Accommodation for international students
It is not always easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys) offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for the first period of their studies at Fontys.
Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperations with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords (further on this website referred to as housing agency). Through such cooperations, Fontys can provide students with guidance in finding accommodation for a semester or academic year at Fontys. The range of available accommodation is extremely varied, but all satisfy specific standards and are located within a short distance from the different Fontys campuses.
Fontys University of Applied Sciences is a partner of HousingAnywhere.com, the international student-to-student housing platform. Students who are coming from abroad can find & book a student room on www.HousingAnywhere.com. The rooms on this platform are offered by our students that go abroad for a study abroad semester, exchange, Erasmus or internship. Using the platform itself is completely free for you as a student; when you make a concrete booking an administrative fee will be charged as a part of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.
Please note: if you filled in a Fontys accomodation form you are obliged to accept the room offered by Fontys.
How to apply for housing through Fontys
Locations Eindhoven and Tilburg
To apply for accommodation assistance at Fontys for locations Eindhoven and Tilburg, you will need to complete and sign an accommodation form, scan the form and submit it to Fontys, via the e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to read the Terms & Conditions detailed in the accommodation form (exchange students and free movers need to fill in the accommodation form through Mobility Online). Please also read all information shown on this website, as well as the General information on accommodation. By signing the Accommodation Form, you will confirm and declare that you have read and accepted the information shown on this website.
Please note that it is not always possible to view your future accommodation before signing your rental agreement. Some housing agencies do offer this facility, but in general, you will be expected to sign the rental agreement without having viewed the accommodation. However, Fontys guarantees minimum quality standards for all accommodation.
In short, the application procedure for a housing request through Fontys
- Student fills in and sends accommodation form to email@example.com before the deadline: Fall semester 15 June 2017 Spring semester 8 December 2017
- The accommodation officer sends detailed information to the student about housing agency 3 weeks before start of study at the latest.
- Housing agency contacts student
- Student transfers two months of rent + deposit before arrival to housing agency (no payment = no entrance accommodation, but still the obligation to close rental contract)
- Accommodation is available on the agreed date.
For information on location Venlo, please check location Venlo.
The average fee to rent a student room is between EUR 350 and EUR 450 per month. As Fontys cooperates with a number of different housing agencies and as each party has different standards, the student rooms available vary widely in terms of appearance, size and rental fees. Although it is not possible for students to select the rooms and/or rental fees of their preference, all accommodation arranged by Fontys satisfies the minimum Quality standards of the accommodation.. However, stay on the safe side and count on a rental fee of € 450 per month!
Please take into account that – in relation to guarantees – your housing agency will normally request an advance payment of the following items:
• Two month terms of rental fees
• A refundable deposit, usually amounting to one month of rental fees, as a security bond in relation to any possible damage to the accommodation
For example, if a student were offered accommodation at the rate of EUR 450 per month, this would imply that the amount of at least EUR 1,350 should be transferred in advance to the housing agency. In some cases, cleaning costs are charged separately (max. EUR150).
If students from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan want Fontys to arrange accommodation, the rent (6 months + deposit) will be withheld from the living expenses and directly transferred to the landlord. In this case no other housing payments have to be made before the start of your study.
What are the accommodations like
Currently, it is not possible for students to select their accommodation on the basis of photographs displayed via the Fontys website or the website of the housing agency. However, a general impression of the buildings and rooms available has been included here. The rooms may look quite bare, but this means that you will be able to personalise your own private space. Fontys will decide to which housing agency you will be assigned. Some housing agencies provide an online system via which students will be able to search for and reserve their own rooms, based on rental fees, photographs, floor plans and locations.
Quality standards of the accommodation
Are all of the available accommodations identical?
No, as Fontys cooperates with a number of different housing agencies, the available rooms can differ quite substantially. The rental fees range from EUR 350 to EUR 450 per month and it is not possible to select a particular room and/or preferred rental fee.
All accommodation made available to students via Fontys must satisfy the following minimum quality standards:
- The room must measure at least 10 – 12 square metres. If a room is smaller than this, a shared living room is usually available or a lower rental fee will apply.
- The room must be furnished and contains at least one bed (including a duvet and a pillow), a cupboard, a desk, a chair and curtains. Bed linen must be included, it may be necessary to pay a separate fee to the housing agency for this facility.
- Shared facilities must include at least a kitchen, a shower/bathroom, a toilet and a washing machine. In some cases, an additional fee is charged fot use of the washing machine.
- Access to the Internet must be available (not necessarily wireless).
- The distance from the accommodation to the Fontys campus must be no further than a 30-minute bicycle ride.
- The rental fee must include access to the Internet and average usage of energy and water.
Frequently asked questions
I submitted an Accommodation Form to Fontys, but then I found my own accommodation. Can I cancel my application for accommodation assistance with Fontys?
In general, the answer to this question is no, you cannot cancel your application. If you cancel the accommodation, the accommodation will stay empty and you would still have to pay for rent.
When will I be informed about the details of my accommodation?
