The Expat’s Guide to Finding Dutch Housing on

Aug 28, 2023

Looking to find your dream home in the Netherlands? Look no further than Funda, the go-to platform for finding Dutch housing listings. While the website might be predominantly in Dutch, don’t be intimidated! In this comprehensive blog post for expats in the Netherlands, I’m breaking down for you the essential housing terms you will need to know to navigate Funda like a local.



1. Starting Your Search

Your house-hunting journey begins on the Funda homepage. The first step to finding Dutch housing is to choose whether you’re interested in buying (koop) or renting (huur). Keep an eye out for “nieuwbouw,” which means the house/apartment is newly built. Once you’ve made your choice, enter the city (plaats), neighborhood (buurt), or address (adres) in the search bar. You also have the option to set a minimum price  (van __€) and maximum (tot __€) price. When you’re all set, just click the search (zoek) button and let Funda do its job!


2. Exploring Listings

Let’s say you’re looking for a rental (huur) property in the beautiful city of Leiden. Under the “soort aanbod” section, you’ll discover a variety of housing types. Among these, you might find a quintessential Dutch “rijtjeshuis” – a terraced house complete with a quaint front garden (voortuin) and a cozy back garden (achtertuin). Curious about how long this listing has been up for? You can find this under “aangeboden sinds“. If that’s not a priority for you, simply opt for “geen voorkeur” (no preference). To narrow down your search further, tick the “beschikbaar” (available) box to view only currently active properties.


3. Finding Your Must-Have Features

Now let’s tailor your search to meet your specific requirements. If you have a family, you might be on the lookout for a “eengezinswoning” (single family home) of a specific size (woonoppervlakte) with the desired number of rooms (kamers) and bedrooms (slaapkamers). Don’t forget that “perceeloppervlakte” (lot size) will always include the garden space (de tuin), and measurements are listed in square meters (m2).

Given the rising importance of energy efficiency, finding Dutch housing with good energy performance is more important than ever. Check out the “energielabel” to gauge the house’s energy performance, rated from A+++++ (excellent) to G (energy inefficient, not isolated). This will make a big difference when it comes to your utility costs once you move in! 

Looking for specific amenities or features in the home? You can also use Funda to filter for desirable features such as a swimming pool (zwembad) or a cozy fireplace (open haard).


4. Picking The Perfect Neighbourhood

The location (ligging) of your future home will make a big difference to your experience here in the Netherlands. Are you looking for a central residential area (woonwijk) close to work or schools, or would you prefer the peace and quiet of a rural setting (landelijk gelegen)? You can customize your search easily depending on where you would like to live using the radius feature. You can look for homes within a radius of 0 km to 50 km from a city or location of your choice. Once you’ve made your search, you can click the map button (kaart) next to the search bar to visually see the locations of available homes.


Bonus: Practicing For The House Visit

Once you find your dream place, you’ll be needing to visit and meet with the real estate agent. Gain confidence by listening in on a typical conversation with a real estate agent by reviewing the “bij de makelaar” chapter and accompanying audio recording available in my free eBook, “12 Everyday Conversations in Dutch.”. You can also review some of the vocabulary terms related to housing below.


Ready? Let’s go!

You’re now ready to get started with finding your dream home here as an expat in the Netherlands! The Dutch housing market isn’t always the easiest, but I hope this blog post has helped you feel more comfortable using the available tools and resources with confidence. You can review the full vocabulary list below to help you practice!

Looking for additional support with your adjustment period as you start your new life in the Netherlands? Check out my ebook “Settling in the Netherlands”. It’s your essential guide to Dutch vocabulary and phrases as you settle into your new life in the Netherlands, including topics related to housing and meeting your neighbours! The ebook also includes insights into Dutch culture that will help you better understand the new country and culture around you, as well as an audio accompaniment to listen to the proper pronunciation and quickly increase your understanding.


Glossary of Terms


aan park


adjacent to park

aan rustige weg on quiet road
aan water on the water
aangeboden sinds listed since
achtertuin (de) back garden
adres (het) address

bad (het)

balkon (het)



beschikbaar available
bouwperiode (de) building period (built between …. and …..)
buiten bebouwde kom outside of town
cv-ketel (de) central heating boiler
dakterras (het) roof terrace
duurzame energie (de) sustainable energy
eengezinswoning (de) single family home
eigenschappen features
energielabel (het) energy label
geen voorkeur no preference
huur rent
in centrum in the city centre
in onderhandeling in negotiation
kamer (de) room
keuken (de) kitchen
kluswoning (de) property needs renovation
koop buy
ligging (de) location
makelaar (de) real estate agent
nieuwbouw new built/ new construction
openhaard (de) fire place
parkeergelegenheid (de) parking space
perceeloppervlakte (de) lot size
plaats (de) city
rijtjeshuis (het) terraced house
slaapkamer (de) bedroom
soort aanbod home type
tuin (de) garden
tuinligging (de) position of the garden
verkocht/ verkocht onder voorbehoud sold/ sold “under reservation” (offer accepted, but sale not yet finalized)
voortuin (de) front garden
vrij uitzicht free view
woonoppervlakte (de) square feet
woonwijk (de) residential area
zoek search
zuid, west, oost, noord south, west, east, north
zwembad (het) swimming-pool


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