Finding housing in Utrecht can be difficult and has its own typicalities. Below you can find important things to be aware of and tips and tricks on how to deal with this. If you have any questions during your search please do not hesitate to contact us.
1. Reserved Accommodation is limited and books up quick
Universities in the Netherlands do not own student housing. Utrecht University reserves a limited number of furnished rooms and studios with reliable housing providers for eligible new international students. This is called the Reserved Accommodation Programme. The accommodation part of this programme is rented out on a first come, first served basis. Because this programme does not guarantee housing, many students do not find housing this way and search on the private housing market on their own. Make sure to anticipate that you might not be able to book via this programme and consider other options before booking opens.
2. Finding housing on your own takes time and effort
Due to the high demand for student housing in and around Utrecht, finding a room or studio on your own can take up a lot of time and effort. It is important to take this in consideration and start your search several months prior to your admission. An added difficulty can be that the housemates, but also the landlord, will usually want to meet with you.
Tips & tricks:
- Suggest to attend the viewings via skype if you are still abroad
- Consider coming to the Netherlands before the start of the semester in order to attend the viewings in person
- Consider accepting temporary housing for the start of the semester from where you can continue your search to a more permanent place to stay
- Increase your chances of finding housing by also searching in surrounding towns and cities
3. Beware of scams
Unfortunately, when searching on the private housing market some people will try to take advantage of the high demand for rooms in and around Utrecht by advertising fake offers. If you are in doubt about the reliability of an offer please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.