Utrecht, with approximately 350,000 inhabitants, is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. It is centrally located, very lively and offers all the advantages of a large city. Utrecht has long been a highly popular place to live, work and study, and as a result, accommodation is in high demand.
You will be housed in one of the student residences or in some cases in hotels. The student residences are located throughout the city.
All accommodations are situated within easily accessible distances from the various educational institutions located in Utrecht (in general not more than 30 minutes by public transport). The accommodations are in the University centre, the Science Park (Uithof), in the city centre or in its suburbs. You should count on spending approximately €3-5 per day on public transport travelling from your accommodation to your course location.
The student residences are fully furnished and include crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, cleaning materials and bedding. Internet is available via WiFi. The rooms are single rooms with a shared kitchen and shared bathroom.*
The rooms in hotels are double rooms and are equipped with: shower, toilet, television and WiFi. Your roommate will be a student of the same gender.
* Please note that in rare cases (in case of a late payment and a shortage of single rooms) you might be placed in one of our spare student double rooms or a double hotel room.
Most of the student cafeterias are closed during the summer. However, in your residence kitchen you will find everything you need to cook a nice meal and enough space to store some groceries. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on food (three meals, snacks and coffee/tea or other refreshments).
The hotel rooms do not have a kitchen. But students who are housed in hotels get discounted meals in several lunchrooms, cafés and restaurants in the vicinity.
There are no standard combinations of specific courses and student accommodations. The housing of students of each course depends on the duration of the course and its number of participants. You won’t know which residence you will be staying in, until the day of your arrival.
Generally, housing is provided from the weekend before the course starts, until 10 AM on the last Friday of the course. In case your course ends on a Thursday, your lodging is still available until Friday. It is not possible to stay longer in the accommodation. You need to make your own arrangements if want to stay in Utrecht longer.
Upon arrival, you can pick up your room key and further instructions about your stay and your course(s) from the Utrecht Summer School Central Office, located at Janskerkhof 30 in Utrecht. The office is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00h until 18:00h. After you receive your key, you can proceed directly to your accommodation. Please note: in 2018 there will be no key pick-up on Saturday, June 30. If your course starts on Monday, July 2, you can pick up your key and move into your accommodation on Sunday, July 1.