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General information
The Icelandic Student Services or ISS, (Félagsstofnun Stúdenta, short FS) is in charge of Student Housing (Stúdentagarðar). Its role is to offer students at the University of Iceland convenient and well-placed housing at a fair price. The housing comes in all sizes. There are one person rooms/apartments, and then there are apartments for two individuals, apartments for couples, and family apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. The student residences are: Gamli Garður, Oddagarðar, Hjónagarðar, Vetrargarðar, Skerjagarður and Ásgarðar are all on campus.  Hjónagarðar, Vetrargarðar and Ásgarðar are in Eggertsgata 2-34.  Skerjagarður is at Suðurgata 121 and Gamli Garður is by Hringbraut. Oddagarðar are in Sæmundargata 14-20. Skuggargarðar are located down town in Lindargata 42, 44, 46 and 46A.
Skógargarðar are at Skógarvegur 18-22 in Fossvogur, 2-3 room apartments. All rooms/apartments have internet connection via the University ethernet, HInet. The tenant is entierly prohibited from keeping animals, including dogs, cats, birds and rodents, for any time at all.
All applications for Student Housing are made online, on our website The application  form is under “Application” on the left margin.  Students can apply all year around, except new students. They can´t apply until the 1st of June each year. By sending in their application, students allow Student Housing to gather information about them. That is if they own housing in the capital area, that their family size is according to application, if they are a registered students at the University of Iceland and their study progress. Their credit status can also be checked at CreditInfo.
Applicants get a reference number when the application has been made. With the reference number applicants can monitor there status on the waiting lists. Between the 1st and the 5th of each month applicants must confirm that they want to stay on the waiting lists. When housing is allocated e-mails are sent to applicants which have three days to respond to it, otherwise the apartment will be allocated to the next applicant on the waiting list.
Housing allocation
Housing allocations are for one year at a time, except for Gamli Garður, the lease is from 29th of  August until 25th of May. The apartments at Hjónagarðar, Vetrargarður, and the family apartments at Ásgarðar are leased from 1st of September until 31st of August. The lease for the rooms,studio apartments and the apartments for couples at Ásgarðar and Skerjagarður apartments, is from 1st of September until 31st of August the following year. The studio apartments in Skuggagarðar are rented out from 16th of August to 15th of August. In Oddagarðar, the rooms w. shared facilities are rented from the 14th of august until the 13th of august next year. The studio apartments and couples apartments in Oddagarðar are rented from the 13th of august until the 12th of august. Allocations are made according to the Student Housing Allocation Rules. 
Lease/Rental Agreement/Fees
Having been issued housing; the applicant must sign a lease before moving in. Contracts are made for one rental period at time and are then renewed if all requirements are fulfilled.  In July each year new contracts are made, if not signed within time limits, the room/apartment will be given to a new tenant.

  • For an extra copy of the contract, tenant pays 500 ISK.
  • Processing fee for each contract period and for contract extension is 4000 ISK
  • Transfer fee between apartments is 10.000 ISK
  • Tenants that do not have a legal residence in Iceland pay insurance fee equivalent to one months rent or a minimum amount of 70.000 ISK, if the rent is lower.
  • Computer assistance - if the fault is in the tenants computer/router 3200 ISK
  • Storage of furniture (bed / fridge etc) is 7,500 ISK. Including int he price is removing the furniture, storage and returning it at the end of the lease.


The rooms at Gamli Garður (type 1-2) are furnished, but tenants can ask for a bed, desk and a chair in other apartments but pay for that 15.000 ISK in service fee.
Moving in
Before moving in, the tenant contacts the housing supervisor (Umsjónarmaður fasteigna) (or the resident in charge at Gamli Garður) for information about when the apartment/room is ready. To get the key to the room/apartment, the tenant must show his contract.  The supervisor notes the condition of the apartment/room before the tenant signs the appropriate appraisal forms.  The tenant then gets 7 days to fill out a complaint regarding condition of the room/apartment.  If no complaint is made within 7 days, we consider that tenant agrees with the appraisal of the supervisor.
Moving out
The lease automatically expires at the end of the given period as stated in the contract. Those who intend to stay longer must sign a new contract with Student Housing in the beginning of July each year.  If the tenant intends to give notice before the lease expires he must do so using the proper termination form, which is available at the Student Housing website. Student Housing reserves the right to a three months term of notice from the end of the month. The term of notice can be shortened if the Student Housing offices can find a new tenant within that time. Still, the term of notice can never be shorter than one month. The housing supervisor does an appraisal of the housing after it has been vacated and cleaned. The tenant then signs the appraisal forms and the supervisor returns the originals during the final settlement at the Student Housing offices. The settlement can not be concluded unless the appraisal form and a receipt for the last month's rent are at hand.
Tenants that do not have a legal residence in Iceland pay insurance fee equivalent to one months rent or a minimum amount of 70.000 ISK, if the rent is lower. The insurance fee must be paid before signing a lease and is fully refundable at departure if all bills are paid and no damage has been made to the room/apartment. The insurance fee is refunded with indexation.
Housing benefits
The aim of the Housing Benefit Act is to bring down the cost of accommodation for lower income tenant’s and reduce inequality on the rented property market. The local authorities administer the rent benefit system, which is financed by them and the Local Authorities Equalisation Fund. Rent benefit entitlements are calculated on the basis of rent, income, net assets and the number of dependent children. Awards and payments under the rent benefit scheme are handled by the local authorities and applications should be submitted to the local authority in the area of the applicant’s legal domicile. See how to apply for housing benefits.