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) and private studios in the Rotsoord Residence.

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 and how to apply

You can submit a booking request from 21 May 2019 9.00 AM Central European Summer Time (CEST) onwards. Xior housing registration and booking opens on the same date. More information on how to apply will be published on our website.

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.

The Rotsoord building 

The Rotsoord building offers furnished private studios in the Rotsoord district of Utrecht. Utrecht’s City Centre as well as a shopping centre, cafés and restaurants are within walking distance.

Types of accommodation

Xior offers single furnished rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities in the Willem Dreeslaan building. The Rotsoord building offers furnished studios with a private bathroom and kitchen. All the rooms and studios are furnished with a single person bed, matras, wardrobe, desk and chair.

Average rent

The monthly rental fees are roughly 450 - 550 euros per month including utilities for a single room in the Willem Dreeslaan building, and up to 875 euros per month including utilities for a private studio in the Rotsoord building.

Rent allowance

If you are 23 years or older and also meet the other individual requirements such as contract duration, Xior’s private studios in the Rotsoord building are eligible for the government regulated scheme called rent allowance. This means that you can possibly benefit from a cost reduction off your monthly net rent of up to 350 euros per month. The single rooms in the Willem Dreeslaan building are not eligible for rent allowance. Read more on rent allowance.

Rental period

The accommodation is exclusively available for a one year fixed rental periods:

  • Willem Dreeslaan rooms: 2 September 2019 – 17 August 2020
  • Rotsoord studios: 16 August 2019 – 12 August 2020


Both the Willem Dreeslaan building and the Rotsoord building are situated near the City Centre of Utrecht. Follow this link for the Google Maps location of the Willem Dreeslaan and this link for the location of the Rotsoord building.

How do I increase my chances of booking XIOR accommodation?

The accommodation is rented out on a first come, first served basis. Once booking opens on 21 May 2019 9.00 AM CEST you are advised not to postpone this to a later time. Still, even if you keep to the booking date and time, there is a chance that you will not be able to book. Take this in mind and also explore alternative options beforehand.

Can I rent XIOR accommodation for longer or shorter?  

This is not possible. The accommodation via Xior 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 Xior offer accommodation to couples or families?

No, the rooms and studios via Xior are not suitable for couples, children or families.

Am I allowed to bring my pet?

The Reserved Accommodation Programme does not offer accommodation that is suitable for pets.

What if I am unable to book via the Reserved Accommodation Programme?

Because the number of reserved accommodations is limited, most students have to search for housing 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!