The Private Market
You will find a wide range of rooms and apartments owned by private individuals and organizations. RUAS doesn't mediate with these providers. The information provided here is intended to help you in your own research. Please be vigilant of fraudulent activities, such as landlords who ask you to wire money to a "Money Transfer Agent" (e.g. Western Union or GWK), while searching on the private market. Money should always be transferred to a Dutch bank account. And if possible, never pay money without first viewing the room. If you're looking from abroad, always check the address on google maps, to ensure it is an actual residential address.
Prices start at about € 300 for rooms and can go up to € 1.500 for apartments. The cost of gas and electricity are not always included in the rent. Landlords usually charge a deposit.
Location and Quality of rooms
Rooms and apartments offered on the private market are located all over Rotterdam so it may be useful to have a look at the Living in Rotterdam page at rotterdamuas.com to find out a bit more about the different parts of Rotterdam. Do not forget to keep in mind the distance from school and the city. Since it may be impossible to see the room or apartment before coming to the Netherlands, it is important to do your homework and try and judge the quality of a room and the authenticity of an offer as best as possible with the information at hand. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) has no dealings with privately offered accommodation and therefore cannot help you should you run into any difficulties.
Your landlord should provide you with a contract. However, some do not in order to avoid paying rental taxes. If you do not have a contract it is not possible to register at the municipality. According to Dutch law, persons living in the Netherlands longer than 4 months are obligated to register at the municipality. You should therefore insist on getting a contract.
It is always important that, before signing your contract, you find out the terms and conditions of terminating your contract. It is possible that if you do not give sufficient notice to terminate your contract, your landlord may refuse to return your deposit or charge you extra fees for early termination.