Finding a house in Enschede is relatively easy and affordable in comparison with the big cities in the western part of the Netherlands. If you want to rent a house you can do so via several housing associations or in the private sector. In some cases and circumstances you can apply for rent benefits. For more information visit the website of the Dutch tax authority.
There are 3 mayor housing associations in Enschede. Some of these have pre-conditions for renting a house or apartment (like a minimal or maximum income). For more information on these conditions or an overview of the properties they rent out visit their websites. Only available in Dutch.
If you want to buy a house or apartment, seek the advice of an expert. There are a lot more financial and legal questions to consider than if you rent accommodation. For example, a financial advisor can work out what mortgage is best for you and what it will cost you. Enschede has quite a few estate agents. For an overview of the houses currently on the market and which estate agent handles the property go to www.funda.nl (only available in Dutch). Here you will also find an overview of some of the properties rented out in the private sector.
Enschede has a few very diverse housing estates. All with their own distinctive look and atmosphere. All of the different areas in Enschede are connected by the main ring road, formerly known as ‘de Singel’. The Ring lies around the city centre, enclosing the hospital, Saxion University and the main bus and train station. If you ever get lost in Enschede this road is a reliable reference point.
The newly build district of Roombeek is located to the north of the city centre of Enschede. After the fireworks disaster (on 13 May 2000) it was rebuild with combined effort into the 21st century worthy area it is today; an example of architectural and urban planning quality. The major part of the houses were build through private commission; buying a lot, designing a house and finally building the house of your dreams. Eventually 400 people took this opportunity to build their dream house. This means 400 different views on how a dream house should look, resulting in a contemporary combination of traditional and modern architecture.
A historically valuable district in Enschede is ‘het Pathmos’, located to the west of the city centre. This district was build during the thriving textile industry at the start of the 20th century. Because of the industry’s rapid growth there was a lot of demand for cheap housing for the industry workers. Between 1914 and 1922, 974 houses were build in no less than 89 different varieties making it a very diverse living area. With the use of squares and green commons the architects created a strong spacious quality to the district. Between 1927 and 1928 another 226 houses were build. These were considerably more frugal and cheaply realised. This was the reason why these were demolished and rebuild during a grand renovation project of the district between 2003 and 2007.
Enschede has 4 villages that fall under the municipality of Enschede; Glanerbrug, Lonneker, Boekelo and Usselo, each with its own unique connection to the city.
Glanerbrug forms the link between Enschede and the German border to the east of the city. The train running from Enschede to the German city of Gronau makes a stop at Glanerbrug train station. Part of the Enschede Marathon runs through Glanerbrug.
The village of Lonneker is located north of Enschede right in the middle of its stunning coulisse landscape. It has various hiking and cycling routes running through it and the cosy church square is definitely worth a visit.
Boekelo and Usselo are located to the west of Enschede. Usselo is known for the presence of a rare post-mill that is still operable. The countryside surrounding Usselo is marked by artificial hills, called ‘es’ or ‘esch’. The newly-built Grolsch Brewery is located on the road to Boekelo. Boekelo is well known for hosting the Military Boekelo-Enschede Equestrian Competition. It is also known for the salt industry, since 1919 located south of the village and marked by a former ‘salt tower’ in the village centre. On a former textile factory’s terrain, a new quarter called ‘De Bleekerij’ (The Bleachery) was built. Parts of the old industrial heritage such as old facades and the factory’s chimney were integrated into the new buildings. The Museum Buurtspoorweg runs a historical museum railway with restored steam locomotives and wagons between Boekelo and Haaksbergen.