Utrecht University reserves a limited number of rooms with property management organisation XIOR Student Housing in The Hive residence. Because the rooms are very popular, anticipate that you might not be able to book this way. So also explore other options before booking opens!

Who can apply

This accommodation is only available for international degree seeking students who enrol in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme per September 2019 and are eligible for the Reserved Accommodation Programme. If you are unsure if this applies to you make sure to reach out to us before booking opens!

When to apply

Booking for the next academic year 2019-2020 will become possible some time in May 2019. More information on how and when to apply will follow on this page.

Types of accommodation

The Hive building 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 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 Hive is situated in near the city center 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 Hive building 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!

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