When looking for a room through online housing platforms or social media, it might come handy to know some of the key search words, because it will not all be in English. Google Translate seems to work quite well from Dutch to English, so this might also be of help when checking room offers. A number of key words are:

appartement

apartment

exclusief, exclusieve huur

rent excluding additional costs (e.g. electrics, gas, services etc)

gemeubileerd

furnished

gestoffeerd

semi-furnished

gezamenlijk

shared

hond

dog

hospiteeravond

an evening where you, along with the other candidates, present yourself to the current tenants

hospiteren

to present yourself to the current tenants, along with the other candidates

huisdier

pet

huisgenoot, huisgenoten

roommate, roommates

huisrekening

house bill

huurtoeslag

Dutch rental benefits

inclusief, inclusieve huur

rent including additional costs (e.g. electrics, gas, services etc)

inschrijving gemeente

registration with the municipality

internetaansluiting

internet access

kaal

unfurnished

kamer

room

kat

cat

mannelijk

male

niet-roker

non-smoker

onderhuur

sublet

onzelfstandig

joint facilities with other tenants

schoonmaakrooster

cleaning schedule

studentenhuis

student accommodation (usually with shared facilities)

te huur

for rent

tijdelijk

temporary

tijdelijke kamer

temporary room

verhuurd

rented out

vrouwelijk

female

zelfstandig

no joint facilities with other tenants

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