Last month I moved into my little room in Amsterdam. But finding a room in Amsterdam is like trying to find a needle in a haystack… almost impossible. Rooming in Amsterdam can be extremely expensive as well. The real ‘Amsterdammers’ are leaving their town to sublet their properties on Airbnb instead of subletting it to a normal person. This makes it extremely hard for us foreigners to find a room. After 4 months of searching, I finally found one and I will give you some tips to help you find yours!
Post on as many social media accounts as you can. Share that you are looking for a room and ask your friends/followers to share it on their feed. Because sharing is caring 😉 When people know you are looking for a room, they will tag you in rooms when they see them passing by on their feed. This gives you a broader reach.
Join Facebook Groups
There are hundreds of Facebook groups about rooming in Amsterdam. People post their rooms in there and are looking for new roomies or people post rooms from people they are in contact with. Like Citylife Amsterdam they offer a room search group and try to help you find a room. Besides the room, they also help you integrate in the foreign community by organizing pub crawls and meet-ups. So note that, it may come in handy when you are feeling lonely. Try to post a lot of messages in the groups and try to make yourself as appealing and fun as possible. Because Dutch people can be picky 😉 They organize a ‘hospiteeravond’ where they invite you to their house (with maybe 20 other candidates) and that’s when they kind of judge you and select the person that is the best fit for the house. So prepare yourself. Another Facebook group to join is Uilenstede. This is where I am living. I posted a lot of messages about needing a room for my internship and luckily one girl messaged me after and now I am renting her room. Uilenstede is a student campus in the south of Amsterdam, it is actually in Amstelveen, but you can easily reach Amsterdam by tram, bus or metro. It is also very close to the VU (Vrije Universiteit).
If you are doing an internship, ask the previous interns where they stayed or if they happen to know someone who is subletting their room. They might be a big help for you. If you are an exchange student, ask around with other exchange students and they might have some friends that are looking for a roomie.
Sometimes coming to Amsterdam from Rotterdam or The Hague can take as long as going from one side of Amsterdam to the other. So if you want to save up and have a bigger room for a smaller price. Look for the cities as The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht or Leiden. But keep in mind that you will have to pay public transport, which can be expensive as well.
I hope this will help you find the room you need! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
If you have more tips to find a room, leave a comment below and help other foreigners 😉