Hospiteren (solicite for a room)

What is it?

"Hospiteren" is also known as a 'viewing evening' for obtaining a room in a student house. It is an introduction to the 'future' housemates or the landlord. What should you pay attention to? How can you make sure that you become the new roommate in this student house? Here are some useful hospiteren tips, and do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

Top 9 "Do's"

Tip 1: Make sure you are on time!

On a Sunday evening, you will be compared to other candidates and schedules may have been made. If you are late, you will not score very many points and you have less time to leave a clear impression of yourself. Check in advance how long it will take you to get there and whether there are any delays in  public transport.

Tip 2: Observe and consider yourself living here

It is an introduction but you should also see it as a chance to spend some time with these people. Think about what you want and whether it suits your needs. For example, if it is a student house that does many things together and often eats together, then consider whether this fits you. Otherwise, you soon become an outsider in the house and that is of course not the intention.

Tip 3: Make a good impression

A student house consists of several people who all have a voice in choosing a new housemate. It is important that when the housemates make a decision at the end of the evening, they all have a good impression of you. Make clear where your interests lie and what you do in daily life. Of course, it’s important that you be yourself – eventually, these people may be your new housemates and you will of course want to feel at home.

Tip 4: Prepare for the general questions

Actually, you can see it as a kind of job interview where you need to tell about yourself in a short period of time. Prepare yourself for questions that are most likely to arise. Consider, for example, what study you are doing, what your interests are and what you do in the weekend.

Tip 5: Read the ad again

In the advertisement, the student house / landlord has provided information about the available room and the student house. Before you go to the hospiteer evening, read this again. Thus, you do not have to ask unnecessary questions and may score more better on points that are important to the housemates.

Tip 6: Try to remain calm

Try to relax during the evening. Make eye contact when you talk to someone. Smile!

Tip 7: Show interest from your side

As mentioned earlier, it is a mutual acquaintance. Remember to also ask questions fo other people! This way you show you are interested and you can also find out if you want to live in this house.

Tip 8: Do not be afraid of nice, awkward questions

Students are often asked slightly bizarre questions. For example, if you were a day of the week, what day would you be? A nonsense question but you should be prepared for them. Perhaps it is an idea to review the “Dilemma on Tuesday” Facebook page.

Tip 9: Improve your hospiteren skills

If you unfortunately weren’t chosen for the student house, it is OK to ask why the decision was reached to ask someone else. You can consider this feedback to be used to prepare for the next hospiteer invitation.

Top 3 "Don'ts"

Tip 1: Don’t bring parents. Never! When you go to rooms, you become independent. And your parents do not belong there. Of course, once you have the room, they can come and see them, but leave them at the hospital evening outside.

Tip 2: Don’t say how often you’ve been rejected at other hospiteer evenings. This would make them immediately wonder why that is so.

Tip 3: Don’t flirt with one of your future housemates. A wink or compliment on someone’s appearance will not help you to secure a room. Love within a student house is a no-go.

Keeping these tips in mind, you will hopefully have a great room in a very nice house in the shortest time.