The Wetsus Academy is part of Wetsus, and Wetsus is part of WaterCampus Leeuwarden. The WaterCampus is the physical core of the Dutch water technology sector. It has the ambition to play a sector uniting role for the rest of Europe as well. WaterCampus stimulates cooperation between (inter)national businesses, knowledge institutes and governments within the water technology sector. In this way we try to create synergy for world class innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, WaterCampus offers a unique research infrastructure, and is a meeting point for scientists and companies from all over Europe. Beacuse of this the international cooperation organized and stimulated by WaterCampus Leeuwarden leads to knowledge, talent and entrepreneurship that contribute to solutions for global water problems. This strengthens the global position of the European water technology sector.

Tour the Wetsus Academy building


One floor of the Wetsus building is completely dedicated to the research. The floor plan consists of almost 500 m2 laboratory, divided in analytical, biological, chemical and synthesis laboratories. All analyses in the analytical lab are being performed by a team of chemical and research analysts that can support PhD’s in their research.

Students have practical training in this lab and support PhD’s in doing research during their thesis.


Unique community

Water Technology is a global issue and attracts students from all over the world. Wetsus and Wetsus Academy have a large international community of people with a similar motive, which creates a unique atmosphere.

Researchers, students and professionals share knowledge and practice during formal and informal activities. In this way, our students get possibilities to develop themselves and build up a professional network.

The learning environment of our students is a unique one, because they are members of a huge international community while learning in a small group with a lot of individual attention. An environment with all ingredients for personal success and growth.

Unique community

A unique location

Wetsus Academy provides students not only an excellent MSc programme and an academic environment in the field of Water Technology, but it’s also a perfect meeting place for national and international scholars and professionals in Water Technology. On top of that, we’re located in the beautiful ‘Cultural Capital of Europe 2018’ Leeuwarden.


A unique location
  • Types of student accommodation in the Netherlands

    In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms. Some websites are only in Dutch so we would advise you to use the translate option in your browser or use Google Translate.

    A lot of students find a room on the private market. Check the list below for the different housing organisations or join Facebook groups. All students must have a legal address for their registration at the municipality. Non EU/EER students must have a legal address for getting a residence permit.

    In the Netherlands, you will generally be asked to sign a lease of at least 12 months and pay at least one month’s rent as a security deposit. Landlords offer (un)furnished rooms with a complete kitchen and bathroom which you share with your housemates. The rent is usually paid per month.

    Rental prices for rooms vary strongly and depend on the type and size of the room, (un)furnished, (shared or own) facilities and location. Visit for orientation and more information this site.


    How to avoid rental scams (tips from WUR)

    1. Does the offer sound too good to be true? Then it probably is.
    2. Be wary of landlords who only offer an email address, a mobile phone number or a Facebook page.
    3. Check who owns the apartment via the Kadaster property register.
    4. Talk to neighbours.
    5. Be extra careful about renting an apartment you haven’t seen. If you’re not in the country yet, can you ask someone – for example a colleague, friend or classmate – to view the apartment for you?
    6. Take your time and don’t let anyone pressure you.
    7. Deposits are legal, many other fees, such as agency fees, disproportionally high administration fees or contract fees are not.
    8. Don’t pay cash!
    9. Test the keys before you hand over large sums of money.
    10. Contact the police if you have been scammed.
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