Welcome to Wageningen!

Known as the city of life sciences, Wageningen is the perfect quaint little place to persue your passion for nature and landscape studies. It is located in the Gelderland region, which home to roughly two million people and is widely known for its historic cities, large rivers, forests, and many rural areas. It is also the perfect place to ejoy and combine studies with student life!

Historically, Wageningen emerged in 1263 after receiving its city rights. Old houses, typical properties, and small friendly streets define its urban landscape. Most famous, perhaps however, has been the city’s role during the Second World War. In May 1945, the German capitulation was signed in hotel De Wereld.

Wageningen plays an important role in students’ personal and social development. While it provides natural heavens, two botanical gardens, terraces and plenty of landscapes, its urban hub offers many social hotspots, clubs, markets, cafés and restaurants. And with a plethora of student associations that span from the local smaller communities to the larger student associations like ESN Wageningen, there is a lot that you will have to explore and enjoy here in Wageningen.

Welcome and we wish you a great year!

Step 1: Finding a new home

Finding a home is one of the biggest challenges in the Netherlands. At the end of August, the Telegraaf, one of the biggest Dutch media outlets, declared that the housing crisis had reached over 27,000 units. Historically, the Netherlands has always experienced a housing crisis due to the lack of space, and unfortunately, students expeirence the effects the strongest.

It is ESSENTIAL that you start looking for a place as soon as possible.


The main provider of accomodation on Wageningen, Idealis owns more than half of all student rooms here. In order to have a higher chance at securing your room, make sure to FULLY register at ROOM.NL. This requires that you pay the registration fee of €35,00; otherwise you will be deregistered and your account deleted. Once completed, download and complete the priority registration form and send it to the Doctoral Service Centre at [email protected] to request your priority rights, giving you a head start on the registation lists of the website.

Idealis offers accomodation across Wageningen in several buildings and locations. These include Bornsesteeg, Dijkgraaf, Hoevestein, Asserpark, Haarweg, Costerweg, Rijnveste and Churchillweg.

You can check this webpage for an overview of all Idealis buildings.


The official website of Idealis for student accomodation in Wageningen and the Netherlands


Kamernet is one of the main platforms for finding housing in the Netherlands. Landlords register and offer their houses, apartments, rooms, studios and properties there, so we highly encourage that you keep track of Kamernet. You can register and pay a monthly fee to be able to communicate with potential landlords. 

Be aware that some landlords look for specific characteristics from students – nationality, spoken language, age, sex, working or student, which may restrict whether you can apply. Other settings you can tweak include distance from your ideal city, the property type, rental range and the minimum size of the rental.


The official website of Kamernet for student accomodation in Wageningen and the Netherlands

Facebook: Wageningen Student Plaza

There are many different groups on Facebook where you can find offers for different student rooms. Wageningen Student Plaza is the largest and safest of these. Hundreds of offers are posted here every month and they are mostly safe and secure which means that you can be sure to find a room there. While some offers are specifically for Dutch speaking students, most rooms are open for everyone.

When applying or speaking with potential landlords or students desiring to rent, always make sure to carefully read their offers and investigate the legitimacy of the profiles. Although the security of the group has improved exponentially over the years, scammers still exist and there have been cases of financial theft. Never send any money (like a deposit) before meeting with the landlord, seeing your new place and receiving your keys. Also, make sure that you have a contract! You can apply for many benefits from the Dutch government if you do!

Wageningen Student Plaza

The main and largest Facebook group for student accomodation here in Wageningen.

Housing Platform Wageningen

Are you going on exchange next semester and looking for a room or a subtenant? Then make sure to join the new Housing Platform!

This platform aims to connect incoming and outgoing exchange students. There are multiple channels in which you can either post your room or make a post about yourself looking for a room. Outgoing and incoming students can easily connect with each other via chat or a video call.

As an exchange student, you should have gotten an email from us with the invitation link. If not, please send an email to [email protected] and we can share the link. The same holds for students who are going abroad for their Masters or Internship. 

Good to know: outgoing WUR students can apply for a rent guarantee!

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]

Housing Platform Wageningen

Take full advantage of the mediator that we offer so you can find yourself a room and give yours to another student!

Step 2: Join our WhatsApp! groupchat

Step 3: Travel to Wageningen

Where is Wageningen?

Wageningen is located in the province of Gelderland, in close proximity to the larger cities Arnhem and Utrecht. It is south of Ede and Bennekom, two larger cities through which most transport that goes to Wageningen passes through.

How to get to Wageningen?

The best way to get to Wageningen is by public transport, which entails taking a train to Ede-Wageningen (the train station located in southern Ede) and then a bus. You can check the 9292 website for detailed, real-time updated travel information. Simply fill in your starting location and your desired location and follow the instructions on when to take the train(s) and bus(es).

