Finding a place to call home

Looking for an outdoor lifestyle, a smart place in the heart of a historic city or a family home with room for the kids to run around? You will find it here. Your options include efficient flats, spacious townhouses, suburban homes, rural living, apartments and more. When searching for accommodations, there are three possibilities: social housing, private rentals and buying a property. 

If you are expecting to stay less than five years in the Utrecht Region, renting may be your best choice. This gives you greater flexibility in terms of contracts and you are spared the effort of making major repairs or ongoing maintenance. Essentially, there are two rental markets in the Utrecht Region: social housing and the private rental. 

Social housing - 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 are not uncommon, particularly in major cities.

Private rental - 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.

Alternatively, if you are planning on staying in the Utrecht Region for five years or more, you may want to consider buying a property. There are many ways to find a suiting property, for example through estate agents (for a fee), adverts, online property search websites ( and new building developments.

The housing market in the Netherlands has been constantly changing. It went from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market and back to a seller’s market within a period of only 25 years. Buying a property is an expensive investment and it is advisable that you hire professionals (e.g. mortgage advisors) to help you with the process of buying a property in the Netherlands.

A very common mistake is that internationals will start looking for a property first before investigating the options to finance it. It is strongly advised to turn this around, get your figures straight and determine your budget before you start looking for a property. In the services map below you will find reliable partners that can help you with this. 

Let our partners help you

Finding a place to live in the Utrecht Region can be a challenge. However, with proper research and the right advice, you can find your perfect home in this increasingly popular market. The Partnership Programme aims to connect internationals in the Utrecht Region with the right service providers to help find suitable accommodation. In the housing sector, we have several reliable partners who can assist you, including rental agencies, corporate and private owners of rental accommodations and real estate agents.

Take a look at our Services Map below to find service providers who can help you get settled in the Utrecht Region.