Practical information


Housing is scarce in Utrecht. For our international students, Utrecht University has an agreement with SSH Short Stay. Housing is not guaranteed, but if you apply in time you have a good chance getting accommodation.

> More information about housing and application procedures.

Bring Your Own Device

If you are taking any computer-based classes, please bear in mind that you might be expected to bring your own laptop. As a UU student, you'll have access to practically all study software via your own laptop, free of charge, wherever you are.

Read all about BYOD.

Visa, residence permit and city registration

Some students will need a visa and/or residence permit. If so, we will inform you and guide you through the process, after you have been accepted.
All students need to register with the city where you live. We will help you do this after your arrival in The Netherlands.

> More information about visa, residence permit and city registration.

Health and insurance

If you study in The Netherlands you are required to have health insurance.

ICT Services

University email, schedules, results and other important information are provided through our digital services.

> More information about the ICT services.

Living expenses

Cost estimates per month in Euro (€):




€ 400 - 800

Living expenses (food, clothes, public transport etc.)

€ 350 - 450


€ 40 - 100

Books / Study material

€ 65 - 85

Visa & permits (depends on nationality)

€ 0 - 300 (once)

Other expenses (bicycle, trips, bed linen etc.)

€ 500 (once)

> More information on money matters.

Student card

Every registered exchange student receives a personal Utrecht University student card. You need this card to take exams and to use the library.
> More information about how to apply for a student card.

Academic buddy programme

International students who come study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Utrecht University can sign up to be matched with a buddy.

Academic Calendar

UU Welcome Week

The International Office invites all exchange students to participate in the UU Welcome Week at the beginning of the semester!

> Read more.

Do you want to know more?

On the University wide website you will find more detailed information about arriving, studying and living in The Netherlands and Utrecht.