Accommodation in Maastricht
Most exchange students are staying at the UM Guesthouse. This organisation is affiliated with Maastricht University. There are 350 rooms for one or two students and 45 rooms/studios specifically for master’s students. The main buildings are located in the vicinity of SBE, Faculty of Law, University College Maastricht, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. All are easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. Unfortunately, SBE cannot guarantee that all students who apply for a room in the UM Guesthouse actually get a room there. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and we have no influence on that process.
If you do not want use maastrichthousing.com to find housing on the private market you can just browse the internet yourself for landlords or companies that offer furnished rooms in Maasticht. Or you can look for local studenst who need someone to sublet their room or apartment to.
Examples of letting agencies:
If you want a room in the UM Guesthouse, go to www.MaastrichtHousing.com, and click on “Guesthouse”. To book a room you need to register on Maastrichthousing.com. Registration costs are non-refundable. Select the dates of your stay, and you will get an overview of available rooms. If the Guesthouse UM is fully booked, or if you prefer to stay elsewhere, you can click on the option “Private market”. Here you will find rooms offered by private landlords or commercial companies.
The option “Housing Corporations” is really only useful if you intend to stay in Maastricht for your entire degree. If you are an exchange student this option does not make a lot of sense, since it usually takes months before it will be “your turn”. An alternative way to find housing on the private market is to browse the internet yourself for landlords or companies that offer furnished rooms, or for students who are looking for someone to sublet their room or apartment to.
It is up to you to try and find a room on the private market, but if you do then keep the following in mind:
- ALWAYS check whether the address of the room/apartment offered actually exists (via google maps, for example); only too often people try to make a fast buck by renting out rooms that do not, in fact, exist.
- NEVER transfer money in advance! There are a lot of crooks in the world, trying to swindle you out of your money. No matter how desperate you are, always check the credentials of the person subletting the room.
Your reservation at the Guesthouse is only possible for the period of your study in Maastricht, so not just for one week or month. Once you have signed the contract you are entering a legally binding agreement between you and the Guesthouse, meaning that the International Relations Office at SBE cannot and will not interfere on your behalf in case of legal disputes.
Note that your online housing reservation form will be used to base your contract on; this will be waiting for you upon checking in. If you want to change the dates on the contract, do so well before you arrive. The Guesthouse will not let you change after arrival. See also the cancellation conditions on the Guesthouse website.
Checking in/start date of your contract
You need to make sure you arrive at least ONE DAY before the compulsory introduction day (or a little earlier), so at the latest Wednesday, 30 August 2017 for students coming for the Fall semester and Wednesday, 31 January 2018 for students coming for the Spring semester. You can check in 24/7. Read the confirmation received from the guesthouse carefully!
Important note: It is never possible to shorten your contract!
If you think you may want to follow a skills course (not compulsory for exchange students) or you need to take a resit in January (for fall and year students only) or in July (spring and year students): you can always extend your contract once you have arrived in Maastricht, provided the Guesthouse does not have any subsequent reservations for your room.
Please go to the website of the Guesthouse for the reservation form, addresses, rules and regulations, and information on the type of accommodation, prices etc. The information listed on the Guesthouse website is binding.
Finally, there is SSH (“Stichting Studenten Huisvesting”; foundation for student housing). Please note that their rooms (indicated as “M Building”) are located at the same address as the UM Guesthouse, which is Brouwersweg 100. In fact, both SSH and UM Guesthouse share the same entrance. However, SSH is a totally separate legal entity. Renting a room via SSH is entirely at your own risk; do not expect the same level of assistance or service as from the UM Guesthouse. We therefore very strongly recommend you to find housing either in the P or C building; rooms in those buildings are maintained by UM Guesthouse.
Warning: Please note that the International Relations Office at SBE cannot and will not interfere on your behalf in case of problems, issues or even legal disputes, neither with the UM Guesthouse, MaastrichtHousing, SSH, HousingAnywhere, nor with the corporations and private persons, students or landlords linked to MaastrichtHousing or otherwise. Instead, consult with your own lawyer or the Student Law Agency. Or contact the Housing Helpdesk.