The campus system does not exist in the Netherlands. Students must find their own accommodation.
Utrecht, a relatively small student city, 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 University of the Arts Utrecht. Most students live in a radius of about 20 minutes (by bike) from school. Rents in Utrecht vary between € 375 to € 700 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, mostly double rooms with shared facilities.
• Landlords/ladies. Students rent one room and share the kitchen/bathroom with the owner of the house.
Finding student housing
Here are some tips and suggestions when looking for housing. Pay attention to the following aspects before deciding on a room:
• Is it a room in someone's house or will you be sharing with other tenants?
• Can you access your own room easily, or do you need to first go through someone else's room?
• Are there cooking facilities?
• Are there decent sanitary facilities?
• Does the rent include gas, water and electricity?
• Is the room worth the price? (There is a statutory points system that sets maximum rents for rooms.) Visit this Dutch website for important information on this subject: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/huurprijs-en-puntentelling
• Will you receive a proper rental contract / agreement?
Watch out for swindlers and landlords with hidden motives (very infamous real etate owners are Betty Chang and Marcel van Hooijdonk). If you have any doubt, you can contact the Huurteam Utrecht. Whatever you do, always ask for a receipt when you pay a deposit or rent.
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.
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.
All foreign students with a stay longer than 4 months must be registered at a Dutch address by September. As soon as you have found housing it is important to register at your local City Hall (BRP).
Please note: to register as an inhabitant you need to show a passport, a rental contract and a birth certificate.
Students with a stay shorter than 4 months need to register as a non-resident at the RNI desk. You will receive a BSN number after registration.Read more