Forced into a snoring dorm: ‘I don’t know how long I can keep this up’

Hostel is comfortable, snoring in hostel is no fun

Eugene (2nd year International Business Administration)

two weeks in the hostel

Made some major adjustments to requirements, but let’s keep hope

Eugene, an IBA student, is forced to stay in Hostel Annie & Hakken.


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wouter sterenberg

“My first year of studies was completely online, so I followed that from Kiev. This year I have few courses where I have to be physically present. There was a form with which you could request a complete follow up of the year online, but unfortunately I didn’t qualify as an ‘exceptional’ case. Luckily I knew in advance how difficult it is to find a room at the moment, so I don’t stress too much yet. Though it’s certainly annoying that so far I’ve only been dismissed when I answer rooms.

“At the moment I don’t specifically look for a nice room. First I thought of a furnished studio, then a regular studio, then a room, but now I’m happy if I Some Get. Location doesn’t really matter to me, I can handle a 30 minute bike ride. I had also given concession in terms of budget and now I will accept 800 Euro fare. Hostel is more expensive due to crowd, so staying here is costing me more than this month.

“There are pros and cons to being in a hostel. The people are chill, there are cozy movie and karaoke evenings and the free coffee is delicious. On the other hand, there’s no fun in a snoring dorm room as a light sleeper. Despite the noise-canceling earplugs, I always wake up a few times each night. Recently, for example, someone was working an apple at two in the morning that had a lot of volume. Unfortunately it’s also part of that I’d love to see a message in a group app: ‘We have one room left, who wants to be with us?’ But until then I’ll be here, based on how long people live here on average, at least another week. I hope.”

IBA-student Eugene.

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Students still looking for accommodation in hostels

Many students are still forced to stay in hostels. He has more than a month…

Looking in other cities in desperation

Olive (3rd year at Willem de Kooning Academy)

two weeks in the hostel

Been looking for 3 months but haven’t found anything yet

WDKA-Student Olive.
WDKA-Student Olive.


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wouter sterenberg

“I have just returned from the UK, during the pandemic I was with my mother who is in a high risk group. Earlier I used to stay in Student Hotel. That was very expensive and I was treated interchangeably. Ten others for you, that mindset. I have been looking for a room in every possible way for almost three months. Kamernet, Facebook groups, see-throughs, even Reddit… I expected it to be easy for me to find a room when I was in Rotterdam. It’s quite disappointing.

“The shortage of affordable rooms seems to have gotten worse than it was two years ago. I know a lot of people who are looking for rooms to live together but don’t have homes for all kinds of reasons. There are still huge ‘Dutch only’ ads on them, or they are looking for a working student. I want to work, but I really can’t until I have a place to live. In desperation, I am now looking at other cities as well and am willing to pay more.

“My WDKA teacher could only help by sending some website, but I already knew them. Unlike Euro, they don’t have their own accommodation available. I’m surprised that there are no companies I can walk into And they’ll find something or come up with an offer. I’m in a very comfortable hostel now, but the lack of privacy, the overcrowded kitchen, everyone’s alarm clocks in the hostel… I don’t know how long I can stay. Me Hoping to find a place soon.”

After months suddenly trying a place

Thomas (Master Student Strategic Management)

three weeks in the hostel

Looking for temporary accommodation by the end of January

Master student Tomas in the kitchen of the dorm Annie and Hakkien.
Master’s student Tomas in the kitchen.


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wouter sterenberg

“In two weeks I can move to my makeshift room in Noord, until then I will be here. It is a great relief that I have got a room at least by the end of January. I’ve been seeing since June with two friends: first online in Portugal, then a couple of weeks in Rotterdam with a friend’s aunt, and then in Portugal. It wasn’t until mid-September that we had an online information session from the International Office where we received suggestions on how to find a room. We really expected them to have rooms available, but that didn’t happen. It was a very stressful time, because in addition to finding the room, it was also hard work for my master’s degree.

“We had an exam at the end of September for which we had to be physically present. When we went back to the Netherlands two days before the exam, we received an invitation to visit Noord via Facebook the day before the exam. We had a good rapport with the lady who rented the apartment and after months of trying, we suddenly found a place to stay. A huge burden that took off from our shoulders, so I don’t mind staying in the hostel for a while. Due to the noise around me, I have to communicate via chat during work groups, but eventually I get used to it too.

“Since the room is only available temporarily, I will have to look for new accommodation again for the second half of the academic year. But I feel better prepared and think it will be easier than the first time. Until then, Exchange students will leave and hopefully more will be available. I also know you have to send hundreds of responses to get a handful of offers. It is what it is.”

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