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Finding long-term/permanent housing in Nijmegen can be extremely difficult and we recommend you start looking at the earliest opportunity.

It is best to first inform Odilia Kunne about your housing search and preferences. She often receives offers for houses/apartments/rooms offered by private owners and she also might know of MPI employees who want to rent out their place.

If you are a PhD-student, you can register with the SSHN (Students’ Housing Foundation), which has apartments for students. However, you may have to wait several months to get one.

As a PhD-student, you can also register with the International Office of the Radboud University. Please send an e-mail to the housing department (housing@io.ru.nl).

Useful websites for finding accommodation are Huurwoningen, KamersPararius, Woningtarget, FundaRegionapartments, Kamernet. Please note that for some of those websites you have to pay a registration fee to get access to their database.

Please also check the advertisements on notice-boards in the university, libraries, and supermarkets.

Rental agencies Flore Vastgoed and Expatdesk Nijmegen offer furnished apartments for temporary rent, especially for new expats just arriving in Nijmegen. Please contact Angela Heuts for more information.

You can also contact other rental agencies like BP HomeleasingVrijbeheer, 24Homerentals, Dolfijn Wonen, Direct Wonen, Dito Vastgoed, Executive Home Rentals, Kamer Beheer Service or Rotsvast.
Intermediaries like those provide a rapid, but quite expensive way of finding housing. First you have to pay a registration fee to get access to their database (in which address information has been masked to prevent you from contacting landlords directly). Then, if they succeed in securing a deal for you, they demand at least one months' worth of rent. Apartments offered by intermediaries like these are typically quite pricey. Due to liberalisation of the market, intermediaries are not bound by the house valuation system (outlined below) which effectively means that, contrary to student accommodation or private rooms, there is no upper limit to the amount that they may demand as rent.

Make sure you are clear with your landlord or rental agency about what the conditions are for the return of your deposit. In general, Dutch rental properties are expected to be returned in exactly the same condition as when first rented out. This may mean removing any improvements or additions to the property you have made, but be sure to consult with your landlord.

A part of the rental contract are the Algemene Bepalingen huurovereenkomst woonruimte. If you would like to receive the english version of this please contact Angela Heuts.

The Dutch government has strict legislation surrounding the legal rights and obligations of tenants and landlords. More information about these is available on the website of the Rijksoverheid.

If you have a complaint about the rent level, maintenance or safety of your accommodation that your landlord hasn't resolved, you may be able to get free legal advice on a range of subjects from the Juridisch Loket.

Many private apartments qualify for a rent-subsidy (Huurtoeslag) from the Dutch government that could significantly lower your monthly rent. To qualify you need to be registered with the municipality and you need to be in possession of a valid residence permit for the Netherlands. Please check the website of the Belastingdienst/Huurtoeslag for more information and conditions.

Home contents insurance (Inboedelverzekering) is generally inexpensive and covers everything you put in your house against theft and fire damage. For information and advice see Inboedelverzekering. Insurance companies will often offer discounted contents insurance if you also purchase other types of insurance from them as well.

If you need to find an energy supplier you can check the onlineenergievergelijker. This site helps you compare and switch to a supplier and has the option for consumers to read the policy and contracts before choosing.

Last checked 2018-06-27 by Odilia Kunne
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The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.

 

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