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Follow-up housing

Find your first home after living in student housing!

Have you completed your studies and found a job? Then the time has come to move… What are you going to do, buy or rent a house? Finding a home when you’ve just graduated isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve written out 9 useful tips when looking for a new home:

  1. Register with a housing association
    If you want to rent something as a starter, it’s wise to register early with one or more housing associations. The longer you are registered, the sooner it will be your turn. The waiting time in popular cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht can be more than 10 years. In social housing, a maximum rent and rent increase can be applied.
  2. Free sector housing
    Free sector housing consists of rental properties with a rental price from € 763,47 (price-level 2022) per month. It  isn’t possible to get housing benefit for free sector rental homes. You do not need to be registered as a home seeker to get a home in the free sector.
  3. Shared housing
    To keep costs low, you can also choose to live with a friend in a shared apartment.
  4. Hire a real estate agent to find a suitable home (for rent or buying).
    If you’re looking for a home, you can consult the home offers on or contact an NVM estate agent. The NVM estate agent can help you to make the right choice. It is also possible to set out a search inquiry with the estate agent. In that case, indicate clearly what your budget is and what your wishes are. Please note that costs will be charged for this.
  5. Expand your search area to surrounding places
    The rental market is tight and especially in the larger cities it is quite a challenge as a starter to find an affordable home. Therefore, also look at the surrounding regions. An additional advantage of this is that the rental prices are often lower than in the cities.
  6. Use social media for your search
    You can increase the chances of finding a home through your own network. Let your friends and family know that you’re looking for a home on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp etc. and ask people to share it. You may hear that a friend of a friend is looking for a roommate or moving out of a nice apartment.
  7. Alternative living
    More and more starters are turning to alternative forms of housing. Tiny Housing in particular is becoming more and more popular. These are small fully-fledged detached houses that are affordable, compact and durable. YThe costs for a Tiny house are between about € 40,000 and € 60,000. The more luxurious and larger the house, the more expensive. Keep in mind that you often do not have (own) land on which you can place your house.
  8. Starter loan
    The Starter Loan is an additional loan on top of the mortgage for your first home. This loan bridges the difference between the purchase price of the home and the maximum mortgage. Not all municipalities in the Netherlands participate in the start-up loan. For more information, contact a mortgage advisor.
  9. Anti-squatting
    You can also consider an anti-squatting house. Anti-squatting is a form of temporary rental. This type of rental is often used to prevent buildings or homes that have been vacant for a long time from being broken into and occupied by so-called squatters.

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