help your neighbourhood and live for free
Match houses are spacious homes located in different Maastricht neighbourhoods where the housing is free – you only pay electricity, gas, water, municipal taxes and internet (50-100 euros). Together with a team of fellow students you connect your neighbourhood and help neighbours to build new relationships. The project is continually developing to best enable students to have a lasting positive impact on communities and neighbourhoods in the city.
Scroll down for answers to frequently asked questions. Read the vacancy for more info about expectations and your profile.
Our team for 2021-2022 is complete, but you can still sign up. We will contact you once there is a free spot.
the project, in short
- Live for free – you only pay electricity, gas, water and internet
- Have a social impact in your neighbourhood
- Freedom to design your own social impact
- Get challenged and gain real-world experience in making a change
- Our coaches help you learn and grow
frequently asked questions
What kind of house can I expect?
We have two types. The first are houses that will be demolished or renovated in the coming years. So take in mind that these are not the newest houses and that there can be some deficiencies. Of course, the general state will be in order and livable. You will have more space in these houses than in other student houses but the houses will be older. The second type are rooms in student complexes. Here you have an individual unit where you share kitchen, toilet and bathroom with one or two other students (not necessarily your teammates). These rooms are modern, in good state and with good facilities.
Are the houses furnished?
Expect the house not to be furnished. However, if another team was there in the year before, the house can be (partially) furnished.
What are the costs?
You pay for your electricity, gas, water, internet and municipal taxes. You normally share these costs with your team of at least two, maximum four people. We estimate that these costs are around 75 – 125 euro, depending on your contracts, houses, use and team size.
Do I need to speak Dutch?
Your main responsibility in this project is to connect to your (Dutch) neighbours. So yes, language proficiency is a requirement and something we evaluate. We expect you to be able to speak Dutch at A2 level at the end of September. However, this does not mean that you cannot apply if you are not a Dutch native. If you are not at A2 level yet, make sure to start learning today and plan courses in the summer. Take into consideration that september will be a very busy month for you so you won’t be able spend much extra time on language then. These are some options for Dutch courses in Maastricht: UM language center, Learn Dutch in Maastricht, Dutch4you2, Waterval, Berlitz. We are not affiliated with these organisations.
Can I stay for less than a year?
Building relationships with neighbours takes time. This means that one year is the minimum for participating in the project, and if you can stay longer this is a strong plus.
How does the selection process work?
Our selection process is focused on getting to know as well as possible who you are. If we think based on your application that you fit the project, we will invite you for a 30-45 minute phone call. If the evaluation of this phone call is positive, we invite you for a two hour face to face conversation. If you are unable to come to Maastricht (or if you cannot meet due to corona) we can do this meeting via a video call. After this conversation, we let you know if you have been selected.
The selection procedure will be as follows:
- Introductory phone call (approximately 30 minutes).
- Job interview (approximately 2 hours). Based on this we decide the final selection.
If you apply for the academic year 2021/2022 and you are among the final selection, then:
- There is a team selection day at 27th of July. You will select your team during this day. Please keep this date free.
- You can move into your house in August.
- The project will start in September.
How will I be matched to housemates?
There will be a team selection day at the 27th of July. Here you will meet all the other participants. You will get to know each other through conversations and cooperative activities. After this day, you can tell your preference regarding teammates. We will match you as well as possible. Take in mind that with matching like this there is a chance you do not get all your preferences.
Can I choose the house I want?
No, but you do have influence. After your team has been created, you can give a preference as a team which houses you like most. We then try to match you according to your preference. We have seen that selecting the right people to work and live with are more important than getting your most preferred house, that is why we prioritize selecting your teammates above selecting your house.
Can I do a part-time job next to being part of the houses project?
In our experience it is not possible to your study, Match Houses and a part-time job all at the same time.
Can I participate in the project with my friends?
You apply individually. You will work in a team of three students. Do you want to apply together with your friends? Send in your own applications and notify us that you would like to live/work together under ‘verdere info’.