Students in Utrecht
Photographer Michael Brunek, copyright UU

To successfully find a room in Utrecht it is important to start searching early. To make sure you can attend the viewings and ‘hospiteeravonden’ you could also consider coming to the Netherlands early and find a temporary housing, from where you can continue your search for more permanent accommodation.

You could for example sublet a student room in the summer by searching housing platforms and social media, or you could book temporary accommodation by exploring the following options:


Stay Okay Hostel

There are several hostels in and near Utrecht. StayOkay is a quality hostel chain, and offers a discount of 10% to Utrecht University students and their friends and families in the hostels mentioned below: simply enter discount code UU when booking online.

The hostel StayOkay Utrecht city center also has a long stay programme with special rates (depending on availability). The UU discount code is not valid for the long stay programme. Booking request for the long stay programme can be done at the hostel (Neude 5, Utrecht), via phone +31 (0)30 75 01 830 or email: or online via their website.

StayOkay hostels in and near Utrecht are:


Other affordable hostels  are:


Temporary accommodation and city registration

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months to study, you are legally required to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town in which you are living. In order to do so, you need, among other things, a legal Dutch address, documented by a tenancy agreement, contract of sale of your home, or your landlord’s permission. You can read more on city registration on this page.

IMPORTANT: Please note that if you require a visa and/or residence permit you are legally required to register with the city as soon as possible after your arrival. Make sure to take this in consideration when you are looking for housing, as not all (temporary) accommodation allows you to register at the municipality.

Stay Okay Utrecht Centre
Stay Okay Utrecht Centre, copyright StayOkay