Housing Budget & Legal Matters

The average rent in Utrecht is higher than in most other towns and cities in the Netherlands, and may also be higher than in your home country. Anticipate the average rent for student accommodation in Utrecht before your arrival as well as the additional costs and fees.

Increase energy costs

The Netherlands has seen steep increase of Energy costs in 2022. Because of the current high costs for gas and electrics the mandatory service costs that you pay in addition to your rent can be significantly higher than in previous years. 

Average costs reserved accommodation

Average monthly rent
  • Furnished shared or private room, shared facilities: €500 - €705
  • Furnished studio, private facilities: €950 - €1100
Additional costs and fees
  • Registration fee: €0 - €50
  • Booking/contract/administration costs: €81 - €175
  • Down payment / deposit: €600 - €1000
  • End-cleaning fee: variable
  • Municipal taxes: €350 - €400 / year

Average costs housing in the private market

Average monthly rent
  • Room with shared facilities: €500 - €800
  • Studio with private facilities: €700 - €1200
  • Apartment (e.g. for a couple): €1200 - €2000
Additional costs and fees
  • (Monthly) registration fee platform or agency: Variable
  • Booking, administration or contract fee: €100 – €200
  • Agency / search assignment fee: Up to a month's rent
  • Down payment / deposit: 1 to 2 months rent
  • Flooring, curtains, a bed and other furniture (usually arranged by tenant)
  • Municipal taxes: €350 - €400 / year

Affordable options are scarce

All offers part of the UU Reserved Accommodation Programme, especially with lower rent, book up very quick. More affordable options on the private market are also very popular and therefore scarce. You usually compete with numerous interested candidates for the accommodation.

Being able to afford the costs does not guarantee you the accommodation

In addition, for reserved accommodation specific requirements need to be met and availability is limited. Private landlords may also impose additional requirements such as proof of income or a rent guarantor. Because of this you should take in account that being able to afford the costs does not guarantee that you can reserve the accommodation.

Costs, fees and requirements

When calculating your housing budget there are several costs and fees you should take in account. Below you can find more information about costs and requirements.

Legal residence and city registration

If you are staying for more than four months in the Netherlands, you are legally required to go to the city council and register as a new resident. This is a mandatory procedure irrespective of your nationality or purpose of stay. Not all landlords allow registration. This may be, for example, because they do not have the correct permit to rent out the accommodation.

City registration and health care

You require a registration with the municipality on a legal address, documented by a proof of tenancy such as a rental agreement, for access to health care, a General Physician, and the Dutch vaccination programme. Because of this it is very important to search for legal housing where registration is possible.