15 July 2019 | Category: Housing

Nano, Socius

By Varsha

Namaste, I am Varsha Sethuraman from Bengaluru (Bangalore)...

Imagine coming to new country and you do not have your own place to stay! That was my start at Wageningen 🙂 As soon as I accepted my application, I simultaneously began to look for a place to stay. I have heard stories about the insufficient housing situation at Wageningen. So, I quickly registered myself at Idealis (now known as http://room.nl). It indeed is difficult to find a suitable place to live.

My ranking was always a rather large number and finding a place away from Wageningen made it rather difficult. However, I did not give up and after weeks of applying I accepted new rooms, named Nano at Dreijenplein.  The rooms are:

  • Huge,
  • Expensive,
  • Far from the University and,
  • Up the hill (Highest point of Wageningen)

Furthermore, living abroad and lesser days to move to Wageningen made the situation far more worse. However, finally I accepted the only student accommodation available to me. A 17m2 room for a hefty price of €381.75, with no subsidy and a bike ride of 12 minutes to the University.

I received my keys to Nano a 16 days after I arrived to Wageningen, since the building was still under renovation.

It is an old Wageningen Campus renovated to a student accommodation

NANO: 10-A


It is the old Wageningen campus, and a partnership between Wageningen University and Research and Socius, and is a student accommodation for both Dutch and International students. The amenities are shared (shower, toilets and kitchen) and a majority of the accommodation have a regular cleaning schedule.

The corridors, rooms and the kitchen are comparatively big. Also, if you are lucky, most corridors have a shared cabinet for cutleries, so you don’t have to pack any from home! 😉

Nano - 10A Kitchen

Nano – 10A Kitchen


What happened at Nano?

After sub-renting a couple of rooms for two weeks, I was very excited to finally move into my own place. After collecting my keys to 10A-27, the old Microbiologie department, it was rather a bit of a disappointment for me. The room was handed out in a pretty messy condition. However, the furniture is great and comfortable. In addition to this, the other student living in my corridor are great 🙂


View from the room, is also another benefit from living at Nano. Although my side of the building did not have sunlight into the room, it still smelled fresh every time I opened the window 🙂


To make living at Nano much easier and happier, most of us at the corridor will cook together or at least have one meal together. Over the weekends, there will be potlucks or parties organized.

We also celebrated Sinterklass (The Dutch Christmas), exchanged gifts and poems. After our celebrations, we decided to make our corridor memorable and colourful. So, we painted our walls with our foot and flag beside it 🙂

Post Sinterklass celebrations

However, after nine months of living at Nano, I got an opportunity to move to a better place. But, having lived at Nano was a great experience and I have met some really amazing people. We still are in touch and organized a BBQ during the summer 🙂



By Varsha

I am Varsha Sethuraman from Bengaluru (Bangalore), from the Southern part of India :) I pursue my Master's in Climate Studies
This is my first time living away from family and it has been an amazing journey so far. Will take you through most of my experiences in Wageningen.
I hope you would enjoy reading them :D

There are 4 comments.

  1. Lovely

  2. By: Srinivasa SarmaSA · 16-07-2019 at 23:28

    It is amazing. What is our own is our own experiences. Where degree ends, our experiences begin. Every experience is a real knowledge, we should assimilate. Thanks for your wonderful experience, Varsha, it has opened my eyes and shown the doors to unexplored part of world and experience.

  3. By: ANN · 05-10-2019 at 23:52

    Hi There,
    My wife has gotten an admit for MS in Biosystems Engineering and she would like to join this program. I work in other part of Europe and we have ~3 yr old, can anybody suggest an ideal housing and rental prices for a knit family housing for my wife and daughter considering my few visits? We would like to you also avail the benefit of daycare where the kid can be sent. We would appreciate if suggestions are being made for this scenario.

    Thanks in Advance!

  4. By: Shweta · 13-07-2020 at 21:21

    Hi varsha,
    I am from India and I would like to know about the scholarship options and expenses .

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