Introduction night

This article only applies for Long Stay. Click here to find more information about the difference between Long Stay and Short Stay housing.

'Hospiteren' VS viewing

In general, our accommodation is allocated based on registration time. Our rental offer indicates whether house hunters with the highest registration time can participate in an introduction night (hospiteeravond) or a viewing. For most rooms (and some self-contained units), an introduction night is organized. For rooms, this is because these living spaces involve shared facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens, and toilets, which require close interaction among the residents. Consequently, fellow residents are granted the opportunity to choose their new housemate following the introduction night. On the other hand, most independent homes (and some rooms) will have a viewing. In this case, the new housemate is selected solely based on registration time, with no influence from current residents.

An introduction night, how does that work? 

When an accommodation becomes vacant, we list it in our online rental offer. Subsequently, the responses are automatically sorted based on the time of registration. The 15 to 25 candidates with the longest registration time are invited to a viewing evening. During this event, you will have the chance to meet the current residents, view the accommodation, and engage in conversations. Typically, multiple candidates visit at the same time. Ultimately, the residents choose a new housemate from among all the prospective candidates. Alternatively, it is also possible to conduct the introduction process online, but this should be arranged directly with the house. In such cases, you can get to know each other through platforms like Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp video calls. Similar to a job interview, the introduction process, or 'hospiteren', requires preparation and aims to leave a positive first impression. So, make sure to prepare well and present yourself in the best possible light!

What if I don't succeed?

We understand how frustrating this can be: and that’s exactly why we offer students under the age of 27 room guarantee. Have you never lived with us before? And have you attended at least twenty 'hospiteer' evenings in the past three months without success in finding accommodation? Then you can ask us to assign you a room; we call this direct placement. Based on availability, you will be offered a random room once, without having to do viewings Of course, we will check whether you have actually attended twenty 'hospiteer' evenings. We may ask you to prove your attendance through app or email conversations. Also, please note that we may invite you to our office for an introductory interview.

I forgot to confirm the introduction night. What to do? 

Unfortunately.. if you have not confirmed on time via My SSH, then unfortunately we cannot reverse this! Our system is automated and has already created the candidate list. 

I'll join the introduction night. Do I have to contact the dormitory?

The dormitory will contact you as soon as they received the candidate list. This might take two working days. Have a few days passed and have you still not received any news? You’re more than welcome to contact them yourself; you can find their contact details on My SSH.