Housing Basics

Introduction

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Finding accommodation is the first step you need to take towards making Maastricht your new home. Maastricht has many different types of accommodation on offer, but it can always be a daunting task to find a suitable room in a new city. By getting organised and thinking ahead, you should easily be able to find a room within your budget. Also, to establish yourself properly in Maastricht you will most likely have to deal with three separate parties; the municipality of Maastricht, an agency or housing corporation and your (future) landlord.

Our Housing section provides information that aims to answer some of the questions you might have about your current or future housing situation in Maastricht, as well as tips for dealing with any of the three parties. This should help you to get settled easily, so you can enjoy Maastricht without needless stress!

The First Decision

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The first decision you will take is whether you want to live in student accommodation (run by the University) or if you’d rather live in a private rental. Many students decide to live in privately rented student houses, studios, or shared apartments. However, short-term accommodation is also available in the form of hotels and hostels, in addition to other students subletting their places for a couple of months.

When renting a student-room, you share facilities like kitchen, bathroom, toilet and sometimes a living room. When renting a studio or apartment you don’t have to share those facilities. Also, when renting a student-room you usually can’t choose your own housemates.

In the following sections, you will find more information on obligations, basic rent, service costs and much more.

Belgium

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Some students choose to live in Belgium, where accommodation may be cheaper and you can get more for your money, and it is possible to commute to Maastricht by bike. However, this choice means that you will need to register yourself with the Belgian municipality, and may face additional bureaucratic steps that are not covered here. Bear in mind that if you are a non-EU student and you have a residence permit for the Netherlands, then you cannot live in Belgium and commute to Maastricht.

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