SSH is the largest student housing foundation in Utrecht. Next to SSH Short Stay, SSH also offers Regular Accommodation to Dutch and Internationals between the ages 16 and 27. SSH regular accommodation offers unfurnished accommodation to the person with the longest registration time.
Based on the date of your registration, you are assigned an SSH-registration number. The longer you are registered, the higher the chances of finding a room via SSH regular accommodation. The waiting time for SSH regular accommodation ranges from three months to over 18 months, depending on the time of the year and the location. For more information please watch this informative video by SSH.
Does it pay off to register?
If you are a degree seeking student or PhD-candidate planning to stay in Utrecht for a year or more, it is probably wise to register with SSH Regular Accommodation.
During the start of a semester, the demand for housing is very high, and even if you register with SSH upfront, it is not very likely that you will find accommodation this way on time for the start of the semester. However, some of SSH' residences require a shorter waiting time, and sometimes they have temporary projects that are more quickly available (such as temporary unfurnished rooms).
How to complete your registration
The registration fee is € 12,50. Once you have paid the fee and have been assigned a registration number, you will need to upload proof of income or proof that you are a student at Utrecht University, in order to qualify for the housing on offer. You can upload this documentation on your SSH account via ‘wijzigen’, ‘income statement’. For more information on the required documentation read the SSH website on their income requirements under the heading “All other students”.
When you have completed your admission with Utrecht University, you can request a proof of enrolment at the Student Services via StudentServices@uu.nl. This statement can be uploaded to your SSH account as proof.
Attending a viewing, or ‘hospiteren’
When you respond to a room, the top ten candidates with the longest registration time are invited to a viewing. This viewing is usually in group form, followed by a vote of the current tenants. This is called ‘hospiteren’. For more information please read our list of important things to keep in mind and watch this informative video by SSH.
Combined registration Woningnet
If you intend to stay in the Netherlands even more permanently, you can register with the regional social housing service Woningnet. SSH offers a combined registration for student housing and Woningnet. Waiting time for housing on Woningnet is usually several years.