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Finding accommodation on your own

UvA Staff Housing

If you are not eligible for accommodation through UvA Staff Housing, or do not wish to use our service, you can look for a place on own. Here we provide a few tips and definitions to get your started.

  • Temporary guest accommodation (to be arranged by your host institution)

    Please note: only your host institution at the University of Amsterdam can make a reservation for the following two options:

    Short stay

    Hotel Le Coin (Nieuwe Doelenstraat) offers apartments for short stays. UvA guests receive reduced rates varying from €112 to €139 a night (monthly rates on request). Contact:

    Long stay

    Visiting researchers staying for a minimum 3 months may be able to get an apartment through the Stichting Gastenverblijven UvA. This foundation administers a number of apartments on the Oudezijds Kolk and Geldersekade. Monthly rents vary from €700 to €1500. Contact:

  • Social housing

    During your hunt for housing in Amsterdam, you may hear the term ‘social housing’ (in Dutch: sociale huurwoning) which refers to rent-controlled apartments. It is highly unlikely that you will gain access to social housing because the average waiting period in Amsterdam is currently 15 years.

  • Private sector accommodation

    Officially, social housing is capped at €720 a month; accommodation above that price is considered ‘private sector’.

    The private sector is usually much more expensive than social housing. In practice, there are very few apartments available below €1,000 a month and most are above €1,500 a month.

    Some private sector housing is offered through individuals, and some through housing corporations. The housing corporations have strict income requirements. You will need to earn at least four times the monthly rent to be eligible for the apartment.

    Examples of websites that list private sector rentals in Amsterdam:

  • Subletting

    The UvA has a mailing list called Private Offers, where individuals connected to the UvA can offer their accommodation for sublet. Please contact your UvA housing officer for more information.

  • What you should know about tenancy agreements
    • Ask a Dutch colleague to help you understand the tenancy agreement, so that you know the terms by which you will be legally bound.
    • Check the dates carefully on the tenancy agreement before signing.
    • You cannot terminate your agreement in the first 12 months.
    • In order to be eligible for private housing, you need to earn at least four times the amount you will be paying in rent.
    • You may be required to pay a refundable deposit of up to two months’ rent.
    • If possible, pay everything through bank transfers. If your landlord prefers payment in cash, think twice before accepting, as it may be a scam. Always request a receipt for cash payments.