Accommodation for Exchange, Master, and Non-EEA degree students

The HU works with 2 official housing organizations; The SSH and an organization that offers a building called The Hive (Smart City Lofts). Both organizations have their own application procedure. The application consists of several steps. The number of accommodation is limited and the sooner you apply, the better your chances of finding a room. It is first in, first served.

We advise students to apply before:

  • The first of June (1st/Fall semester or full academic year)
  • The first of November (2nd/Spring semester)

Housing can only be rented for a fixed period of 5, 10 or 12 months. Rental fees are between €350,-- and €650,-- per month and include electricity, water, heating, furniture, services, household insurance, cooking utilities and cleaning material:

  • Exclusive 6% taxes (SSH)
  • You are responsible for cleaning your own accommodation during you stay.
  • Bedlinen can be purchased at both organizations.


A reservation fee of € 75,- is required. You will also need to pay the first month’s and last month’s rent in advance. These amounts are non-refundable. Please note you have to pay the reservation fee and rent directly to SSH. As soon as SSH Short Stay has received these payments, your reservation becomes definite. 6% taxes have to be paid for all periods shorter than 6 months.( Full year students do not have to pay these taxes).  Rooms are available from the start of the semester/academic year. You need to agree with the terms and conditions of intermediary services as stated on the Short Stay website. Please read these conditions very carefully so you understand what the conditions are before you agree.

How to apply

1. Register
First you will have to register. Go to the homepage and go to REGISTER. Fill in your personal information. The yellow boxes are obligatory. You will have to fill in an account name. Short Stay will send a confirmation of your registration via e-mail.

2. Approval
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht must approve your application. As soon as you are accepted as an exchange student, the International Office will approve your housing application. Housing applications will be approved of once a week (Mondays) for Fall semester as from May 1 and for Spring semester as from November 1. Short Stay will send you an e-mail with a password that informs you that you can start looking for a room in our offer.

3. Log on
Fill in the username and password that you have received to log on to your account. You will now see all your personal information.

Changing your registration

To edit your personal information, or the period for which you are looking for accommodation, log on to your account. On this page you can edit your personal data. On this page you can also change the rental period. If you change your rental period, the HU has to approve your application again.

Cancelling accommodation before arrival

Cancellation or reduction after commencement of the rent period is not permitted, except for cases provided for by Article 3.2 of the terms and conditions. The student is responsible for the payment of the entire rental period.

More information

For more information such as step-by-step application instructions, rental terms and conditions, visit the SSH Short Stay website.

The Hive

To view the building go to Smart City Lofts  the Hive. In this building we can offer a limited number of rooms. They are located  on the first floor in this building.  If you are interested in one of these rooms you can send an email to We will give you a log in code. Follow the steps provided by this housing organization. After you have registered, we as  International office  will do a final check to make sure you are a short stay student of the HU.  After that your room can be confirmed.

More Information

Check the FAQ or contact us.