When I arrived in Utrecht, I must say that I was very lucky with my housing situation. I was able to nail a "reserved accommodation" room from SSH, which is part of a limited amount of furnished rooms that the University books for their international students. I booked it in April, to start my studies in September. And it was one of the last ones.

A lot of the exchange students you will meet, will do kind of the same thing. If you want to stand out, here are some tips!

Spending a semester abroad is one of the best things you can do in your life. You’ll see and do a lot of new, fun things and you’ll make friends from all over the world. The ‘abroad experience’ is different in every country and in every city. Nonetheless, there are always a few very recognizable types of international students you come across with. Have you met one of them already?

While studying abroad, among the other priceless possibilities that lie before you, the
chance to make lifelong friends from around the world is one of the sweetest. Afraid to end up all alone and wondering how you get those friends? Fortunately, many people are interested in new friends, just like you. So heads up, find them and show that you are one of them!

As the Intro week is at its apex, it can be nice to remind to all of you who just arrived – and why not, also for you long time Utrechters or Utrechters-wannabe like who’s writing – why choosing this city as your destination was possibly the best life choice you could have asked.

So, you made it, you’re going to Utrecht!! You’re excited and ready to have a blast. But chances are you haven’t shared a house or a room with other people for a few months to a year before- especially not with people you don’t know and with backgrounds potentially vastly different to your own. Perhaps you haven’t even lived away from your family yet.