Campus life

University College Utrecht is more than a place to study: it is a truly international community. Students are encouraged to take part in a wide array of social and cultural activities, organised by more than 40 student clubs and committees. They all come from different backgrounds but share the experience of living and studying together. If you are invited to study with us you are also offered a room on campus. Housing is guaranteed.

All first and second year students and most of third year students live and study on campus. The main building is College Hall, where the staff works. The classrooms are in three lecture halls, called Locke, Newton and Voltaire, each with designated study areas and rooms for tutors and lecturers.

The campus has a restaurant and a café, social and cultural areas for students, a meditation room, and sports facilities. As University College Utrecht is part of Utrecht University, students may also use the University sports centre and other facilities. You can take a look around some of these areas using our virtual campus tour map linked below.

An Overview of our Facilities
Virtual campus tour

Students live in residence halls that spread over the campus. Each hall is divided into units for 6 to 12 students. Within the mixed-gender units, students have their private rooms and share a living-room, kitchen and one or more bathrooms.

Student Associations

The University College Student Association (UCSA) strives to enrich the non-academic life of all students with social and cultural activities. It consists of 40 committees and clubs that organise activities, workshops, performances, parties and trips throughout the year.

The year on the Board has given direction for my future.

The UC Student Council is an elected body that represents the students’ opinion in all academic, governance, and policy matters. The six Council members work together with teachers, staff members, and students on improving the quality of education at University College Utrecht.

Civic Engagement

The Town and Gown team connects the University College to the city of Utrecht.

All students are encouraged to engage with our local, regional and national communities, as well as those further afield. Some forms of engagement are:

  • Town and Gown is an initiative that strives to promote global citizenship through civic engagement and strengthen the relationship between the University College and the city of Utrecht. If you are a civil society organisation or otherwise interested in collaborating, please contact Town and Gown, email:
  • The Cultural Cookery is an annual event in which students voluntarily take total management of a restaurant in Utrecht. The profit of the income is donated to a charity.
  • Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together business and motivated student leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for not only those in need but for all of us. University College Utrecht has been a part of this global team since 2013 with numerous projects that are committed to using the power of social entrepreneurship in order to bring about results for real world challenges.

Campus Relocation Project

In 2021 the possibility of relocating University College Utrecht to another campus was raised. At the start of 2022, UCU prepared a vision document based on input from the UCU relocation working group, the Management Team, and a student-led survey, describing the ambitions and connections between the UCU organisation/community and its future location. UCU's residential character was heavily illustrated throughout the document, as it is part and parcel of its educational vision. 

The process for campus relocation is ongoing, and we are working hard on finding a suitable new location. No decisions have been made as of yet and therefore we can not give an exact timeline of if and when University College Utrecht will relocate. However, we can assure that students accepting their offer for Fall 2024 can finish their degree on the current campus.