The Utrecht Region is a very popular destination for international students, and that can mean finding affordable student housing is a real challenge. In the Netherlands, students usually do not live on campus but in student accommodations elsewhere which are typically mixed-gender. Nearly all residents have their own room, while they generally share kitchen and sanitary facilities. There are many options for arranging the type of accommodation that suits you best, but do make sure you start looking for a room as soon as your study programme is confirmed. If you are in an exchange programme or on an international course, a room may be arranged for you.
It's important to bear in mind the basics. For example, if you stay in the Netherlandsfor a continuous period of four months or longer, you must register with the local municipality (gemeente). Those staying for less than four months need to apply for a short stay permit. Be sure to check first whether your university can arrange accommodations for you. They may have arrangements with specific student housing organisations. Nevertheless, it is not mandatory to make use of the accommodation reserved for you, and availability is not guaranteed. Since places are limited and only available for the first year, it is still a good idea to explore the other available options.
Explore your diverse options to find a place to live that in the Utrecht Region that suits you. The Utrecht Region works with a number of official partners to assist you in finding the right (student) accommodation. Rest assured, our partners all meet our minimum criteria, such as having all relevant company information available in English (including website, flyers, forms etc) and agreeing to cooperate in our client monitoring project. We regularly request feedback from internationals to assess the quality of our partners' services, their identity remaining private when we share it with our partners. Adjustments will be made to our partner list as appropriate.
Check out our Online Services Map to find service providers to help you get settled in the Utrecht Region.