Renting roomsStart looking in plenty of time and do that in Utrecht, as far as possible. Search online, put up notices and register with housing organisations.
> See our tips for finding a room
Rental agreement and registering with the municipality
Once you have found a room, make sure you get a rental agreement. This has a number of advantages:
You can register with the municipality where you will be living. In Utrecht, you need to register with Loket Burgerzaken (Civil Affairs).
You are entitled to rent protection, so you can't be evicted without good reason, for example.
If you don't have a rental agreement, then you can't register with the municipality. NB: this can have implications for your study financing. For international students, this can have implications for your residence permit and your enrolment at HKU.
You will find useful information on rental agreements on the Rijksoverheid (central government) site. You can download a standard rental agreement at Kamer.nl for example.
Registration for students from the Caribbean NetherlandsIf you come from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Maarten or Sint Eustatius and will be living in rented rooms in the Netherlands, you need to deregister from the PIVA (Personal Information Provision Netherlands Antilles and Aruba) population register. Bring your proof of deregistration with you to the Netherlands. You will need it to register with the municipality where you will be living.
> Read more about deregistering with PIVAs (in Dutch)