Are you looking for a single room, a studio, an apartment, a terraced house or a (semi-) detached house? Do you want it to be furnished or unfurnished, with or without curtains and carpets? The location matters too, of course: where you live will have a significant influence on how much bang you are getting for your buck. A spacious, well-maintained house is much more affordable if it is situated somewhat remotely.

Expats

If your company has asked you to relocate to the region, it might be able to help you find a home. Radboud University Nijmegen and Wageningen University and Research, for example, have built on-campus guesthouses for their foreign employees (researchers, professors and others) with apartments that are suitable for one or more persons.

Renting

If you are staying in the region only temporarily, renting a place is the most obvious way to go. Rooms, studios, apartments and houses can be rented furnished or semi-furnished from private landlords, agencies, certain estate agents and social housing associations.

It is difficult to provide a general figure with regards to how much accommodation will cost; the rental prices can vary considerably, depending on what you are looking for. It might cost you anything from a few hundred euros to over a thousand euros a month.

Social housing accommodations are often the cheapest, but the waiting lists are long, and you need to earn less than € 36,798- per annum. The website of the social housing association of Nijmegen, entree.nu, is mostly available in Dutch.

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Purchasing

If you decide to buy a place of your own, be aware that purchasing property costs about eight percent of the purchase price. In general, buying a house is only cost-efficient if you are planning to stay at least three years.

Most residential properties sold in the Netherlands are sold by estate agents who are members of trade association NVM. The properties they currently have for sale are available on the website Funda.nl (only available in Dutch). There is another smaller estate agents' organisation called VBO (which also only has a Dutch website).

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