International Student Housing Assistance
We are a joint association by three student organizations in Utrecht: Erasmus Students Network Utrecht (ESN), VIDIUS and BoKS.
ISHA is a collaboration that has been established to protect the rights of Short Stayers (exchange students, master students and employees) renting a room of SSH for a short period of time. ISHA is independent of SSH. Even tough the main goal of ISHA used to be representing tenants’ rights and to improve the housing conditions of Short Stayers, over time the aim has spread to all international students in Utrecht that have questions in any way related to housing.
A bit more background on the organizations involved:
ESN is a non-profit international student organisation, active in 525 local sections in 40 countries. ESN Utrecht organizes all kinds of things for international students coming to Utrecht.
VIDIUS is the students union in Utrecht, mainly concerning the quality of studying and overall living of students in Utrecht.
BoKS is a union of tenants of the largest Utrecht student housing association, SSH. SSH Short Stay is part of SSH.
The ISHA board consists of one member of each of these organisations.
What do we do?
If you have any problems with your the SSH or your landlord and you feel that your complaints are not treated correctly, you can ask help from ISHA. We can advise you and discuss your complaint with SSH or refer you to the right address for help. VIDIUS offer legal advice for all students so for disputes with your land landlord you will often be referred to them.
Furthermore, we will try to answer any questions you have regarding your housing situation. So even when it is not necessarily a complaint, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Secondly, we conduct a survey about international student housing in Utrecht once a semester. This survey helps us to monitor the current housing standards for international students in Utrecht. You can find the current survey here.
At the end of the year the results of the two surveys will be combined and we will write a report highlighting the main problems regarding international housing. This report will be discussed with the SSH and higher education institutions to see what can be improved for the next year
What don’t we do?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you any rooms or help you finding one. If you need a room go to www.sshxl.nl or ask the university. You can also have a look at this page, for more information about finding a room in Utrecht.