If you have not yet found accommodation for the next academic year, or if you have arranged housing per a later month in 2019, we strongly advise you to arrange a temporary place to stay in advance. Utrecht University reserves a limited number of places in temporary accommodations for the first month of the academic year for new international students. On this page you can find temporary options that are reserved by Utrecht University for new international students per September 2019. Application is on first come first served basis.

Stayokay City Centre (Hostel)

The Stayokay hostel is located in the heart of Utrecht’s City Centre. Through the UU arrangement you are able to book for a fixed period of 28 nights at a discount rate. This arrangement includes breakfast. Application is now open and is on first come first served basis. Application closes 1 August 2019. After 1 August please apply through the regular Stayokay website. Click here for more information. Note that other conditions may apply.

You could apply for the reserved temporary arrangement up to and including 1 August 2019. After 1 August please apply through the regular Stayokay website. Click here for more information. Note that other conditions may apply.

Type of accommodation

Stayokay is a quality hostel that also functions as a bar, a restaurant and a lounge area. The Stayokay hostel arrangement offers bunkbeds in six-person en-suite dorms (single gender). Stayokay additionally offers social activities that are specifically arranged for UU international students that stay in September. Please know that, due to Dutch health and safety guidelines, it is not possible for guests to use the kitchen. This means it is not possible to cook your own dinner during your stay. The hostel does however offer an inhouse restaurant and breakfast is included in the arrangement.

Booking period

The arrangement offers a 28 night stay. The check-in date is 28 August 2019 (as of 15.00pm), the check-out date is 25 September 2019 (before 10.00am).

Costs

This arrangement is offered at a discount rate of 660 euros including Wifi for all your devices, including sheets and daily breakfast. This arrangement is excluding tourist tax (6%).

Cancellation

You can cancel your reservation without additional costs up to and including 31 July 2019 by contacting Stayokay via utrecht@stayokay.com. Please use subject “Cancellation UU-allocation”. If Stayokay does not receive a cancellation request before 1 August 2019, your credit card will automatically be charged. Once your credit card is charged the booking has become final and non-refundable. Please understand that the booking is personal and cannot be transferred to someone else.

Location

The Stayokay hostel is situated right in the City Centre. The hostel is surrounded by several shops, bars and restaurants. Follow this link for the location in Google Maps.

Privacy

Please understand that you would share a dorm with 5 other international students for the full 28 nights (single gender). For more information on how to book a private room via Stayokay with a discount for UU students please see the FAQ.

Study spots

Because the hostel and its restaurant are quite popular, students will not always be able to find a quiet place to study in the hostel lounge. It is good to know that Stayokay is in close proximity to the University Library, or use the UU study spot locater for an overview of the study spots in UU buildings.  

I do not have a credit card, can I still book this arrangement?

This arrangement can only be paid via VISA or MasterCard. If you do not have a credit card or wish to make a bank transfer via IBAN you can book via the regular booking site of Stayokay. Do not wait too long to make a booking as rooms usually fill up quickly! Note that different Terms and Conditions may apply to regular bookings.

Do I receive a refund if I shorten my stay?

Once you have made the payments on 1 August 2019 the booking has become final and non-refundable. Please be aware that if you shorten your stay or if you do not use the accommodation after you have made the payment you do not receive a refund. The booking cannot be transferred to someone else.

Can I also book for longer or shorter, or for different dates?

The reserved arrangement is only available for the fixed check in date of 28 August and check out date of 25 September. If you wish to stay beyond this date, please ask Stayokay about the possibilities on arrival or mention it in your application form. Subject to availability, you can also book with Stayokay for shorter periods via their website. UU students and their friends and family benefit from a 10% discount on regular short stay bookings, simply use the UU discount code during your booking. Note that different Terms and Conditions may apply to regular bookings.

Can I also book a private room?

Yes, Stayokay also offers private rooms, however the reserved arrangement does not offer these. Private rooms can be directly booked, subject to availability, via the website of Stayokay. The 10% discount for UU students also applies to private rooms. Note that different Terms and Conditions may apply to regular bookings.

Is your question not answered in this FAQ? Check the Stayokay website or contact them directly.

