Rotterdam is becoming more popular. Therefore it's important to search for a room as soon as possible.
How do I find accommodation?
Rotterdam is becoming more and more popular. Therefore it is wise to find a place to live as soon as possible, we advise May/June. There’s hardly a campus system in the Netherlands and students are responsible for their own housing. The possibilities for Codarts to arrange housing for students either directly or indirectly are very limited.
Being able to find a room partly depends on having a local social network. This is of course hard to initiate and manage from abroad. The longer you stay in Rotterdam and the more people you will get to know, the easier it gets to find housing.
It’s good to know that in the Netherlands there is a short-supply of studios and small apartments. Most accommodation in Rotterdam is by means of a flat share, whereby all flat mates have their own bedroom but share the bathroom, toilet, kitchen and (when applicable) the living room. The Netherlands is a modern and liberal society so men and women do live together in such flat shares (if you prefer not to, make this known).
Recommended areas to find a room close to Codarts Rotterdam are: Blijdorp, Centrum, Kralingen, West, Noord, Delfshaven / Coolhaven.
Finding accommodation in Rotterdam can be a challenge. For this reason, Codarts University of the Arts has partnered with HousingAnywhere.com to make sure you can book your room with priority and in complete safety. Only if you successfully find a room, a small booking fee will be charged. You can also use HousingAnywhere to offer your room to an incoming student during your time abroad. In this way, you avoid paying double rent and can move back into your place upon your return. Signing up with this link, you will receive priority access to all rooms available.
Keep in mind: The housing market in Rotterdam is very seasonal. So if you don’t find a room listed right away check back regularly.
Do you need more information or have a specific question? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be treated with priority!
As stated, Codarts is very limited in arranging housing for students. Next to that, Rotterdam is a popular student city and rent prices are high. However, we try to help our students wherever we can. We have found a reliable partner in Room-for-Rent.nl. This platform offers good and affordable flatshare apartments near Codarts-locations.
Thanks to this cooperation we can offer our 1st year and exchange students a modest number of rooms in fully furnished flatshare apartments. Please note that this is only for the first year at Codarts. After this we expect you to be able to find alternative housing yourself, and make room for new incoming students. You can sign up for these rooms here.
Upon enquiry, state clearly you are a Codarts student. Extra help and time will be offered to you in selecting your housing.
Unfortunately, we are unable offering housing to all of our 1st year students. Those unable to make use of offered accommodation will have to look for alternative housing themselves. We have listed valuable tips on this site to give you more information about other housing options in Rotterdam.
There are many websites offering and promising you their best services. Please be aware of the fact that not all agents or landlords can be trusted. Scams and illegal housing are part of reality. If you have any doubt or questions about the contract, your rights as a tenant or the rules and regulations you can contact the Housing Hotline for advice or contact the Codarts student counselor. Please read the contract tips about what to look for in a contract before signing.
Housing is not cheap! The rents vary between € 350,- and € 750,- and additional costs are not always included! Read more about additional costs in the document additional costs.
Depending on your financial situation, you might qualify for housing / rent benefit. This is a subsidy provided by the government to residents on a low income with high rental costs. More information can be found on the website of the Dutch government and tax authorities.
To live in certain neighborhoods in Rotterdam you need a housing permit (HVV). This means that as a tenant you need permission to make use of a rental house.
It concerns the following neighborhoods: Carnisse, Hillesluis, Oud Charlois, Bloemhof, Tarwewijk and the following streets in Delfshaven: Grote Visserijstraat, Mathenesserdijk, Mathenesserweg, Schiedamseweg, Willem Buytewechstraat, Vierambachtstraat, ‘s-Gravendijkwal, 1e Middellandstraat, 2e Middellandstraat and Middellandplein. More information about this can be found on the website of the gemeente Rotterdam. Are you renting a house for which you will need a housing permit? Please make sure to contact the international office before the beginning of the school year. They can help you with this.