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#15 of 26 hostels in Reykjavik
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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2.8 of 5 bubbles
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Student Hostel Iceland is a hostel run by Student Services at the University of Iceland. It is only open during the summer as it is located in one of our student housing buildings and used as Student Housing during winter. The building is called Gamli Garður (e. Old Garden) and is the oldest building on campus, opening its doors in 1934. The house was completely renovated 2013-2014 with special focus on keeping the old characteristics of the house. We offer 43 twin rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. On campus we have Hama - a cafeteria, Studentakjallarinn - restaurant and bar, Boksala studenta - book store and Bokakaffi - book cafe. The hostel is located in the heart of Reykjavik, walking distance to downtown, BSI the main bus terminal and airport shuttle and also a city bus stops right outside our front door taking you to every corner of the city!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Street parking
Restaurant
Happy hour
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Room features
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Icelandic

Location

Hringbraut 29, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 84 out of 100
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Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Keflavik Intl Airport
38.1 km
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Vagobond wrote a review Jul 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We liked this hostel and while the cost was more than we pay for hotels in most countries, it was a huge bargain in Iceland. Also, having access to the kitchen, lounge, and laundry was a big budget saver. Only reason it doesn't get five stars (hostel rating - mind you, this isn't a resort or luxury hotel) is that our transfer from the airport didn't pick up or drop off here - which is kind of a bummer when you are traveling with a 10 year old and baggage. Staff didn't have any helpful suggestions and simply pointed us towards the bus station 3/4 of a mile away.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We opted for a private room with two beds, but for single travelers dorms would be fine.
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Mike M wrote a review Aug 2023
Tacoma
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great hostel. My wife and I stayed for a night - we got a double room and private bath. Fully modern with a large kitchen and common area. Would stay here again for sure. Parking was easy, and the campus is only a 10-15 minute walk from “Old Reykjavik.”
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ehsanul wrote a review Jun 2017
Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The facilities and the location of the student hostel is superb. The University of Iceland facilities and the National Museum is couple of minutes away. The Hostel Manager Valgerður Anna Einarsdóttir and her team is really cooperative. They guided us in many ways including suggestions for restaurants and souvenir shops. The kitchen has all the equipments required for an ideal living even with a family. We were given a well clean furnished room. The common spaces are very spacious and lively. Hope to visit the place again.
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Families should choose the ground floor as it's more private.
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Response from Student Hostel I, Manager at Student Hostel
Responded Jun 12, 2017
Dear Eshanul, Thank you so much for your kind words. Hosting you and your beautiful family was our pleasure! We look forward to your postcard and we hope to see you again soon. On behalf of the Student Hostel team, Vala (Valgerður Anna Einarsdóttir) Hostel Manager
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Larissa G wrote a review Jul 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Terrible customer service, and if I could I would give less than 1 Star. Seemingly trying to help, but without results. After the sheets were not changed when checkin, we offered to change them ourselves. With hesitation we received sheets to change it ourselves. Then we noticed the bathroom was also dirty upon checkin. They "cleaned" it, only for us to find out when we came back later that day that dirt had been pushed under the shower curtain. Promised compensation for the inconveniences of complaining 3 (!) Times has not been made, emails that we were told to send were never answered, and to this day we are waiting for a statement why this has happened. If you want to stay somewhere that offers basic amenities and clean rooms, turn around and look elsewhere. Good customer service is foreign to this establishment.
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Date of stay: June 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fríðrika F wrote a review Jul 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't be fooled by the nice pictures. The "Deluxe Twin Room with Private Bathroom" is definitely not "deluxe". While the room itself was large, the interior design is more "prison" than "deluxe". The bathroom still had hair in it from previous guests an the linen had lint or little dust balls on it. And as an autistic person I asked weeks before my trip, that it's very important for me, to have as quiet a room as possible. Mine was literally one of the most exposed rooms towards the highway right in front of the hostel.
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Date of stay: July 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Look at the HI Hostels in Reykjavik. They can't be worse.
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Erik wrote a review Jun 2023
Oslo, Norway
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 1 night.
when we got to the room, we noticed the beds were covered in different hairs and the bathroom was poorly cleaned. There was hair all over the floor, toothpaste in the sink, fecal matter in the toilet and fingernails on the floor.
We asked them to change the bed and clean the bathroom again.
They did, but even after that it looked just as bad, we took a piece of paper and wiped a small spot on the floor of the bathroom, and it got covered in hair and dirt.
The photos in the review is AFTER they tried cleaning the room for a second time.
After this we have tried reaching out to them via email, but they have failed to respond.
The location is the only thing this place has going for it. Steer clear if you want a clean room.
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Date of stay: June 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amanda L wrote a review Jun 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Student Hostel from 6/13/18- 6/17/18. This hostel is a great inexpensive option to visit Reykjavik. All the staff there are very friendly and helpful with any questions you have. The hostel is very clean, the rooms are spacious, there is a full kitchen and bathrooms on each floor, and there are two really comfy and cool common areas to use wifi and hang around. The hostel is located at the University of Reykjavik and is 15 minutes walking distance from downtown Reykjavik and has a bus stop right outside of the hostel. There is also a student restaurant and cafeteria if you are hungry. We will definitely use this hostel again and will recommend it to all our friends.
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Date of stay: June 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jamesTOP wrote a review Jul 2019
Paris, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly welcome, clean, comfortable beds, nice rooms (it’s a student hostel, not a palace hotel, ok?), amazing common room: I felt like a student again. There’s free (good) coffee! Walking distance from the centre.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kelechi O wrote a review Aug 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a relative cheaper option with good location (close to the University of Iceland, National Museum, "the Church". The staff are friendly and helpful. There's good music every morning in the lobby (a very good area to be) and the facilities are in very good shape.
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Toni wrote a review Jul 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Iceland is a really expensive country. This was one of the few reasonably priced accommodations we could find. For a hostel this is top notch: clean, comfortable, quiet etc. If you stay in a hotel you get your own shower and toilet, maybe a breakfast and perhaps a location near to the center of the city, but be prepared to pay a lot more money!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Fríðrika F wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look at the HI Hostels in Reykjavik. They can't be worse."
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Vagobond wrote a tip Jul 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii35 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We opted for a private room with two beds, but for single travelers dorms would be fine."
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Ehsanul wrote a tip Jun 2017
Michigan106 contributions92 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Families should choose the ground floor as it's more private."
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PRICE RANGE
C$175 - C$209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IcelandCapital RegionReykjavik
NUMBER OF ROOMS
43
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Frequently Asked Questions about Student Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Student Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Hallgrimskirkja (0.9 km), Hidden People Iceland (0.9 km), and Mink Viking Portrait Studio (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Student Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Student Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Student Hostel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Student Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Himalayan Spice, Braud & Co, and Mama Reykjavik.
Does Student Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, Student Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Student Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Reykjavik.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Student Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Icelandic.
Are there any historical sites close to Student Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Einar Jonsson Sculpture Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) (0.8 km), The settlement exhibition (0.7 km), and Videy Island (5.2 km).
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