Star Lodge (Hotel)

The Star Lodge is located close to Utrecht’s City Centre and Utrecht Science Park. Through the UU arrangement you can book for a fixed period of 1 to 4 weeks with the option of room sharing. This arrangement includes breakfast. Application is now open and is on first come first served basis. Application closes 1 August 2019. After 1 August please submit a reservation request through the regular Star Lodge Hotel website, note that other conditions may apply.

You could apply for the reserved temporary arrangement up to and including 1 August 2019. Now that application has closed please submit a reservation request through the regular Star Lodge Hotel website, note that other conditions apply for regular bookings.

Type of accommodation

Star Lodge Hotels is a sustainable hotel with green surroundings. The hotel offers a bar and lounge area, a bike rental service and parking facilities. The rooms in The Star Lodge Hotels are suitable for one or two people. All rooms have a walk-in shower, a separate toilet, free WiFi and a Smart TV. This arrangement includes breakfast. Take in account that the hotel does not offer a lunch or dinner menu, and does not have kitchen facilities.

Sharing option

On your application form you can indicate if you wish to share the room to reduce the costs. This can be with another applicant (so an international student) or a friend or family member. Starlodge chooses to only match individual students of the same gender. If you wish to share the room with a friend or relative, gender is not taken into account. If you wish to share the room with another applicant please be aware that this depends on availability. A match is therefore not guaranteed. For the nights that you cannot share the room the costs are 75 euros per night. This option is only possible for students who applied in time for the reserved temporary arrangement. This does not apply for regular bookings once the application has closed.

Booking period

This arrangement is available as of two check in dates: 29 August and 30 August. You can book the arrangement for 7, 14, 21 or 28 nights.

Costs

This arrangement can be booked for 75 euros per room per night including breakfast and including 6% tourist tax. If you apply for this arrangement with another student, friend or family member the costs are shared, so 37,50 euros per person per night. If you wish to be matched with another applicant please be aware that this depends on availability and this cannot be guaranteed. For the nights that you cannot share the room the costs are 75 euros per night. Note that other rates may apply for regular bookings.

Cancellation

You can cancel your reservation without additional costs up to and including 31 July 2019 by contacting Star Lodge Hotels via backoffice@starlodge.nl. Please use subject “Cancellation UU-allocation”. If Star Lodge does not receive a cancellation request before 1 August 2019, your credit card will automatically be charged. Once your credit card is charged the booking has become final and non-refundable. Please understand that the booking is personal and cannot be transferred to someone else.

Location

Star Lodge Hotels is situated in very close proximity to Utrecht’s City Centre and Utrecht’s Science Park, De Uithof. Both the City Centre and Utrecht Science Park are just a 10 minute bike ride away and have a good bus connection to the hotel. Although the city centre is within easy reach, there are also two restaurants next to the hotel. Follow this link for the Google Maps location.

Privacy

Please be aware that although the walk-in shower is connected to the room, there is a curtain that can be drawn for extra privacy (please see photos below). Of course the beds will be separated if the room is shared. If you have indicated that you wish to share a room with another applicant, Star Lodge Hotels will aim to match you to another international student (same gender). As this depends on availability, there is no guarantee that you can share a room.

Study spots

With the exception of breakfast hour (10.00-11.00), the hotel's lobby is usually a quiet area where you would be able to study. Still, the hotel is also in close proximity to the University Libraries, or use the UU study spot locater for an overview of the study spots in UU buildings. 

I do not have a credit card, can I still book this arrangement?

No, this arrangement can only be paid via credit card.

Do I receive a refund if I decide to shorten my stay?

Once you have made the payments on 1 August 2019 the booking has become final and non-refundable. Please be aware that if you shorten your stay or if you do not use the accommodation after you have made the payment you do not receive a refund. The booking cannot be transferred to someone else.

Can I also book for longer or shorter, or for different dates?

The reserved arrangement is only available for the fixed check in dates of 29 August or 30 August and 7, 14, 21 or 28 nights following. Subject to availability, you can also book with Star Lodge Hotels for shorter periods via their website. Note that different Terms and Conditions may apply to regular bookings.

Is your question not answered in this FAQ? Check the Star Lodge Website or contact them directly.

