SSH rents out 13.000 rooms and residences in this student city

Everyone agrees: your time as a student is the best time of your life! But if you want to become totally immersed in the student life, you will have to live in the city where you are studying. So you will have to rent accommodation! In Utrecht, the SSH rents out 13,000 student rooms and residences, spread throughout the entire city. There is something for everyone: rooms in a large atmospheric student complex or in a monumental townhouse beside the Wilhelmina park, or perhaps even your own residence? The SSH offers all of this. Are you looking for an affordable room and a reliable landlord? Then you’ve come to the right place. Have a look at what the SSH has to rent in Utrecht.

Short Stay

International students, PhD's and UU staff members
Are you an international student or international staff and looking for a Short Stay accommodation? Several educational institutions have reserved rooms and apartments for their students and staff with SSH. All accommodations are fully furnished and are located in the vicinity of either the city centre or the educational institutions. Click on the name of your educational institution to see if you are eligible for this reserved housing!

Living as a student in Utrecht

Utrecht is well-known for its beautiful historic centre. You can go for lovely strolls along the Oudegracht with its wharf cellars, the Nieuwegracht, the Museum quarter, the Seven Streets, the Dom tower, and the many churches. There is a sense of history, but at the same time the whole of Utrecht exudes a typical student atmosphere. This is not surprising, because Utrecht has a staggering student population of 70,000. The city centre is teeming with pubs, little outdoor cafes, film theatres, coffee bars and hairdressing salons which give student discounts. In the summer, parks such as the Lepelenburg and Wilhelmina park are the ‘back garden’ for many students, where they can study or enjoy a picnic in the sun.


Utrecht University and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht are the largest educational institutions in Utrecht. The faculty buildings are mainly located in the Utrecht Science Park or De Uithof. You can study and live on this student campus. As many as 2,500 students have the time of their life here.

Utrecht University
Utrecht University is a research university with seven faculties which together cover the entire scientific spectrum of research and education. Utrecht University is one of the world’s top universities. The Shanghai Ranking places the university in nr 1 position in the Netherlands, the 16th position in Europe, and the 57th position worldwide.

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
In 2005, as a result of mergers of a few universities of applied sciences in the city and province of Utrecht, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht was realized. You can study at the following six faculties: Communication & Journalism, Economics & Management (FEM), Education (FE), Healthcare (FG), Nature & Technology (FNT) and Society & Law (FMR).

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
With more than 4,000 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, exchange, bachelor and master programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management.

Student life

During your studies it is very important to gain all your study points. In Utrecht you can find a quiet place to study in the two beautiful university libraries at Utrecht Science Park and at Drift in the city center. Perhaps more importantly, you can get very good coffee there as well!

But of course you can’t be studying all the time. If you like, you could join an association. Utrecht offers you a lot of choice; the associations vary from ‘traditional’ student associations to sports or study associations. If you are interested in culture you can take a look at the culture centrum Parnassos and of course the well-known music venue Tivoli.


If you are going to study in Utrecht, taking part in the Freshers’ week, called the Utrecht Introduction Time, is an absolute must. This is the time for getting to know the city and to make new friends. The UIT always takes place in August, just before the start of the new academic year.