Monthly rents for housing offered through UvA Staff Housing range from €300 to €1200 per month. Other housing-related expenses include administrative fees, local taxes, insurance and sometimes a refundable deposit.
Because of the housing shortage in Amsterdam, accommodation has become very expensive to rent. Making use of UvA Staff Housing is your best chance for finding affordable housing within a reasonable time frame.
The type of appointment you have at the UvA (PhD, postdoc, intern, etc.) may limit the options available to you. See below for an indication of the average rents for different types of housing. These are just an indication and may differ slightly from real-time prices.
Room in a shared apartment, furnished or unfurnished
Private studio apartment, unfurnished
Private studio apartment, furnished
Hotel room (private bathroom, shared kitchen)
One-bedroom apartment, unfurnished (for couples)
Family apartment, unfurnished (two bedrooms)
Studio or one-bedroom apartments, furnished or unfurnished
UvA Staff Housing is a service provided by the University of Amsterdam for researchers from abroad (including PhDs, postdocs, guests etc.). To pay for this service, the UvA must charge a housing fee.
The fee covers the extra expenses associated with providing researchers with a room or apartment at relatively short notice and in a difficult market. These costs cannot legally be covered by the University because it has an obligation to use its regular funding for academic purposes only.
The UvA housing fee you pay depends on the length of your stay:
|Duration of stay||UvA housing fee|
|Up to 2 months||€105|
|2 to 4 months||€210|
|4 to 6 months||€315|
|6 to 8 months||€420|
|8 months or more||€525|
The UvA housing fee covers the following expenses:
Please note: the UvA housing fee must be paid separately from the administration fee charged by the housing corporation.
Your assigned room or apartment is owned by one of Amsterdam’s housing corporations. You will be required to pay an administration fee to your housing corporation. The specific amount varies per housing corporation but will be less than €200.
Like every citizen in Amsterdam, you must pay certain municipal taxes.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for a tax exemption or a rent allowance. Read more about taxes, exemptions and rent allowance.
You are strongly advised to take out the following insurances:
Expect to pay approximately €3 per month for liability insurance and about €20 per month for fire and theft insurance. The exact amount will depend on your situation and your choice of insurer.