Q: Who can apply for Student Housing?
Students at the University of Iceland can apply for Student Housing. If you paid the registration fee at the University you're a student.
You need to fulfil certain requirements. It's best for you to read the allocation rules before applying.
Q: Is Student Housing exclusively for students at the University of Iceland?
Yes, the requirements are that you're a student attending regular studies at the University of Iceland.
Q: I'm a student at the University of Iceland but my partner is not. We have children and want to apply for Student Housing, can we?
Yes, individuals applying for a family apartment need to be registered students at the University of Iceland. If you have a partner you state his/her name in the application but he/she does not need to be a student at the University.The lease agreement:
Q: Where do I sign the lease agreement?
You sign the lease agreement at the Student Housing office, 3rd floor at Háskólatorg, between 9 am and 4 pm. It's best to arrive as soon as possible after you're allocated an apartment. If you're renting a couples apartment both tenants need to sign the lease before getting the keys to the apartment. If the tenant is abroad he needs to fill out an authority form which gives someone else permission to sign the lease for him.
Q: When can I pick up and return my keys?
You pick up the keys to your apartment at Property Management, Eggertsgata 6, between 9 am and 1 pm. You return them at the same place at 10 am on the given return date. You can of course return the keys earlier if you want. If return is delayed a 3 days rent is charged for each day of the delay.
All contracts are made to end in August. Apartments can become vacant all year round and that's why some contracts are only for a few months. You can extend your contract if you fulfil the allocation requirements.
Q: How do I extend my contract?
Students get an email in April each year regarding extending the lease agreement. Tenants need to sign in to My pages on www.studentagardar.is and denote whether they'd like to extend their lease or not. Student Housing will review the extension applications when credits are given, usually around July.
Q: How do I terminate my contract?
You terminate your contract on our website. You click on "Lease Agreement" and "Termination". Note that the term of notice is three months, counting from the 1st of next month. Student Housing can accept shorter notice due to exceptional circumstances, although never shorter than one month. The tenant is always responsible for paying rent for three months if we don't find another tenant.
When you terminate your contract the apartment or room is allocated to the next person on the waiting list. However, this doesn't always happen right away so if the apartment/room hasn't been allocated again you can abort the termination of the contract.
Q: How do I know if my apartment has been allocated?
We will contact you when we have allocated your apartment and the new tenant has signed the lease.
Q: Progress of studies
Tenants at Student Housing need to complete 40 ECTS each year, there of at least 18 credits in fall semester. New applicants, that are registered at the University need to have finished at least 20 credits the school year before/last two semesters, 10 per semester.
You're on the waiting list:
Q: I'm moving down the waiting list, why's that?
It's normal to move up and down the waiting lists. You move up the list when someone gets allocated an apartment and down the list when new applications are accepted. Some applicants have priority on the waiting list (see allocation rules) and you move down the list when someone in higher priority is accepted on to the list.
Example: Studio apartment - individuals living in the capital area move down the waiting list when individuals that live outside the capital area are accepted on to the list. Family apartment - families with one child move down the list when a family with two or more children are accepted on to the list. We accept applications in the beginning of each month.
Q: I'm off the waiting list. Why?
Q: Do I need to confirm my application the same month that you accept it?
Q: I can't access my pages to confirm my application?
Q: Who do I contact if something needs fixing in my apartment?
If you have a router but the instructions don't work you need to contact the operator of the University's IT system.
Q: Can I sublet my apartment?
Q: I lost my key, who do I talk to?
Q: Can I rent the hall in the house I live in?
It depends on apartment type. In studio apartments, couple apartments and family apartments you usually get a fridge, an oven/paving stone and closets but in rooms with shared facilities and shared apartments you get a bed, a desk and a chair.
The rent at Student Housing varies depending on apartment type and location. The rent period is from the 1st of each month. You can ask Hjördís Ólafsdóttir for a breakdown at email@example.com.
Date of payment is when you should pay the bill or debt. The final due date is the last day you can pay the bill before late payment penalty and default payment is added.
Final due date +1 day– Debt collection warning is sent to your bank account.
Final due date +11 days– A call from Momentum.
Final due date +20 days– Final warning from Momentum.
Final due date +30 days– Payment appeal.
Final due date +38 days– Annulment from Gjaldheimtan.
A tenant who doesn't pay rent for January could thus need to hand over his apartment in the end of March, if nothing is done about the debt.
No, you only pay rent for one apartment at a time.
Q: I got my apartment after the lease date, do I get the days I missed refunded?
According to our allocation rules it is permissible to postpone delivery for five days without deducting it from the lease.
Q: Can I pay the rent with a credit card?
No, we do not offer tenants to pay with credit cards.
Q: Where do I apply for housing benefits?
You can apply for housing benefits on the website husbot.is. There you fill out the information needed. We recommend you have the lease by your side while filling it out, there you can find our ID, rent amount, property number etc.
Q: Where can I access amounts for my tax return?
You need to calculate your total rent amount for the year yourself. You can do that by accessing your online bank --> online statements and add together your monthly rent.
Student Housing insures what belongs to the apartment but not the tenants inventory. If tenants want to insure their inventory they need to contact insurance companies.
Q: Can I get recommendation from Student Housing?
You can get recommendation from Student Housing. We would consider noise complaints and rent payments.