That will depend upon the time at which Fontys receives your application for accommodation assistance. No later than three weeks prior to your commencement of studies at Fontys, a Fontys Accommodation Officer will inform you of the housing agency to which you have been assigned. He/she will also inform you about the procedure to secure a student room applied by this accommodation agency, when/how to arrange your advance payment of three month’s rent (i.e. first month, last month and deposit) and what you must do upon your arrival.
In some cases, an accommodation agency will issue a student with a login account, via which it will be possible for the student to select from the range of accommodation available via the agency’s website. In other cases, an accommodation agency will contact the student to inform him/her of the specific accommodation available.
In August the accommodation will be available as from 1-2 weeks prior to your commencement of studies at Fontys. In January/February the accommodation will be available a few days before the start of your studies.
Will I be able to share accommodation with a friend?
At the bottom of the accommodation form, you may submit your ‘preferences’. We cannot guarantee that your preferences will be met, but we will certainly try to meet your request. With regard to the range of accommodation that we have available, please note that all accommodation is offered on a ‘first in, first served’ basis.
After I have been assigned to an accommodation agency, can I switch to another accommodation agency?
Unfortunately, no, you cannot switch to another accommodation agency. When we have assigned all students to their accommodation agencies, all available rooms will be allocated to those students. Therefore, switching to another accommodation agency is not possible.
As I will be arriving a few weeks after the commencement date of my rental contract, will I have to pay for the days during which I have not yet occupied my room?
Yes, you will have to pay for all days as from the commencement of your rental contract, which has a fixed commencement date. By signing the Accommodation Form, you declare that you will accept and pay for a room as from a specified date. If you decide to arrive at a later date, you will still be obliged to pay the rental fee as from the commencement date of the rental contract.
I will arrive a few days before my rental contract commences. Will I be able to occupy my accommodation earlier than scheduled?
No, your accommodation will not available prior to the agreed commencement date of your rental contract. If you need a place to stay until that date, you will need to book a room at a hotel, or a B&B (Bed & Breakfast). For further information, please refer to the section, Commercial housing agencies and other parties.
When I have arrived, if I discover that I do not like my room, will I be able to switch to another room?
No, unless your room does not meet the requirements.
If I have a problem with my accommodation agency/landlord, will Fontys solve this for me?
Legally, Fontys will not be one of the parties to the rental contract, which will be between you and the accommodation agency. Therefore, any complaints and problems concerning your accommodation should be reported to your accommodation agency/landlord. However, if your problem is not resolved, or if you need a helping hand, you may contact a Fontys Accommodation Officer and he/she will try to provide you with appropriate advice/assistance.
May I leave my accommodation prior to the termination date of my rental contract?
No, you may not vacate your accommodation prior to the agreed termination date of your rental contract. As you have signed a rental contract, you will be responsible for the payment of the rental fee associated with your accommodation. However, if you pay the rental fees in full up to and including the agreed termination date, of course, you will be able to vacate your accommodation.
What will happen if I am unable to pay my rent?
When you apply for accommodation assistance via Fontys, you are required to sign in agreement to a maximum monthly rental. As such, we will assume that you are fully aware, in advance, of the expenses associated with renting accommodation. Therefore, you will remain responsible for the monthly payment of your rental fees.
Can I select my preferred accommodation?
In general, it is not possible to select the specific accommodation of your choice. Fontys will decide which student will be assigned to which accommodation agency.
However, some accommodation agencies have software available that will allow a student to ‘view’ a student room before accepting it.
What will be in my room and what should I bring?
Your room will have certain characteristics, which have been listed under the section, quality standards of the accommodation. Items that you may wish to bring with you, or purchase locally, would include your personal belongings, towels, soap and detergent, food, toilet paper, et cetera.
My question is not listed here. Whom can I contact for further assistance?
If the answer to your question is not included here, please do not hesitate to contact Team International Students by e-mail, via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone, via +31 (0)8850 74033.
Commercial housing agencies
Once you have applied to Fontys for accommodation assistance, you will be obliged to accept and pay for the accommodation offered. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you do not then try to find a room yourself. However, if you decide to firstly look for your own accommodation, you should take into account that after the deadline (as stipulated in the Accommodation Form), you will no longer be eligible to apply for accommodation assistance via Fontys!
If you wish to arrange your own accommodation, without assistance from Fontys, you will be responsible for paying potential additional costs that may be charged by commercial accommodation agencies. A listing of commercial accommodation agencies is included below.
• Friendly Housing Commercial accommodation agency
• The Studenthotel Student hotel in Eindhoven.
• Goeth Vastgoedbeheer Commercial accommodation agency
• Pararius Online search engine, also for apartments
• 3BE Inexpensive B&B accommodation
• Woonhotel Eindhoven Inexpensive Hotel accommodation
• Budgethotel Inexpensive Hotel accommodation
• Camelot Europe Commercial accommodation agency
• Pararius Online search engine, also for apartments
• Booking.com Hotel information
• Region Apartments Online search engine, for apartments and (furnished) rooms
• Housing Anywhere Housing platform for exchange and internship students
• Smart City Lofts Book your loft now!