How to use the public transport

Public transport in the Netherlands is primarily operated by NS. To use their services, you will require a ticket or, better even, an OV-Chipkaart. You can personalise the card and use it for all public transport until it expires after some years!

Single tickets are often more expensive but can be purchased online or from the ticket machines and service counters at the train stations or on the buses.

For more information, make sure to check the NS website.

Step 4: Surviving the Netherlands

Once you have a home and have arrived in Wageningen, it’s time to ensure you survive. Our experience is invaluable and we have compiled together the ultimate guide on how you can survive the countless bikes, the traffic and student life.

The Survival Guide is ESN Wageningen’s way of defending you at all costs. It provides detailed information on everything you need to know in the defence art against the Dutch culture. This includes insights into topics ranging from the weather, to bikes and public transport, to the do’s and don’ts. Learn how to open a bank account and what a tikkie is. Read on the housing crisis and how you can find a place, or how and for what you need to contact your new ruling municipality (and which one depending on where you live). Or prepare yourself for the upcoming academic year by learning how it’s structured and what platforms the Wageningen University and Research offers.

The Survivel Guide was designed with much care, love and passion by Soshanna Blaauw, the Integration Coordinator of the 2022-2023 board. It is near and dear to us and we would appreciate if you could take the time to go over and read it. It has proven to be very helpful for new and incoming students that may need a little bit of guidance into the Dutch and Wageningian environment.

Thank you.

IMPORTANT: The Do's and Don'ts

The Netherlands and Drugs

Although the Netherlands is known for its tolerant marihuana policy, most drugs in the Netherlands are still illegal. The police, however, allow you to have a small amount (5 grams) of marihuana for usage at home or at a coffee shop. The usage of drugs is forbidden in public places and student associations. Never mix drugs with alcohol.

Cigarettes and Smoking

It’s not a problem if you smoke on the streets, but when you enter any kind of building! It is absolutely prohibited to smoke in most student residences, common areas and beneath residential buildings’ windows. The Wageningen University has a strict no smoking policy where you can get fined if you are caught smoking! It is also prohibited to smoke cigarettes inside of restaurants, bars and clubs. You will have to go outside or into a special smoking area inside!

Personal Identification

It is required by law to have your passport or European ID card with you all the times. If the police asks you to show your identification, you must be able to show it. The fines for not carrying either one are quite high and there are many other safety concerns and benefits for carrying identification with you anyways!

The Dutch Culture: Quick Tips!

Tip 1: Dutch Directness

You don't know the power of the Dutch directness

The truth:

The Dutch are renowned for speaking their minds. This is known as the Dutch directness: from complete strangers reprimanding you for chatting in the train's quiet zone, to friends telling you the unfiltered truth unbenowst of the concept of a white lie. This could be interpreted as rude and inpolite outside of the Netherlands, but is considered normal and is even appreciated in Dutch culture. It is a virtue of sincerity, honesty and even loyalty.

The Dutch do not mince their words and are often not afraid to discuss hot topics like religion, poltiics, immigration or money. In reality, it is considered a cultural faux pas to not have an opinion. It can be historically traced all the way back to the country's Calvinism.
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Tip 2: Tikkies

You can never have too much or little of it

A tikkie?

Dutch people, and especially Dutch students, are not necessarily known for their generosity. That is, when having a meal with someone, do not be too surprised to receive a 'tikkie' (a payment request) afterwards.

It is called 'going Dutch' for a reason.
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Tip 3: English

The second most spoken language in the Netherlands

English and the Netherlands

Almost all Dutch can speak English and are willing to do so. In fact, it might be difficult to try to learn Dutch in the Netherlands, because many people will just automatically switch to English even though you want them to speak Dutch; and they would do that to show you they can speak it better than you can!

After English, German is the most commonly spoken foreign language.
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Tip 4: Bikes

We cannot hold much longer.
There are too many of them.

Bikes, and bikes, and more bikes!

There are bicycles (fietsen in Dutch) everywhere. In Wageningen, we cycle everywhere. Do not expect to find many students with their own car. Aside from having absolute priority everywhere on the roads, they also make drinking nights a hazard. Trained Dutchies are experts at cycling while drunk, but international students might need some practice before hopping on their bike after a few beers.
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Tip 5: Holidays

Parties and Festivities

Holidays are fun!

The Dutch have some unique holidays. Especially Sinterklaas, Koningsdag (King's day) and Liberation Day (on the 5th of May) are celebrated intensely in Wageningen. Make sure you join the parties and traditions when you are here!
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