Locations to include
Many students want to live in Utrecht, and areas such as the historic city centre are in high demand. Because of this, Dutch and international students quite often choose to live in neighbouring towns, municipalities or cities.
Broaden your search to increase your chances
Most neighbouring towns are within cycling distance, but they also have good access to public transport via train, tram and/or bus services. Overall, broadening your search by also considering accommodation outside Utrecht can seriously increase your chances of finding housing.
Towns, cities and areas to include in your search
Woerden, Driebergen, De Bilt, Zeist, Houten,
Bilthoven, Stichtse Vecht, Bunnik, Maarssen,
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Amersfoort, Nieuwegein, Hilversum, Culemborg,
Gouda, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Rotterdam,
The Hague, 's Hertogenbosch.
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Get around by bike
The Dutch government cares for safe cycling tracks separated from the road. This makes the Netherlands a bike-friendly country. Because cycling is a healthy, affordable and sustainable method of travelling, many students living in the surrounding municipalities and towns prefer to commute to the city and the university by bicycle. No matter the weather!
The towns, cities and municipalities in the surrounding Utrecht area have a good bus, tram and/or train connection. If you expect to frequently travel with public transport in the Netherlands, it could pay off to take out a discount subscription with the Dutch Train Service, see season tickets on the website of the NS. Or travel by the Dutch bus, tram and metro services, see the 9292 website for season tickets.
Approx. travel time from Utrecht Central Station by tram or train:
|5 - 10 minutes|
Bunnik, Houten, Bilthoven, Maarssen, Driebergen, Woerden
|15 - 20 minutes|
Utrecht Science Park, Nieuwegein, Amersfoort CS, Hilversum CS, Gouda, Culemborg
|30 - 35 minutes|
Amsterdam CS, Arnhem CS, 's Hertogenbosch
|35 - 40 minutes|
Rotterdam CS, The Hague CS
To get a sense of the travel time to other areas you can also consult the Dutch Public transportation website 9292.