Finding a place to call home

looking for an outdoor lifestyle, a place in the heart of a historic city or a family home with room for the kids to run around, you’ll find it here. Your options include suburban homes, rural living, apartments, flats and townhouses. When searching for accommodation, there are three possibilities: social housing, private rentals and buying a property. 

If you’re planning a short-term stay in the Utrecht Region (less than five years), renting may be your best bet. After all, contracts can easily be changed and you’re spared the effort of making major repairs or ongoing maintenance. Essentially, there are two rental markets in the Utrecht Region: social housing (sociale huurwoningen) and the private sector. 

Around 75% of Dutch rental properties belong to housing associations which provide social housing. This can be significantly cheaper than renting on the private market, but is also rigorously controlled, allocated based on need and annual income. There are also typically long waiting periods – waits of three to seven years aren't uncommon, particularly in major cities.

In the private rental sector, you will not encounter waiting times or maximum income thresholds, but with the market driven by demand, the rental prices are likely to be higher. However, tenants and landlords are still subject to statutory housing rights. It is always good to learn more about housing rights and contract details before signing your first rental contract.  

If you are planning on staying in the Utrecht Region for three years or more, then one option may be to buy a property. There are many ways to go about house hunting in the Utrecht Region, for example, estate agents (who charge you an additional fee), adverts, online property search websites and new build developments.