twente (UT) is the linking pin between local housing providers and admitted international UT students, staff-members and guests: we coordinate supply and demand through the regional housing portal Roomspot.

In order to have accommodation by February: we advise you to register before 1 December. In order to have accommodation by September: we advise you to register before 1 July.

How to arrange housing as a visa student

Are you a visa student looking for a room? Check out our video below or infographic:

Corona rules

In order to stay safe and healthy the housing Roomspot created an infographic about corona and student housing.