RCN Het Grote Bos (Bungalow cottages)

RCN Het Grote Bos is a holiday resort and camp ground in Doorn, nearby Driebergen. Through the UU arrangement you can apply for a shared or private room in one of the bungalow cottages in the park for the first four weeks of the academic year. The arrangement includes a provisionary weekday bus shuttle from and to Utrecht Science Park (once in the morning and once in the late afternoon, free of charge). Application is possible as of 1 August 2019.

  1. Fill out the RCN application form and indicate your room type preference*
  2. As of 1 August you can send the application form to StudentServices@uu.nl in a message titled “UU-allocation RCN”
  3. Subject to availability, you will receive a reservation confirmation via e-mail
  4. Full payment must be made upon arrival via debit or credit card

*Please be aware that allocation is on first come first served basis. A second and third preference is optional, but would increase your chances of placing a reservation. For an overview of the room types, costs and cancellation policy please see the practical information.

Type of accommodation

The rooms are in two bungalow types: Beukenrode and Sparrendaal. The bungalows are fully furnished and each have one small private room, one large private room and one shared room (two separate beds). Please download this document for an overview of the room types. The living room, bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared with three other international UU students.

Booking period

Rooms can be booked for a fixed period of 31 nights. The fixed check-in date is 30 August 2019, the fixed check out date is 30 September 2019.

Costs of the arrangement

The following costs of the rooms are per person from 30 August to 30 September and include sheets, WiFi and tourist tax. Each bungalow has three room types. Please download this document for an overview.
 

  • Bed in small private room: 445 euros
  • Bed in large private room: 495 euros
  • Bed in two-person shared room: 365 euros

Location and public transport

RCN Het Grote Bos is located on Hydeparklaan in Doorn. There is a bus stop within walking distance and the nearest train station is Driebergen-Zeist. In the centre of Driebergen (5-10 minutes by bike) you can find several large supermarkets and shops. Utrecht Science Park is roughly 45-50 minutes traveling distance by bike or public transport. Utrecht’s City Centre is roughly 50-60 minutes traveling distance by bike or public transport.

Weekday transport service

On Monday to Friday there is a provisionary shuttle bus service for UU students. This weekday service will facilitate an early morning pick up (before rush hour) at RCN Het grote Bos and will head in the direction of Utrecht Science Park. In the late afternoon (after rush hour) this bus service will take you from Utrecht Science Park to RCN Het Grote Bos. This service is free of charge. More information will follow for applicants. Note that the shuttle service is provisionary. It will be cancelled if too few people use the service.

Park facilities

The park offers a launderette, a small convenience shop (limited opening hours), a cafeteria and a restaurant. Because RCN Het Grote Bos is a holiday park, they also offer entertainment facilities free to use as a guest such as an outdoor pool, table tennis, football and basketball field. Follow this link for a virtual tour around the park.

Cancellation policy

If you wish to alter or cancel your reservation make sure to contact us via StudentServices@uu.nl as soon as possible but before 20 August 2019. Note that once you have made the payments the booking becomes non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Can I also book this arrangement as a couple or with my friend(s)?

Yes this is possible, this depends on availability. If you wish to reserve with a fellow new international UU student, or if you arrive as a couple from abroad make sure to let us know when you apply. Bear in mind that the private rooms are single person only, and the costs for shared rooms are per person.

Do I receive a refund if I decide to shorten my stay?

Once you have made the payments on arrival the booking has become final and non-refundable. Please be aware that if you shorten your stay or if you do not use the accommodation after you have made the payment you do not receive a refund. The booking cannot be transferred to someone else. Due to safety regulations it is very important that you inform the park about your early departure.

Can I extend my stay beyond 30 September 2019?

Initially, the reserved arrangement is only available for the fixed check in date of 30 August 2019 and fixed check out date 30 September 2019. More information will follow on application for an extended stay up to the fixed check out date 11 October 2019. Note that it is not possible to extend your stay beyond 11 October 2019.

Is your question not answered in this FAQ? Make sure to let us know.

Other temporary options

The Utrecht region offers a wide variety of other temporary accommodations as well. Do take in account that you need to reserve this in advance! Searching for temporary housing for August 2019? SSH Short Stay currently has limited availability on Utrecht Science Park and University College Utrecht for one month, August 2019, only. Note that it is not possible to extend your stay beyond August 2019.