Housing is scarce in Utrecht. For our international students, Utrecht University has an agreement with SSH Short Stay. Housing is not guaranteed, but if you apply on time you have a good chance of getting accommodation. 

More information about housing and application procedures.

Some students will need a visa and/or residence permit. If so, we will inform you and guide you through the process, after you have been accepted.
All students need to register with the city where you live. We will inform you how to do this after your arrival in the Netherlands.

More information about visa, residence permit and city registration.

If you study in the Netherlands you are required to have health insurance.

University email, schedules, course results and other important information are provided through our digital services.

More information about the ICT services.

Cost estimates per month in Euro (€):

Expense Cost
Accommodation € 400 - 800
Living expenses (food, clothes, public transport, etc.) € 350 - 450
Insurance € 40 - 100
Books / Study materials € 65 - 85
Visa & permits (depending on nationality) € 0 - 300 (once)
Other expenses (bicycle, trips, bed linens, etc.) € 500 (once)


Every registered exchange student receives a personal Utrecht University student card. You need this card to take exams and to use the library. When you visit attractions where there are discounted prices for students, you need to show your student card as well.

More information on how to apply for a student card.

International students who come study at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University are matched with a ‘buddy’ who is enrolled in at least one of your selected courses.

The International Office invites all exchange students to participate in the faculty orientation at the beginning of the semester, you will receive information about the orientation before your arrival in the Netherlands. 

Do you want to know more?

On the Utrecht University website you will find more detailed information about arriving, studying and living in the Netherlands and Utrecht.