Finding a house

The Hague offers great variety in types of neighbourhood, from bustling and urban to leafy-green residential, from central to more isolated. There are many options to choose from when considering a desired accommodation. Renting, buying, houses, apartments, but above all: location.

You'll have to consider your living situation when getting settled here, including proximity to public transportation, your work, child's school and shopping as well as the availability of (on-street) parking.

As space is limited and land scarce in the Netherlands, you will find that most people live in flats or in row houses rather than in single-family detached homes. It is also unusual in a city like The Hague to have a garage attached to your home although many modern apartment buildings offer underground parking garages. Many homes, however, do typically come with a small balcony or garden.

Useful tips

  • The Hague has 44 neighbourhoods and 8 city districts. You can get a feel for the city's various housing options on the website Wonen in Den Haag (in Dutch). 
  • A number of neighbourhoods are especially popular among members of the international community, including the Archipelbuurt, Belgisch Park, Benoordenhout, Centrum, Kijkduin, Marlot and the Statenkwartier. Expats also choose to live in Rijswijk, Voorburg, Voorschoten and Wassenaar. 
  • The Hague International Centre offers useful tips when renting a home in the Netherlands, including deposits and giving notice.
  • You can go to the website of The Hague International Centre for information on buying a home in the Netherlands and arranging a mortgage.

Real estate websites

If you'd already like to familiarise yourself with the kinds of homes available in The Hague, you may try visiting several websites specialised in real estate. First determine whether you'd like to look at homes for rent (te huur) or homes for sale (te koop). The website of The Hague International Centre can point you in the right direction.

A word of warning: it is not wise to rent a property without first having seen it or sending someone you trust to inspect it. You could be in for an unpleasant surprise!

Before you sign a rental contract or purchase deed, you may first want to live in short-stay or temporary accommodation.

    Using an estate agent

    In The Hague there is a multiple listing system for properties for sale and to rent. This means that you can ask an estate agent to find you a property on the market, including houses which are listed with other agencies. The agent will check daily for potentially interesting new listings.

    Your agent will show you as many homes as possible which meet your requirements and he will negotiate on your behalf. Should the house be listed with another agency, the tenant is required to pay a broker’s fee, which is often negotiable.

    An agent working on your behalf can save you time and, in the long run, money despite the commission, since he may be able to negotiate a better price. If you arrange to view and rent or purchase a home directly listed with a particular agency, the tenant is not required to pay the commission.

    Affordable housing permit

    Are you going to rent a property? Then you sometimes need an affordable housing permit. Apply for this on time at the municipality. Are you going to rent the property from a housing corporation? Then the housing corporation will arrange the affordable housing permit. You do not need to do anything yourself.

    New building projects

    Because there is a long-term housing shortage in the Netherlands, it is not uncommon to have to overbid on the property you want to purchase. Demand remains high in The Hague despite efforts by the municipality and project developers to build more homes. Here is an overview of the new building projects the municipality is working on (in Dutch).

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      Published: 13 April 2012Modified: 20 May 2021