Unfortunately, finding a place to live in Utrecht is not always easy. Therefore we would like to explain how finding a room in Utrecht works and what you can do.
Firstly, try to sign in at SSH. This is a student housing company with student housing at different locations throughout the city. They have a fixed number of rooms available for exchange students and internationals, but these rooms usually fill up quickly. If the latter is the case, sign up anyway. They might not have a room available directly, but the longer you are registered with them, the more likely it becomes that they will invite you to check out a room. This option is mostly suitable for students that are staying in Utrecht for more than a semester, as it can take at least three months before they invite you.
Secondly, there are a number of websites available that try to connect people with rooms available in their house with people that are looking for a room. Unfortunately, some popular websites are uniquely in Dutch. www.kamernet.nl, however, also has an English option. There are a number of options to specify your search (location, budget, size of the room etc.) and after doing so, you will get a list of rooms that suit your criteria. In order to place a reaction to a room, you need to create an account on the website. If your Dutch is ok, you can also try other websites such as www.kamertje.nl, www.kamers.nl, www.kamerutrecht.com or www.rooming.nl
These websites all work according to a similar principle. You react on a room, write something about yourself and why the room appeals to you. Afterwards, you may or may not get a reaction from the house. If you get a positive reaction, they usually invite you for a ‘hospiteeravond’. This is an evening where potential renters come to meet the house. After the hospiteeravond, they decide who will get the room. A disadvantage of these websites is that you often have to pay a fee to be able to react on posts.
There are also a number of Facebook pages aiming at connecting people looking for rooms and people with rooms available. You could have a look at:
- Find a room(mate) or house in Utrecht (kamer in Utrecht)
- Kamer in Utrecht
- Rooms/ Kamer/ Zimmer in Utrecht
- Kamers Gezocht/Aangeboden
An advantage of these Facebook pages is that reacting on a room is completely free. A possible disadvantage is that you may have a lot of competition since many people try looking for a room through these pages.
If you don’t feel like looking for a room online, try contacting a real estate agent. Real estate agents often rent out single rooms. It is also possible to rent out a full apartment, which might be a good option if you want to live together with someone.
- http://www.funda.nl/huur/utrecht/ (has an English option)
- http://maxxvastgoed.nl/ (also has an English option)
- There are many other options in Utrecht.
An advantage of renting through a real estate agent is that you don’t have to go through the hassle of ‘hospiteeravonden’ and that you are sure of your room. A disadvantage is that these rooms are often slightly more expensive than rooms that you find through direct contact, as you pay the real estate agent a fee as well.
When it proves too difficult to find something in Utrecht, you can cconsider living in a different town nearby, such as
- De Bilt
You can try to find a room in these towns through the same websites mentioned in the second paragraph. Rooms outside of Utrecht are often less expensive (although you will have to travel more to get to Utrecht).
Last but definitely not least ESN International also has a housing partners called Uniplaces. Uniplaces is an online marketplace for booking student accomodation with thousands of verified properties. Find more information about our international deal with Uniplaces here.
Good luck with your search!