If you have not yet found a room for the next academic year you are advised to start searching on your own as soon as possible. Arriving before the start of the semester by booking SSH' temporary summer accommodation can help to kickstart your search.

SSH Summer accommodation

If you have not yet found a room, and if your visa or residence conditions allow it, we recommend prospective students to arrive before the start of the semester. This way you can attend viewings and increase your chances of finding housing. To facilitate your early arrival, SSH offers a limited number of furnished rooms for fixed rental periods for the months July and / or August 2018. Do note that it is not possible to lengthen your stay beyond August 2018. This means that you will have to make other arrangements for after the end date of the contract.

Who can apply

In order to apply you need to be eligible for the Reserved Accommodation Programme. SSH Short Stay housing is available for Erasmus and Exchange students and new international non-Dutch students who enrol in the first year of an English taught degree programme.

When to apply

Registration and booking starts Friday 15 June 2018, 9.00 AM Central European Summer Time (CEST). Booking is on first come, first served basis. 

Please follow the instructions below if you already have an SSH Short Stay account. If you do not yet have an account, register an account for the type of residence "UU Summer Accommodations" via this link and wait for the approval of your faculty department. 

  1. Follow this link to the registration form of SSH Short Stay. Before you fill out the form log into your SSH account.
  2. When you logged into your account you can add another registration by filling out the form. For Type of Resident please select UU Summer Accommodations and submit your preferred rental period.
  3. To reserve Summer Accommodation you need to activate your new registration. Select “My information,” “Change Personal information,” “My registrations,” “Activate”. Your faculty department will now review your new registration
  4. If  your registration is correct you can submit a reservation request via SSH’ rent offer page. In the FAQ below you can find more information on how to check your registration status
  5. If you actually reserve accommodation, you pay a non-refundable reservation fee of 75 euros, a one off cleaning fee and the downpayment

If you prefer to arrive in June, or lengthen your stay to 31 August please contact SSH via shortstayutrecht@sshxl.nl to request more information about the availability.

Types of accommodation

SSH’ Summer accommodation option offers single rooms and self-contained studios. The accommodation is mostly situated in student residences with (international) students that have started their studies in the current academic year 2017 -2018. With the exception of the private studios, tenants share facilities like the bathroom, kitchen and washing machine with the other housemates.  All accommodations have internet provided.

Average rent

The monthly rental fees are roughly 425-535 euros for a single room, and 600 - 750 euros for a private studio.

Rent allowance

The accommodation via SSH’ temporary summer stay option are not eligible for rent allowance. 

Rental periods

This option is exclusively available in the months July 2018 and/or August 2018 without the possibility of lengthening your stay. The accommodation via SSH’ Summer Accommodations are available in the following fixed rental periods:

1 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
1 August 2018 – 29 August 2018
1 July 2018 – 29 August 2018

If you prefer to move in on an earlier date than 1 July or wish to stay up to 31 August please contact SSH via shortstayutrecht@sshxl.nl so they can help you check the availability.


SSH’ Summer accommodation offers a range of rooms and studios at Utrecht Science Park, the University campus and the nearby Municipality of Zeist. All accommodation is situated within travelling distance from the university.

Where can I find the status of my registration?

Registration opens on 1 May 2018. You need a correct registration in order to book on the booking date that applies to you. You can check the status of your registration if you log into your SSH Short Stay account and select My Information / Change Personal Information / My Registrations.


  • Status 'For Approval': your registration still needs to be checked by your Faculty of Studies
  • Status 'Approved': Your registration has been checked by your Faculty of Studies and is correct. You will receive a message from SSH with more information and the booking date that applies to you
  • Status 'Not Approved': Your registration has been checked by your faculty and is incorrect. You will receive an e-mail with more information on why your registration has not been approved

Do I receive a refund if I cancel my reservation with SSH Summer Accommodations?

The down payment is only partially refundable, and only when you are not accepted by Utrecht University to the programme you have applied for and cancel before commencement of the rental period. The reservation fee is non-refundable. You can find more information about the cancellation policy in the Terms and Conditions that apply to the rental contract via this link to the SSH Website.

If I find accommodation during my summer contract can I cancel the rental agreement?

Unfortunately, cancellation after commencement of the rental period is not permitted.

Can I rent SSH Summer Accommodation for longer or shorter?  

This is not possible. SSH Summer Accommodations are only available for fixed rental periods of July and August 2018.

Does SSH offer Summer Accommodations to couples or families?

SSH not offer accommodation for students who bring their spouse, partner or family. Also, room sharing is not possible. 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.

Will Utrecht University find me a room for after my summer stay?

No, you will have to continue your search for accommodation on your own during your stay in SSH Summer Accommodation. Although Utrecht University cannot find you a room, we do 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!

What if I have not found alternative accommodation by the end of my SSH Summer Accommodations contract?

Unfortunately, even if you have not found a room by the end of the contract, it is not possible to extend your stay beyond August 2018. This means that you will have to make alternative arrangements in time from where you can continue your search. Follow this link for more information on temporary housing.

Is your question not answered in this FAQ? You can find a more extensive list of FAQs on the website of SSH. Also check SSH’ page for Utrecht University students for links to the Terms and Conditions and the residence buildings. If you are seeking additional advice or information, let us know!