HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor and master programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Humanities (2)



HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor's and master's programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management.

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. HKU maintains contact with almost 200 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. Almost 20% of the students come from outside the Netherlands. Foreign students can attend HKU as a regular student, an exchange student in programmes such as Erasmus, a bilateral exchange programme or as an MA, MPhil or PhD student.


HKU is in the midst of society. We deploy applied research to enable us to focus on developing creative and technological solutions for, for example, healthcare, education, the cultural sector and the design of public spaces.

The aim of these research projects is to contribute to the further development of the fields of work for which we are training students.

Many of our research projects are on the cutting edge of various disciplines.

Research within HKU is classified under six professorships and four centres of expertise.


Student services

HKU Student Service Centre (SSC) offers support and provides information on what you will need to arrange for your study here. Procedures differ slightly depending on your length of stay and which study you plan to follow.

Housing services

The campus system does not exist in the Netherlands. Students must find their own accommodation.

These are the most common types of student housing:

  • Students houses, where each student has their own room and you share the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Student housing, mostly double rooms with shared facilities.• Landlords/ladies. Students rent one room and share the kitchen/bathroom with the owner of the house.

Library services

HKU has four library and information services, each with its own specific collection. Students can use all facilities upon presentation of a valid student ID card.

The HKU libraries include a large number of special collections and catalogs. Besides books, magazines, articles and final papers (theses), you can find all kinds of music and theater scripts.

ICT services

HKU has an extended wireless network which is accessibla at all locations of HKU. Furthermore the network can be accessed by means of Eduroam.

Medical services

Where can you get medical care when you need it. If you can't find the information you need, you can contact the Student Service Centre.

Student Life

Campus life


  • Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan
  • Lange Viestraat
  • Mariaplaats
  • Janskerkhof
  • Hilversum
  • Oudenoord

The city of Utrecht is located within 30 minutes from Amsterdam and a few hours from major cities in Europe, like Paris, Berlin and London.

Art, history and student life

Utrecht has a rich history and is home to a great many monuments – ranging from Roman times through the Middle Ages to 20th-century architecture. The canals that are lined with wharf cellars and inviting terraces, old churches and naturally the impressive tower of the Dom cathedral add to the city’s ambience. Students make up a large part of the population of Utrecht, which offers all the facilities that could be expected of a true student city.