Finding your new home
Finding a good, affordable room is a challenge in the Netherlands, and also in Zwolle. So make sure you start looking as soon as possible, we reccommend from April onwards if you want to have a room in September. Windesheim does not have on-campus housing, but we do cooperate with national housing agency Stichting Studentenhuisvesting (SSH)(opens in new tab). Exchange students are offered a room, but there are also a number of rooms available for bachelor's students. If you are an exchange student, please click on below option 'I'm an exchange student' for the steps!
Good to know: in the Netherlands, students usually live in student houses across the city. You may have to share the shower, toilet, kitchen and living room with other students. Pets are usually not allowed.
Take a closer look at your accommodation options in Zwolle.
I'm an exchange student
SSH offers furnished student rooms to exchange students in Zwolle. Our International Office will send you a registration link by mid-November (if you join us in February) or mid-June (if you join us in September).
Once you have been officially accepted to an exchange programme, your housing registration will be approved. This enables you to actually book a room. The exact step-by-step plan is described on SSH's site(opens in new tab).
Please note: registering for a room does not automatically guarantee accommodation. There is a fixed number of rooms available.
Finding your own room
Cannot find a room through SSH or do you want to find your own private accommodation? Windesheim advises you to check the websites listed below. Remember, finding a room can be hard if you start too late!
If you have questions, you can contact our International Office.
I'm going to study International Business
If you are going to study International Business, you will need to find your own accommodation. SSH(opens in new tab) can help you find a (furnished) room, but they only have a limited number of rooms available. There is a long waiting list, so we advise you to apply as soon as you know that you want to study in Zwolle.
Most of the time SSH runs out of rooms, so please also check the other private market options listed below. We reccommend to start searching for a room from April onwards if you want to start your study in September. Are you really unable to find a room? Then sometimes you can stay with one of the families in our network. They are happy to accommodate international students for a few weeks or months. You can contact us via email(opens in new tab) if you need any help. Another option is to start at a B&B and from there, while you are already in Zwolle, start searching for something else.
I'm going to study Global Project and Change Management
Are you going to study Global Project and Change Management? Then a shared room is guaranteed in your first year. Because GPCM is a small-scale, community-based programme, you are required to live at Talentenplein, the Windesheim Honours College (WHC) residence in the centre of Zwolle.
Talentenplein consists of studios that accommodate two students. This way you will get to meet new friends instantly! As you are all from other countries, you will have a great time figuring out and discovering Zwolle together. And with a study load of forty hours a week, living together makes it easier to link up for group work or to ask flatmates questions about homework! Housing agency SSH(opens in new tab) will help you find a studio at Talentenplein. Once you have completed your application for Global Project and Change Management, we will let you know what you need to do in order to arrange your accommodation. Please note that pets are not allowed.
Finding your own room in year two
After the first year you have to move out, because the new first year students will take over the reserved rooms. Finding a room is not always easy in Zwolle, so we advise you to register at SSH as soon as you have started your first year. If SSH has no accommodation available, please check the websites we have listed below.
For questions you can contact Windesheim Honours College.
- I'm an exchange student
Finding your own room
Go to the website of Study in NL(opens in new tab) for information on what to expect when it comes to student housing, rent and contracts. See also on Facebook Study in NL(opens in new tab).
For those who are looking for private housing (like first year students International Business, and Second year students Global Project and Change Management who have to find their own housing, or exchange students looking for private housing) the following websites of public and private housing providers might be useful: Kamernet(opens in new tab), Funda(opens in new tab), KamersZwolle(opens in new tab), KamerZwolle(opens in new tab), Domica(opens in new tab), HousingAnywhere(opens in new tab), Maxx(opens in new tab), Rentsy(opens in new tab), Rentslam(opens in new tab), Kamer.nl(opens in new tab), Huurwoningen.nl(opens in new tab), Huurzone(opens in new tab), Huurstunt(opens in new tab), Sons Real Estate(opens in new tab) andStudent Furniture(opens in new tab).
Or search 'kamer Zwolle' on Facebook for groups like Kamers gezocht/aangeboden Zwolle.(opens in new tab) Need a temporary place to stay while looking for a room? Take a look at Airbnb(opens in new tab) or Bed and Breakfast. (opens in new tab)
Please note: We do not check the reliability and quality of all of these providers. Stay critical, as this is your own risk and responsibility. Beware of swindlers who advertise rooms for international students. Check this Study in Holland video(opens in new tab) for more tips.
For those who are looking for private short stay housing:
- Van den Brink Onroerend Goed(opens in new tab) offers modern furnished single and shared double rooms in Zwolle for one up to six months.
- Hostel De Basis(opens in new tab) offers rooms for students who are planning to stay only for a short period of stay (for one or two weeks) or in need for an affordable room for a short period before or after a semester with us.