Get to know the team behind Studentrooms

Our mission

We want to help you find a student room, anywhere in the world. Free of charge. We won’t ask you to subscribe to a plan that costs you upwards of €35 a month to be able to respond to listings made by a fancy agencies. Why not you ask? Well, because studying on itself is already very expensive and we believe your money is better spent on books, than on subscriptions to find student housing. The only thing we ask you to do is to register an account on our website, so you can respond to all of the student rooms that are put up for rent. Found an awesome student room? 

That’s great news! Get in contact with the landlord to schedule a viewing, and if the accommodation fits your requirements, then it’s time to move in and use the the money you’ve saved on a great house warming (or furniture of course).

We are your digital space to find a living place. We want to make it easier for students and landlords to get in contact with each other. Not only in the Netherlands, but worldwide. Our goal is to become the platform you’re thinking of when it comes to student housing.

Meet the team behind Studentrooms

Wanting to change the world for the better, Studentrooms’ team is here to help you out. If you have any question about any part of the process or website, don’t hesitate to ask!

Mark Pelder
Mark Pelder
Head of Digital
Mark Pelder
Head of Digital
Willard Berends
Willard Berends
Head of Public Relations
Willard Berends
Head of Public Relations
Philip Kambakhsh
Philip Kambakhsh
Account Manager
Philip Kambakhsh
Account Manager
Joop Stolle
Joop Stolle
Account Manager
Joop Stolle
Account Manager

History of Studentrooms

The idea for Studentrooms started as an idea back in 2013 when Mark was studying International Business and Management at the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen. This is a very popular course for people from all over the world, which meant there were a lot of cultural differences between the students, but there was one thing in common: they all found it hard to find a student room in Groningen. Most websites that offered rooms were specifically targeted at Dutch audience and this led to Dutch students helping foreign students finding a student room for a small financial compensation. This is where the idea of Studentroo.ms was born. Mark thought interational students should be able to find a room with the same ease and for the same price as Dutch students could find them. The first version of Studentrooms launched around january 2014, but Mark felt he was lacking experience in web development and design, so Studentrooms was on hold until Mark felt he had sufficient experience to develop the website. With Studentrooms always in the back of his head, he started working as an online graphic designer to gain the experience he needed. In March 2018 Mark felt he gathered enough experience and started developing the website for Studentrooms. During this time, Willard joined the team as head of public relations. This allows Mark to focus on the platform, while Willard focuses on the human aspect of Studentrooms.
July 25, 2013
The beginning of Studentrooms
The domain studentroo.ms was purchased and a logo was designed.
July 25, 2013
March 5, 2014
First website launched
In the beginning of 2014 the first version of Studentrooms was launched.
March 5, 2014
August 28, 2014
First property on the website
It took a while, but half a year after going live, the first property was published on the website. It was a student room in Edinburgh.
August 28, 2014
October 20, 2017
Willard joins Studentrooms
Willard joined Studentrooms as head of public relations in October.
October 20, 2017
April 17, 2018
Philip and Joop join Studentrooms
Joop and Philip, both two students at the time, joined Studentrooms because they believed in the potential of the platform and thought it was a good idea to help students out with their housing needs.
April 17, 2018
January 1, 2021
Studentrooms 2.0
In the beginning of 2021 we released our new and updated platform with more functionalities and better performance than we had before.
January 1, 2021

Read from our blog

In our blogs we hope to inspire you and to keep you up to date with tips and tricks on how to find student housing around the world. We also share good and cheap recipes and other helpful tips about living on your own. Don’t want to get this serious? Then read our blogs about fun activities to do while you’re studying abroad!

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In the end it’s not about us, but it’s all about you

We started Studentrooms because we were unhappy with the state of the housing market in Groningen. And we’re trying to fix it. The team behind Studentrooms wants you to find a student room without having to pay a single Euro. We also don’t want you to get scammed or screwed over, so please let us know if you run into any trouble. We’re here for you. This is what your fellow students said about us.

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