It is known that finding accommodation in Maastricht is complicated, especially if you want it to include your preferred characteristics and have an affordable price. The price of rent is usually quite high in this city in the Netherlands. We suggest you start your search well in advance and you can do it on Erasmus Play, where you can compare spare rooms and apartments in convenient neighbourhoods to live in as a student, such as Sint Pieter, Bassin, Jekerkwartir or downtown.
Try to get your roommates to be of different nationalities than yours! This way you can take the opportunity to improve your English and to learn from other cultures, as Maastricht is chosen by many international students to live.
We tell you what are some of the pros and cons of living in shared flats:
By saving on the cost of rent you will have more money for trips, so you will be able to take advantage of the proximity of Maastricht to Germany and Belgium.
You can choose from shared flats in convenient locations for you. For example, if you want to live in the most lively areas you can consider the centre, Bassin or Jekerkwartir. If you prefer a quieter neighbourhood, Sint Pieter would be an area to consider.
Shared apartments in Maastricht that have good characteristics tend to be booked quickly, so not only do you have to search well in advance, but also book as soon as possible when you find the ideal one for you.
Waiting lists for spare rooms in shared flats that are part of residence halls are often very long.
If you want the process of your mobility to be simpler, we recommend that you download some of the Apps for Erasmus+ that you have at your disposal. In them, you will not only view instructions for paperwork, your Learning Agreement and the validation of subjects but also information about life in the city and some tips from other young people. Previous students of this city share that the level of demand at the university is high, so you will have to pay close attention to your studies.
In addition to befriending your flatmates, consider the following alternatives to meet people in this city:
Maastricht University has a wide variety of associations created by students, of various themes. There are some divided according to race, religion, sports, and even sustainability. There are also several aimed at international students, such as the ESN Maastricht, the UNSA of the United Nations or AEGEE Maastricht. With these associations, you will be able to join different events and activities that take place every week.
You will find several groups in this social network that you will be able to join as an Erasmus student, such as those of the University of Maastricht divided by academic year. The associations also usually have Facebook groups where they publish the calendars of the activities they plan to carry out. Two of these are ESN Maastricht and AEGEE Maastricht.
Many of the associations create WhatsApp groups so that students get to know each other before they can carry out an activity together. In these groups, you will also be able to organize plans directly with other students who are in Maastricht and who have similar interests to yours.
Keep in mind these tips for living in a shared flat in a city in the Netherlands:
Don't worry about the language, as most of the locals also speak English. However, living in Maastricht and sharing a Dutch roommate will allow you to learn more of the language, getting deeper into its culture.
The public transport system in the city is very good, but we recommend that you look for accommodation with good communication by bicycle with your university and the busiest leisure areas.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Maastricht?|
|Generally, the cost of spare rooms in shared flats in Maastricht is between a range of 350-900€ per month. An apartment usually costs €3,000 with a capacity of four people.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Maastricht?|
|If you want the search to be simple and fast, do it on Erasmus Play! There you will see all the verified rooms and apartments, being able to compare their characteristics, images, locations and prices.|
|How do I meet people in Maastricht?|
|The best thing to do is to join one of the student associations, which can be ESN Maastricht, AEGEE, or others depending on your interests, religion and career. You will also be able to join Facebook and WhatsApp groups to make friends, as well as befriend your roommates.|
|Why share a student flat in Maastricht?|
|Because you will be able to save on rent, choose a convenient area to live in (either downtown or a further neighbourhood, such as Sint Pieter) and fund trips and excursions to nearby cities and places with the extra money in your budget.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Maastricht?|
|The ideal would be that all the roommates have similar lifestyles to share experiences, or are at least compatible so that coexistence problems do not arise regularly.|