Finding a place to live in Enschede

Located close to the border of Germany, it is easy to see why Enschede appeals to incoming international students. If you plan to relocate to Enschede, this popularity might mean that you should begin your search for a room or apartment in Enschede as early as possible. Here are a few tips to help with your search.

Looking for a place

When looking for housing in Enschede, there are certain things you should pay attention to:

  • Will the rent be "inclusive" or “exclusive?”

Inclusive rent will include all of the utilities, usually covering water, electricity and gas, and maybe even the internet. If the rent is exclusive, you will need to pay all of your utilities, in addition to the rental price. There may also be additional taxes that you will need to factor into your budget, as well as a security deposit.

  • Will you need to officially register at the municipality ("Gemeente") with your Enschede apartment address?

To receive your BSN social number, you will need to register. A BSN will be required to get a job, a bank account and even for health insurance in the Netherlands.

  • Is the apartment furnished?

If the apartment in Enschede is furnished, that can range anywhere from a small bed and a desk to a fully-equipped area with Wi-Fi. If you decide to go with an unfurnished room, you can easily find inexpensive pieces for your new home on Marktplaats websites.

  • Have you read the entire rental contract? This part is imperative!

You don’t want to find that you lose your security deposit because you hung a few pictures or painted the bathroom. Also be sure to find out about cancellation or extension options.

Room prices

When you’re looking for a space in Enschede, you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s more affordable than the housing options in The Hague or Amsterdam. You can expect prices to run between €300 and €500 for a room, typically with utilities included. You should begin your search as soon as possible because it will be easier to find something that matches your specifications. Be sure to decide if you want your rent to be inclusive, or if you want a furnished room. Additionally, most contracts can be negotiated for six or 12 months, depending on if you are staying for one or two semesters. You will also be required to pay a month’s rent for the deposit, which will be returned at the end of the lease, as long as the property has had no damage.

What can most affect the pricing is the location. Therefore, it is ideal to learn more about the neighborhoods of Enschede before you relocate.

Neighborhoods in Enschede

Enschede has several very diverse neighborhoods — all with their own characteristics and amenities. Most of the neighborhoods in Enschede are easily accessible, as they connect to the main ring road, which was once known as "de Singel." The Ring encircles the city center, including Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the hospital and the main bus and train stations. You can always use this road as a reference point until you begin to get your bearings.


Located to the north of the city center, Roombeek has been newly rebuilt, and it appeals to students with its state-of-the-art design. Following the fireworks disaster of May 2000, this area was renewed with its new urban architectural plan. Each home in this area is unique, as that the homebuyers built each one from the ground up, filled with their own creative designs. This makes this area have a young, energetic "feel," which is ideal for incoming international students.


If you enjoy neighborhoods with a historical vibe, then you’ll love this area of Enschede, known as "het Pathmos," which is to the west of the city center. At the beginning of the 20th century, this neighborhood was built during the textile boom in Enschede, which demanded a rapid growth for housing. Due to this, the houses in this area were built inexpensively, which makes rental units in this area very popular with local students. There are also several green spaces here, so recreational amenities are also a nice draw.

Glanerbrug, Lonneker, Boekelo and Usselo

Enschede also has four separate villages that fall beneath its municipality: Glanerbrug, Boekelo, Lonneker and Usselo, each individually connected to the city.

Glanerbrug is close to the border between Enschede and Germany. In fact, the train that runs from Enschede to Gronau, Germany, makes a stop at its area train station. A portion of the Enschede Marathon also runs through Glanerbrug, making it a popular area for those who enjoy sports, as well as students who love the idea of being close to Germany.

Lonneker is just north of Enschede and surrounded by its beautiful coulisse landscape. This is a great place for active students, due to its numerous hiking and cycling routes.

Usselo and Boekelo are situated west of Enschede’s city center. Usselo is well-known for its unique post-mill that is still in operation today. The countryside of Usselo is surrounded by artificial hills known as "es" or “esch.”

Local students also love a visit to the new Grolsch Brewery, right along the road to Boekelo. Boekelo also hosts the Military Boekelo-Enschede Equestrian Competition. This area mixes new architecture with some of the remaining chimneys and facades from the salt industry, creating a new quarter known as the "‘De Bleekerij." The Museum Buurtspoorweg also runs a museum railway with old steam locomotives and wagons, taking visitors between the areas of Boekelo and Haaksbergen.

5 Tips to Help You Find Housing in Enschede

  • Allow for plenty of time to search for housing.

Unfortunately, many incoming students tend to procrastinate, which can often lead to disappointment when looking for a room or an apartment. Always begin your search at least three to four months before your move to Enschede, and keep in mind that the best properties will rent quickly.

Many students also look for a subtenancy. If you will only be in Enschede for a short term, then this might be a good option for you, in which you lease from a regular tenant who has a furnished room available for just a few months.

  • Join Facebook groups and check out housing platforms.

A lot of students go to social media to try to find a room for rent in Enschede. Facebook often has groups set up just for this, so be sure to list what you’re looking for and search through listings for advertisements.

You should also check out Housing Anywhere, a trust rental platform, to begin your search, You can even be notified when a listing that matches your preferences is posted. Housing Anywhere also manages a Facebook group where you can continue your search.

  • Check with your new university.

One of the first things that you should do is check with your university. Each university can offer a multitude of levels of support, but they can typically at least always point you in the right direction. Some may even offer their own dormitories, or they may have their own housing departments. Keep in mind that dormitories are usually somewhat expensive, and you will have no control over your choice of roommates. Also be sure to check out the student notice boards, where you may be able to find a few rental advertisements.

If you are an exchange student, then your home university might also be able to provide information. They may also even known of former students who will be vacating their space in Enschede.

  • Be willing to go the extra mile.

Make looking for housing a big part of your daily routine. As that the best rooms go fast, be sure to check early in the morning, especially. And don’t be afraid to look a bit out of the university area. You can easily buy or rent a bike to get back and forth to class.

  • Don’t give up.

While the process of looking for accommodation can be somewhat overwhelming, never give up. Keep searching, think outside of the box, and before you know it, you will be living in Enschede in your brand new room or apartment!

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