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Responding and allocation

What happens once you’ve found the home you want?

Have you found the room or apartment that’s right for you? If so, it’s time to spring into action!

Below, you’ll find important information about how to apply and how our rooms, studios and apartments are allocated.

If you’re looking for furnished short stay accommodation, then go directly to Short Stay to check out the possibilities.

Want to know which types of living space you qualify for and find out average waiting times? Use the Living Space Tool to instantly find out which homes you can apply for. 

Living spaces and waiting times

In order to apply for a living space, you first need to be registered. Before making an application for any property, be sure to check that you qualify for it. The rules are shown alongside the advertisements for our rooms and apartments. Terms and conditions can be found in the section titled “Target groups, labels and conditions”.

It’s not always easy for students and young people starting out in the property rental market to find an affordable home. This is why Stadswonen Rotterdam is here to help.

The 2015 Housing Act stipulates that 95% of the properties offered by housing corporations must be suitable for home-seekers on low incomes. We call this 'appropriate assignment'. Stadswonen Rotterdam is committed to serving students and young people, and has thereby also added an age limit to the low income requirement. This ensures our homes remain available for the right target groups.

What this means for you 
Your age, income and the size of your desired household determine whether you qualify for our rooms, studios or apartments. To find out whether you are within our target group, take a look at the “Target groups, labels and conditions” section below.

Make sure that you only apply for homes which match your situation. It doesn’t make any sense to apply for homes that you don’t qualify for, as we will not be able to allocate them to you.

The majority of our rental properties consist of rooms, studios and apartments for students at colleges in Rotterdam. Alongside these we have a broad offering of student accommodation for those studying outside of Rotterdam. We also believe it is important for people to be able to continue living in Rotterdam after they’ve finished studying, which is why we also offer nice studios and apartments for (recent) graduates and young working people.

Dutch law has rules concerning which people housing associations, such as Stadswonen Rotterdam, are allowed to rent property to. Qualification is based on a profile made up of factors such as age, degree programme and/or income. To provide clarification on which types of room, studio or apartment you qualify for, we have applied specific labels to our rental properties:


To qualify for our homes with the ‘Student’ label, you must be a full-time student at a college or university in Rotterdam. You can qualify for a student room if you are between 16 and 27 years old. For our studios and apartments, you must be between 18 and 30 years of age. We also have an agreement with several study associations to reserve a selection of properties exclusively for their members.

Young people

Homes with the ‘Young People’ label are intended for students, (secondary school or higher), or working young people. You do not have to be enrolled at an educational institution in Rotterdam to qualify for these properties. You can qualify for student accommodation if you are aged between 16 and 27. In order to qualify for our studios and apartments, you must be between 18 and 30 years of age. If you are not a full-time student, your (current) income should not exceed the maximum amount allowed for social housing eligibility.

Graduates and working young people

These rental homes are for graduates and working young people who would like live in Rotterdam. You can qualify for these rental homes if you are aged between 23 and 35. A minimum and maximum income level applies.

The rules are also shown within the advertisements for our rooms, studios and apartments

Whether you are considered for renting a particular home depends on several factors, including how long you’ve been registered, right to urgency and preferences of the current residents (in shared student accommodation). If you’ve applied for a property but have not received an invitation for a viewing or interview, it might be because there are other applicants who have been registered longer, have an official declaration of urgency or have been selected ahead of you for a student accommodation interview (based on how long they’ve been registered and the wishes of the other residents).

When will I get a response to my application?  
In MijnStadswonen, you can track and trace the status of your response on the accommodation you applied for.