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Moving on and moving in together

How do I move to a different accommodation?

If you want to move to another accommodation, you don't need to re-register. Apply for the room, studio or apartment you want by responding to the relevant advertisement. Be sure to first check that you’re eligible. The conditions are included in each advertisement.

Can I move to a different accommodation?

If you’re already renting from us, you can  easily move to a different accommodation. 

Moving while still studying 
If you’re already renting from us, you can move to another room or studio as long as you’re still studying. We allocate these prioritised by length of time already renting from us (x2) (existing tenants) and by waiting time (non-tenants).

An example 
>A tenant has been renting from us since 1 January 2017. On 1 January 2019, the duration of their tenancy is 2 years. But we double this, bringing the total to 4 years
>A non-tenant registered with us on 1 January 2017. On 1 January 2019 their waiting time is 2 years.

We therefore allocate the accommodation to the existing tenant, because their length of residence, when doubled, is longer than the non-tenant’s waiting time.

Moving after finishing your studies 
If you are already renting from us and are going to work after finishing your education, you can apply for our apartments. We rent these to existing tenants aged between 23 and 27, who have income from work. You will get a limited-term contract for a maximum of five years. We assign available apartments to tenants with the longest period of residence

Older than 27? 
Are you older than 27? Then there are other ways to find accommodation in Rotterdam.

Can I move to a different room?

Do you want to move to another room within your unit? Then discuss this first with the other tenants. Is everyone OK with it? If so, you still need to re-register in Stadswonen Portal and pay a one-off €15 administration fee. But you don’t have to apply for the room – just contact Stadswonen Rotterdam to let us know about the swap.

Do you want to move to a different type of accommodation, for example from a room to a studio for students? This is possible as long as you’re still studying. We allocate these prioritised by length of time already renting from us (x2) (existing tenants) and by waiting time (non-tenants).

Can I move in with my partner?

Living together is sometimes allowed, depending on the type of home you’re renting:

Living together in a Stadswonen apartment Living together with your partner is permitted in all our apartments. If you want to share with a friend or family member, rather than a partner, then it’s worth considering that some apartments are more suitable for this than others. The relevant information is shown in our property descriptions. Only one of the proposed cohabitants needs to be registered with us. So if you are registered with Stadswonen, the person you want to share with doesn’t need to be. If you want to share with another person, please apply to do so via Stadswonen Portal. We’ll let you know as soon as possible whether your home is suitable for cohabitation and what further information we need.

Be aware: Cohabiting can have consequences for any rent subsidy or other allowances you receive. More information about this can be found on the tax office website.

Sharing a Stadswonen studio  Studios are only suitable for single occupancy, so you cannot share one of these with anyone else. If you want to move in with a partner, friend or relative, check out our broad selection of apartments

Sharing a Stadswonen room  Rooms are only suitable for single occupancy, but you can share a unit with your partner / friend / relative if you each have your own room. However, two rooms in the same unit rarely become available at the same time. Your best chance of getting to live in the same unit comes if one of you already lives there and the other has accumulated a lot of waiting time as an accommodation seeker. When a room becomes available in your unit, it will be offered to those with the longest waiting time and, if the building operates an interview policy, to whoever the existing tenants prefer.