By subletting your room during your stay abroad you can substantially save up on rent expenses. You can find a subletter by placing an ad on a platform like Housing Anywhere or through your own network of friends and peers.
What should you take into account?
- Always ask your landlord for permission. It might be the case that a clause in your rental agreement prohibits you from subletting the property. Also, inform your house mates that there will be a subletter
- Reach complete agreement on the period of stay, the rent (and surplus utilities like electricity, water and heating, Internet), smoking, pets etcetera. Stipulate this in a formal contract and ask the subletter for a copy of their passport. Sample contracts can be found on the website of Housing Anywhere
- Create an inventory list in which the current inventory, condition of the room, and any defects are recorded; store items that you do not want your subletter to use
Subletting platform Housing Anywhere
Housing Anywhere is an online platform where students worldwide can sublet their room to other students during their stay abroad. As a UU student you can place an ad without any costs involved by following the steps below. If you offer up your room for rent you additionally receive 20% discount if you book a room on the platform.*
- Register via this special link for UU students and activate your account. Placing an ad is completely free if you register as a UU student
- Follow this link to place an ad
- From the respondents you can choose your favorite candidate and request them to book online
- You receive the first month's rent 48 hours after the student has moved into your room
* Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the 20% discount on your booking and any questions you may have
Each year Utrecht welcomes new students from abroad for a temporary stay. During your stay abroad you could help out an international student and provide them the opportunity to experience the genuine Utrecht student life. An international roommate also has to offer a lot to your housemates. Find out by reading this DUB blog or watch this short video.