Are you leaving Utrecht for a few months to study abroad or to do an internship? Why not offer your room as a temporary sublet to an international student!
You can advertise your room on the website of Housing Anywhere.
Housing Anywhere is a student-to-student housing platform where students from participating universities worldwide can sublet their room to other students during their stay abroad. You can place an advert, free of charge, and international students who are looking for a temporary place to stay in Utrecht can respond.
Subletting your room this way does not only give you the benefit of saving up on rent expenses while you are studying abroad, it also helps an international student the opportunity to find temporary accommodation and experience the genuine Utrecht student life.
An international fellow resident has offer a lot to your housemates. Find more information about the benefits on the DUB blog or watch this short video.
What should you consider?
- 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 subtenant
- Make clear agreements about the period of stay, amount of rent (and surplus utilities like electricity, water and heating, Internet), smoking, pets et cetera. Stipulate this in an agreement. Sample contracts can be found on the website of Housing Anywhere.
- Ask your subtenant a copy of their passport.
- Create an inventory list in which the current inventory, condition of the room and any defects are recorded; store away items that you don’t want your subtenant to use.
Other ways to advertise your room are for instance an advert in the online university magazine DUB, through an housing agency or room rentals website, or you can try to find a subtenant through your own network, among friends or study pals.