Utrecht has the housing problems of any major city in Europe. This means that not everyone can live in the city centre close to the buildings of HKU. Most students live in a radius of about 20 minutes (by bike) from school. Rents in Utrecht vary between € 375 to € 700 per month. However, due to a shortage of student housing, it is not uncommon to pay more than €1000 per month.
These are the most common types of student housing:
- Students houses where each student has their own room and you share the bathroom and kitchen.
- Student housing with single or shared rooms and shared facilities.
- Landlord or host family. Students rent one room and share the kitchen and bathroom with the owner of the house.
What is hospiteren?
Hospiteren is a system used in many Dutch student houses to find a new housemate. Current occupants invite people responding to their advertisement for an introduction. The housemates then decide which person would best fit in their home. Generally you will be asked a number of questions about your hobbies, education, sports or other habits.
Be yourself and ask questions as well. It is an excellent opportunity to find out if the room and housemates suit you.
Please check the ISIC website for tips and information on hospiteren.
Did you find a room? A rental agreement will offer you some protection and is binding for both parties. Without a rental agreement you basically have unofficial accommodation. This will give problems when you attempt to register at City Hall. This can also have negative consequences for your residence permit and your HKU enrolment.
Hospi Housing revives the concept of homestay by connecting (international) students to local hosts and guest families. Hospi Housing offers personal advice and helps to find the perfect match.
You can sign up for free, search on the platform and chat with hosts as long as you like. When you find a room, Hospi Housing charges a one-time fee equalling 50 percent of the first month’s rent.