Housing for Exchange, Master and non-EEA degree students

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht works with two housing organisations: SSH and Smart City Lofts, who rent out a building called The Hive. You'll find their application procedures below.

Quick facts:

  • Accommodation is in short supply and allocated on a first come, first serve basis. So apply as soon as you can.
  • Housing via these organisations is let for a fixed period of five, ten or 12 months only. 
  • SSH charges 6% taxes on top of the rental fee for any rental period under six months. 
  • You are expected to clean your own accommodation during your stay.
  • You can buy bedlinen from both organisations when you arrive.

SSH Short Stay

Have a look to check what sort of housing you can expect via SSH's dedicated HU homepage. Then apply for reserved housing in a few easy steps. Please note, registration is free. Only when you submit a reservation, you pay a fee of € 75.

To register, go to SSH Short Stay's registration website and fill in your details. SSH Short Stay will send you an email confirming your registration.

HU's International Office needs to approve your application. They check all new registrations against those accepted as international students. Once your application is approved, SSH will send you an email containing a password; you are now ready to start your search in earnest!

Log in at My SSH and find your accommodation. Take your time to find a place that suits your needs.

Once you have found your accommodation, you make a reservation and transfer your down payment. Once your down payment is received by SSH, your reservation is finalised. 

Please note: Your down payment consists of the rent for the first and the last month, the reservation fee and a cleaning fee. The down payment is non-refundable. 

Please note: By finalising a reservation with SSH, you agree to the terms and conditions Housing HU (pdf) relating to HU's outsourcing of student housing.

Changing your registration

You can change your personal details or preferred rental period via My SSH. Please note, if you change your rental period, SSH will ask HU for confirmation again.

Cancelling your accommodation

As stated in the terms and conditions Housing HU (pdf), cancellation or reduction after the start of the rental period is not permitted, apart from cases provided for by article 3.2. This means that you are responsible for the payment of the entire rental period, even if you don't use the accommodation.

The Hive

In Smart City Lofts - The HIVE, we can offer a limited number of first-floor rooms. If you are interested in one of these, please send an email to HU's International Office. We will send you a log-in code, which allows you to register with this housing organisation and apply for any available accommodation. Please note, Smart City Lofts charges a registration fee of € 25 (non-refundable).

After you have applied, we will do a final check to make sure you are indeed a short stay student at HU, and your room can be confirmed. Your reservation is finalised once you make the down payment, consisting of two month's rent and a contract fee.