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Most frequently asked questions first year students

ROOM (housing seekers)

 

Where can I respond to accommodation opportunities?

Your search for a room at Idealis in Wageningen or Ede starts at ROOM.nl. There you must register and respond to room advertisements that interest you. All offers shown have been filtered based on your registration details.

What are the registration costs for Room.nl?

The registration cost is a single payment of € 35.

What is the average waiting time?

Your date of registration determines your waiting time. We strive for every new student, who is starting their studies in September, to have found accommodation by May 1st of their first academic year.

How does Room.nl work?

You can respond to a maximum of 5 room advertisements at a time. The ranking order is determined by the date of registration. The longer you’ve been registered at ROOM.nl, the higher your ranking. You can only receive an offer for 1 room at any given time. If you notice that your position in the ranking for a room is low, then withdraw your response to the advert and try responding to a new advertisement instead.

When can I register at ROOM.nl?

It is possible to register an account at ROOM from the age of sixteen onwards. This isn’t a completely redundant luxury, considering that the search for a room can be very difficult.

When can I start responding to room advertisements?

You may respond to room advertisements 4 months prior to the start of your studies.

Is my date of registration reset when I accept a room offer?

No, you will retain your original date of registration which is valid for up to 8 years.

If I refuse a room offer, will I stay fully registered?

Yes, you will stay registered. However, your account will be blocked for 5 days if you choose to refuse a room offer after having accepted it.

Is there any arrangement for receiving priority?

Yes, it is possible to receive priority that is dependent upon distance, as well as priority that is given for medical and psychological reasons. You may receive a priority status if you are a first-year student who is starting their studies in August/September and are living more than 130 kilometres away – as the crow flies – from your academic institution.

Can I still move to new accommodations after settling in?

Yes, that is possible. With your ROOM.nl account you can continue responding to other room advertisements even after having moved in to an Idealis room. Keep in mind that the minimum rental period is 1 month and that your notice of contract termination must be handed in at least 1 month in advance. It is therefore possible to have some overlap in the renting periods.

What will happen to my registration time after moving to a new room?

If you move to a new student accommodation then you will still retain your original date of registration so long as you do not delete your ROOM.nl account. You will thus not have to completely start over.

How does “hospiteren” work?

If a room becomes available in a student house then the tenants will usually organise a “hospiteeravond” (viewing evening). The tenants will invite a few people over for an informal gathering. Usually you get to see the house and have to answer a few questions. These “hospiteer” rooms will not be advertised on ROOM.nl. The tenants themselves will be advertising the available rooms, either on platforms such as Facebook or by word of mouth. You will still have to have an account at ROOM to formally receive the room offer and start the online registration process.

How to arrange subtenancy?

Subletting/subrenting is permitted. A room may be sublet for a maximum of 6 months per academic year. Subtenancy is something you arrange with the main tenant of the room. You can do this by filling out the subtenancy form online and handing it in.

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When does my rental lease go into effect?

Within the advertisement on ROOM.nl you will find the starting date of contract. You will be able to find this back at any time throughout your online process. After digitally signing your contract, your starting date of contract will be noted on your rental agreement as well. It is from that day forward that you may pick up the keys to your room.

How long can I continue to stay at Idealis?

Essentially, you are allowed to continue to rent the room until you are finished with your studies. Once finished, you have a maximum of 1 years’ time to search for new accommodation outside of Idealis. Note: If your rental agreement has a termination date then you may not continue renting your room past this date.

What should I do if something in my room is broken?

You can hand in an online request for repair. You do this via your My Idealis account.

Can I receive rent subsidy?

The advertisement for a room will note if the room is eligible for rent subsidy. But this is also dependent on a few conditions such as the cost of rent, your income, live-in family and possibly other financial assets. For a complete list of determinants, go to the website toeslagen.nl.

Is it possible to terminate my contract (prematurely)?

Yes, that is possible. You are always allowed to terminate your rental agreement, even before the final termination date in your contract and before the end of your studies.

What is the notice of termination?

You have a notice of termination of at least 1 month. Your last day of rent may not fall on a day of the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) or on a national holiday.

What if I decide to quit my studies or take a short break from them?

In that case you will enter the “outflow” phase. This means that after your studies you have a maximum of 1 year to find new accommodation for yourself outside of Idealis. If you can prove that you will resume your studies within this 1 year period then you may also resume your existing rental agreement and continue living with us.

 

 

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