Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. It houses the largest and most prestigious university in the Netherlands. A large number of schools and educational institutions and more than 70.000 students. An impressive 20% of its population are students!

Utrecht is a beautiful and inspiring urban setting that nurtures talent and creativity. It’s a dynamic, growing city that is characterised by a personal, human scale and offers myriad opportunities to those ready to grasp them. The city has a bustling student community made up of many different student organisations and societies. Last, but not least, Utrecht is an intelligent city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions.

Thanks to the help of a young, talented workforce and a citywide programme to create a sustainable society, Utrecht was recently voted the most competitive region in Europe.

Universities and schools

Utrecht University

Is one of the world’s top universities. The Shanghai Ranking ranks the university number one in the Netherlands, 16 in Europe and 57 globally. According to the Times Higher Education Ranking the university is in place 68, the highest position of any Dutch university. The university has 7 faculties. Read more about Utrecht University.

University College Utrecht

Is the international Honors College of Utrecht University. Read more about University College Utrecht.

University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Utrecht)

Is a knowledge institution that through top quality education and research focuses on innovation and professionalization of business practice and the development of talent. In doing so it contributes to the social, cultural and economic development of an open, just and sustainable society. Utrecht University of Applied Sciences has 21 institutes. Read more about University of Applied Sciences.

HKU Utrecht School of the Arts

With around 3,500 students, the Utrecht School of the Arts is one of the largest art and culture-oriented universities of applied sciences in Europe. Read more about the Utrecht School of the Arts.

TiasNimbas Business School

TiasNimbas offers innovative, international management programmes and the unique opportunity to study for British and international MBA and Master’s degrees. Read more about TiasNimbas Business School.

The Marnix Academie

The Marnix Academie is a specialist university of professional education which focuses on teacher training for primary education. Marnix Academie offers 2 international programmes in English that are open to exchange students: humanities and special educational needs. Read more about the Marnix Academie.

Utrecht Summer School

The Utrecht Summer School is Europe’s largest academic summer school. The programme offers a broad selection of over 200 academic courses in virtually all disciplines on bachelor, master and PhD level. Read more about Utrecht Summer School.

Tio university of applied sciences - Utrecht

Tio offers a variety of bachelor programmes and vocational training courses in the fields of hotel management, event management, tourism, business and marketing. Read more about Tio Utrecht.

Finding student housing

  • Find student housing in Utrecht
    Tips and tricks for students on how to find housing in Utrecht.
  • UU - student housing
    All information on student housing for the UU, University of Utrecht.
  • HKU - housing
    All information on student housing for HKU, University of Arts Utrecht.
  • HU - student housing
    All information on student housing for HU, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
  • SSH - student accommodation provider
    The SSH is the student accommodation provider in the Netherlands with more than 19,000 rooms and residences in the regions of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Maastricht, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Zwolle and Groningen.

Other useful Links

  • International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region
    The International Welcome Centre helps international students start their new journey in the Netherlands. Arrange all the formalities and make a free appointment to visit the information desk to get answers to the questions you may have about studying and living in Utrecht Region. And don’t forget to pick up your free welcome bag filled with information and goodies!
  • UIT (Freshers' week)
    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 making new friends. The UIT always takes place in August, just before the start of the new academic year.
  • Study in Holland
    Study in Holland is the starting point for all international students who are considering Holland as a study destination.
  • Huurteam Utrecht
    Stands for fair rental prices, proper housing and respectable landlords.
  • ESN Utrecht
    ESN Utrecht is a student organisation for international students in Utrecht. By going to ESN activities you can make new friends and get to know Utrecht and its culture.