Niels van Deuren

Niels van Deuren


“Hello, my name is Niels van Deuren. I’m the founder of, an online platform for students where they can easily find housing or rent out their room when going abroad or on exchange. After the launch of Housing Anywhere in 2009, it is now active in more than 80 countries and 900+ cities, providing students all over the world with an easy and secure method of finding or renting out their rooms during their studies.

Housing Anywhere can trace its roots back to my time at RSM. When going abroad for a study exchange in Singapore, I found it hard to rent out my student room for the five-month exchange period. Through the university’s International Office, I met an incoming exchange student who needed a temporary place. All it took was one meet-up and the deal was done. Upon returning to the Netherlands, I decided to work on the concept more, gathered a team of friends and like-minded people around me and created 

After participating in the I Will Award 2012 Housing Anywhere has continued to grow and grow. The main focus hasn’t changed: I WILL house students anywhere. The I WILL Award has helped Housing Anywhere to keep in line with the main focus and thought behind the platform. It also made sure that everyone knows what we stand for and provide.

Housing Anywhere started in my bedroom. Now it’s now located in the Start-up Villa in Kralingen. We are an international team representing around 15 nationalities that make every day a new experience. And to this day, we are working on completing that one goal: housing students anywhere.  

Niels van Deuren
Founder of Housing Anywhere, finalist at the I WILL Award 2012


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