Hospiteren (solicit 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!
Most of the time it’ll be in the evening time when you are invited to an ‘hospiteeravond’. You will be compared to other candidates, this may sound horrible but it’s up to the landlord or your new housemates to make the right decision. Don’t be late as you want to make a good impression. 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 are relaxed and 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. For example, what study you are doing, what your interests are and what you like to do in your spare time.
Tip 5: Read the ad again
In the advertisement, the student house/landlord has provided information about the available room and the house itself. Before you go to the hospiteer evening, read this again. Thus, you do not have to ask unnecessary questions and may score 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 to your future housemates! 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.
Tip 9: Improve your hospiteren skills
If you, unfortunately, weren’t chosen for the 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 hospiteerinvitation.
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.
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.