Utrecht University reserves a limited number of accommodations with property management organisation Xior. Xior offers furnished private rooms in the Willem Dreeslaan residence (The Hive).

Who can apply

In order to apply you need to be eligible for the Reserved Accommodation Programme. Xior housing is available for new international non-Dutch students who enrol in the first year of an English taught Master’s or Bachelor’s degree programme per September 2019. Xior housing is exclusively available for a fixed rental period of 12 months for the first year of studies.

When to apply

Students who enrol in the first year of an English taught Bachelor's or Master's degree programme, can submit a booking request from 21 May 2019 9.00 AM Central European Summer Time (CEST) onwards. For Xior housing registration and booking opens on the same date.

The Willem Dreeslaan building (The Hive)

The Willem Dreeslaan building offers single furnished rooms. The building is situated in the Lauwerecht district of Utrecht, only about 5 minutes cycling distance from Utrecht's City Centre.

Types of accommodation

The Willem Dreeslaan building (The Hive) offers single furnished rooms. The kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with the other tenants. All the rooms have internet provided.

Average rent

The monthly rental fees start from approximately 450 euros.

Rent allowance

The rooms in the Willem Dreeslaan building (the Hive) are not eligible for the government regulated scheme called rent allowance. Read more about rent allowance.

Rental period

The accommodation is only available for a one year fixed rental period: September 2019 up to and including August 2020.


The Willem Dreeslaan building (The Hive) is situated in near the city centre of Utrecht. Follow this link for the Google Maps location.

How do I increase my chances of booking XIOR Student Housing accommodation?

The accommodation is rented out on a first come, first served basis. Once registration and booking opens you are advised not to postpone this to a later time. Still, even if you keep to the booking date, there is a chance that you will not be able to book a room. Take this in mind and also explore alternative options beforehand.

Can I rent XIOR  Student Housing accommodation for longer or shorter?  

This is not possible. The rooms in The Hive residence building is only available for a fixed rental period of 12 months and only for the first year of studies. If you are looking for accommodation for a shorter time frame, for example because you are planning to conduct research or an internship abroad, it is not possible to book this accommodation.

Does The Willem Dreeslaan Building (The Hive) offer accommodation to couples or families?

The Hive does not offer accommodation for students who bring their spouse, partner or family. If you are looking for accommodation that is suitable for a family, please read our tips and tricks that can help you find accommodation on your own.

What if I am not able to book via the Reserved Accommodation Programme?

Because the number of reserved accommodations is limited, most students have to search for a room on their own. This can be difficult and time-consuming but the right preparation can increase your chances. At Utrecht University we aim to help and inform you best we can. Follow this link for tips, tricks and important things to keep in mind during your search. Also, if you have any questions or need additional advice make sure to reach out to us!

Is your question not answered in this FAQ? Contact Xior via utrecht@xior.nl or Let us know!