Private rooms and studios
Do you rather like the idea of being able to withdraw to your own private living quarters after a long day of classes? A place with its own bathroom and kitchen? A space for you live by your own standards without distractions from roommates? You are certainly not the only one who enjoys that prospect. That’s why several apartments and studios are available for students.
On this site we will focus on the possibilities on campus. However, there are several organizations and landlords that offer private lodgings all over the city that you could apply for. Signing up for “Stichting Jongeren Huisvesting Twente” (Youth Accommodation Twente Foundation) may help you along also. For this organization’s purpose is to help students and other young people find rooms and apartments in Twente.
Living alone on campus
On campus several studios and private rooms are offered. However, make sure to respond immediately if one becomes available, for there aren’t many. The private living quarters on campus vary by prize and size. A few years ago two new residential buildings were constructed that offer private studios only. These rooms range between 30 to 60 m2 . However, due to their size and more recent construction, they are more expensive than other options on campus. Cheaper alternatives are also available, but in those instances the living spaces will also be smaller. This means a total size of about 15 m2. If you are interested in private living quarters on campus, you should sign up for “Woningstichting de Veste” (Housing cooperation de Veste).
Good to know
If you like having your own space, a private room is the way to go! However, being well-prepared is a must. We don’t want you to run into problems you had not initially anticipated. Therefore, we’ve made you a list of tips that can help you along:
- Living alone is almost always more expensive than living together in a student house. It’s not only rent, but also other costs that in a student house can be split. When you live alone, you have to cover all expenses alone. A broken refrigerator of washing machine can have a major financial impact when needing to be replaced with your small student budget. Thus, when living alone, make sure you have some extra money for unexpected costs.
- Found your perfect home in the city with affordable rent? Keep in mind that rent for private rooms often does not include all the costs. There will be monthly (gas, water, electricity, internet) and yearly bills (local taxes). Over a whole year, these costs can add up to two months’ worth of rent.
- On the other hand, don’t be too easily discouraged by “high” rents. In some cases you may be eligible to a housing benefit, which can offer considerable financial support. Read up on the different qualification criteria based on income, type of housing, and your age. Perhaps you can get a housing benefit!
- If you are going to live by yourself, you may find yourself being lonelier than your friends who live in student houses. Think about how you would deal with this. It would be unfortunate if you already bought all your furniture only to find out you don’t like being alone.