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Introduction

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The first thing you want to do is ask yourself what you’d like your new home to look like. Do you want to live alone or with other people? How far from you faculty are you willing to live? What is your budget? Addressing these questions as early as possible will give you an advantage in finding what you want quickly and efficiently. Once you have a rough idea of what you want, you can begin your search. This section gives you some idea of where you can start looking..

Student housing

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Student specific housing is offered by some estate agents, however the most comprehensive housing agency is Maastricht Housing. This website is a great place to start because it specialises solely in housing for students and associates of the institutions of higher education and gives a very broad range of different housing options.

housing keurmerk / certification mark

The Gemeente Maastricht has recently conducted a study on student housing in Maastricht and understood that the housing market for student accommodation is in dire need of reform and regulation. There are increasing concerns in regards to quality, price and location, as well as security and safety of many typical student accommodations. As a reaction to these findings, the Gemeente has partnered up with different organizations to improve the living situations of students.

These organizations are namely the Stichting Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht (SSHM) & the Vereniging Verhuurders Woonruimtes Maastricht (VVWM), which have collaborated with the firedepartment, the Maastricht Student Council, and the Gemeente to introduce the so called “Prettig Wonen Keurmerk”. This certification given out by the keurmerk foundation to student housing which is in accordance with a set of requirements, for example safety related (are there smoke detectors and fire extinguishers & is it burglary-proof?) or related to rental price, as well as the landlord’s behavior and willingness to fulfill his obligations. Check out the website (only in dutch) or this short informative video for more information!

The keurmerk ensures that the room/housing lives up to a variety of standards, which benefits the students, the landlords, neighbors, Gemeente and even the University. By establishing 6 cornerstones it aims at regulating and improving the housing market, so that parents can send their children to Maastricht and be ensured about the child’s safety. See the attached power point presentation for more detailed answers and explanations on the organization and processes, as well as a picture of the actual certification mark.

When you are looking for a room and you find one with the certification mark, you can be sure that you are living in a safe environment which is properly taken care of and which has a caring landlord/agency in case you have a problem and need help!

Housing corporations

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There are three official housing corporations offering both private and shared housing in Maastricht. These are Maasvallei, Servatius and Woonpunt. These companies act as mediators between landlords and tenants, and facilitate the needs of both. Once you’ve signed up to one of these corporations you can start browsing the offers on their website. The sooner you register the higher your chances are of finding a place you’d like to call home. Housing corporations generally offer a wide selection of housing to cater to different needs.

Estate Agents

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You can also contact a local estate agent if your search isn’t going as well as you had hoped for. Bear in mind that estate agents will charge a mediation fee if you decide to go with a room they showed you. The Dutch term for an estate agents is Makelaars – so a simple google search ‘Makelaars Maastricht’ should do the trick.

Antikraak

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Antikraak is a service provided to combat the squatting of unused buildings. This service involves placing registered tenants in buildings that are unoccupied to protect the structure from illegal residents, or squatters. You’ll typically pay a low rental fee, which is justified by your limited legal rights within such a building. The low rental fees make this a desirable choice, so there are often waitlists to apply for this housing option. For more information visit Ad Hoc Beheer, Maximus BeheerDe Vastgoedbeschermer or Camelot.

Comparison sites

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Some websites give overviews of the properties currently available to rent, displaying properties offered by landlords and estate agents. You can use these websites to get a rough idea of the rental market, and get a good picture of the types of accommodation and locations available to you in Maastricht. These sites are free of charge, though it is important to note that some estate agencies do not consent to their properties being listed, so they do not incorporate all the possible options available. Try one of these sites: Funda, Pararius, and Direct Wonen.

Belgium

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It is possible to commute to Maastricht from neighbouring Belgium, which some prefer because you get more for your money. 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.

Social Media

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Social media can be a useful tool to get informed about housing in Maastricht. It may be necessary for you to share accommodation in order to cut costs and social media can help you meet like-minded people in a similar situation. Furthermore, numerous online pages exist with the sole purpose of providing a platform to students looking for help and advice. Try the following Facebook groups: Rooms for rent, Maastricht Student Rooms, Maastricht Room Search, and Flat Hunting Maastricht.

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