Housing for students

Find out how you can arrange a house or room in time.

Each year, over 4,000 new students start at the University of Twente (UT). Since the city of Enschede is also home to Saxion University of Applied Sciences and a conservatorium, you can imagine that a lot of new students start their search for accommodation at the same time as you! Although UT does its utmost to inform you about finding possible accommodations, there is a housing shortage at the moment. As a result, students all over the Netherlands are having trouble finding housing. To ensure a smooth start of your student life at UT, we urge you to arrange your accommodation before the start of your studies.

There are different possible housing options. You can rent a room or a (studio) apartment. You can live alone, or with roommates. Take a look at the student house where Carlijn shares a few facilities and compare it to the apartment which Akash rents alone: 

What applies to you?

Housing processes differ for each type of student. To provide you with the most accurate information, select the situation that applies to you below:

  • I'm an upcoming bachelor's or master's student

    Choose below whether you need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study at the University of Twente. Not sure what applies to you? Then take a look at the page about entry visas and/or residence permits

    • Entry visa and/or residence permit

      If you, as a non-EU student, need an entry visa and/or residence permit, UT will mediate once in your accommodation and ensure a guaranteed housing offer for students who are joining the UT for the very first time. You will rent this accommodation for one year through UT. After that, you have find your own accommodation. UT will not mediate this time. In this way, we can continue to offer first-year housing to the next generations of students.

      *Please note: there are different situations in which you can have an entry visa or residence permit. In the case of a tourist entry visa, UT does not offer guaranteed housing for placement students who stay in the Netherlands for less than 90 days.

      Housing portal Roomspot

      Since you, as a non-EEA student, need an entry visa and/or residence permit UT wants to offer you extra help in your search for a room. That is why you will see the tab 'special offer UT' in the online portal Roomspot, which is 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 are made available to you.

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

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

    • No entry visa and/or residence permit

      If you are:

      • an/a (international) student who does not need an entry visa and/or residence permit, or
      • a returning, second or third-year student,
      • a current Twente Pathway College by Navitas (International Foundation 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 the cities of Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offers and apply for the accommodation you are interested in. Please have a look at our other housing possiblities.

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

    If you are:

    • an/a (international) student who does not need an entry visa and/or residence permit, or;
    • a second or third-year student needing an entry visa and/or residence permit who had guaranteed accommodation for the first year;

    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.

    To see more ways to find suitable accommodations in Enschede or Hengelo, please check the other housing possibilities.

  • I'm an incoming exchange student

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

    • Entry visa and/or residence permit

      UT will mediate once in your accommodation and ensure a guaranteed housing offer for exchange students who are joining the UT for the very first time. You will rent this accommodation for your exchange period with a maximum duration of one year through UT.

      *Please note: there are different situations in which you can have an entry visa or residence permit. In the case of a tourist entry visa, UT does not offer guaranteed housing for placement students who stay in the Netherlands for less than 90 days.

      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 is 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. 

    • 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 near of our university, create an account at Roomspot: the online housing portal for the cities of Enschede and Hengelo. Here you can find the current housing offers and apply for the accommodation you are interested in. Please have a look at our other housing possibilities.

Tips and tricks

Here are some important tips and guidelines to live by when searching for accommodation if you do not require an entry visa and/or residence permit:

  • 1. Register for Roomspot

    First, we advise you to keep an eye on the online portals Roomspot and the Student Union Kamersite. These are local initiatives set up by the municipality of Enschede, Saxion, University of Twente and two housing corporations Stichting Jongerenhuisvesting Twente and de Veste. Also have a look at our alternative accommodation.

    Other online possibilities are national platforms such as Kamernet, Pararius, Huurwoningen.nl, and Kamersenschede.nl. Be aware that we are no direct partners of these national platforms and we cannot guarantee the quality and reliability of the rooms.

    Depending on your accommodation choice, you might be invited for "hospiteren" (applying). This means that you will be invited with other (future) students to have a look at the room and meet the other residents. The current residents then decide who will be their new roommates. It’s also in your interest that you get along with the other students in the house. You might be rejected once or twice, but don't give up. Just be yourself and you will find the ideal room with ideal roommates.

  • 2. Start on time

    You can register at any time in Roomspot. However, if you are a non-EU student who needs a visa/residence permit, you only get access to the special offers after you completed your application. A complete application means that you accepted the offer of admission and paid the tuition and visa fee. Therefore, the sooner you apply, the sooner you can start finding your accommodation.

    When you start to search for accommodation early, you have more chance of finding housing before the start of your studies. Don't worry if you can't find housing immediately after you started your search. Sometimes it may take up to two months before you find something suitable. There is a housing shortage at the moment, so it may be more challenging to quickly find housing.

    Start your search early

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

  • 3. Find housing before the start of your studies

    Studying at a university might be completely new for you, or even moving to a new country can be overwhelming. To ensure a smooth start of your student life at the University of Twente, we, therefore, urge you to arrange accommodation before the start of your studies.

  • 4. Be realistic in your wishes

    Who wouldn’t like to live in a three-bedroom apartment with a nice view over the city? Sometimes it’s better to accept a housing offer when it comes along and search from there. Once you’re living in the area, you can use your newly built network to search for accommodation better suited to your personal preferences.

  • 5. Watch out for scammers

    Don’t be too picky, but watch out for scammers as well. A lot of different tricks are being used, mostly trying to take advantage of the fact that people are not able to come and check out the property in person.

If you want more tips and tricks on finding housing, see the Erasmus Student Network website for a housing guide.

How to arrange housing as a visa student

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

Exceptions for some study programmes

As UT is a campus university, you have the option to live either on-campus or in the city. But if you are going to study one of the programmes below, your situation is different.

Register with Roomspot

Are you looking for a living space in Hengelo or Enschede? Then start at Roomspot! You can register with Roomspot if you are 16 years or older and are looking for living space. Registering with Roomspot is free.

Covid-19 rules

To stay safe and healthy, Roomspot created an infographic about Covid-19 and student housing.