You want to enjoy your student life in Enschede to the max? Then you should live in a student residence! The number of people living in these residences varies and so does their background. One thing is certain, it is always cosy. Most students cook and go clubbing together. Parties are organised on a regular basis. There are student associations who own their own houses, but you can also find a room at Roomspot.
Living on the campus in Enschede
At the only university campus in The Netherlands there are plenty of rented rooms for students. You will find everything you need on the campus grounds: the supermarket, the gym, a physiotherapist, a GP, a dentist, a hairdresser, a bookshop and plenty of team sports activities. There is also the Vrijthof Cultuurcentrum (=cultural centre) where you can do a course or go to a show and where events are being coordinated. You don’t necessarily have to study at the University of Twente if you want to live on the campus.
In order to rent a room on the campus, you have to be registered at De Veste. Registration is free and you can look for a room as soon as you’re registered. An advantage of De Veste is that they do not work with a waiting list. You can react as soon as you find a room that meets your needs.
The Student Union also helps students find a room, on campus as well as in the city.
Living in the centre of Enschede
If you want to live near the train station, the shops, bars and restaurants, then try to find a room in the city centre. You can register at SJHT (Stichting Jongeren Huisvesting Twente). You can also look for a room yourself by using for example www.kamernet.nl or Pararius. If you are a member or want to become a member of a student association, the association can also help you find a room.
Depending on your choice, you might be invited to ‘apply’. This means that you will be invited with some other (future) students to come and have a look at the room and meet the other residents. The current residents then decide who they want as their new roommate. You might be rejected once or twice, but never give up. Just be yourself and you will soon find the ideal room with ideal roommates. It’s also in your own interest that you get along with the residents of the house.
A good way to find a room in a student residence in the city centre is to join a Kamerzoekdag (=Room Search Day). You can sign in at Student Union. During a Room Search Day they will show you several student residences where rooms are available or will be available soon. You get to see how students live and what every day student life looks like. They always end the Room Search Day with a big party.