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Locations and room types

The student rooms are located in over 20 different off-campus buildings spread across the city. These buildings are owned and managed by housing providers who have a partnership with the UvA. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available.

Exterior at Bijltjespad

What sort of rooms are available at UvA student housing?

There are three room types available:

  • Shared bedroom with shared facilities
  • Private bedroom with shared facilities
  • Private bedroom with private facilities (some are suitable for couples)

Rooms within a room type may be different, but the basics of the rooms remain the same. All of our rooms have basic furnishing.


How do I indicate which room type I want?

Room types are linked to four monthly rent budget categories. When filling in the housing application form you need to enter a budget category. Before you choose a budget category, inform yourself about the costs of UvA student housing.

What type of room can I expect in each budget category?

Room types Private bedroom Private facilities Budget category
Shared room No No 1
Private room with shared facilities Yes No 1, 2, 3
Private room Yes Yes 3, 4
Couples room Yes Yes* 4

* Some have shared facilities

  • Budget category 1: < €410 per month. Shared rooms or small private rooms with shared facilities. Shared rooms are suitable to share with a friend.
    • In a shared room there are two separate beds which you share with another student of the same gender. In most cases, the kitchen and bathroom are situated inside the room, and there is no separate common room. Roommates are not matched by age or study programme. You and your roommate will have to make agreements on basic household rules.
    • Applying for a shared room with a friend: You can sign up with a friend who is also eligible for housing. You and your friend must both write this down on both your housing application forms after choosing budget category 1. You will both receive a separate contract and pay the rent separately.
    • In a small private room with shared facilities you have your own bedroom and you share a kitchen and bathroom with 2-20 other students. The kitchen and bathroom will in a common room/hallway. It is not possible to sign up with a friend.
  • Budget category 4: €600 - €850 per month. Larger private rooms with private facilities, some are suitable for couples.
    • In a private room with private facilities you have your own room or studio (container), including your own private kitchen and private bathroom. The more expensive rooms in this category are generally larger than the other rooms, and some have a more decorated and/or contemporary interior, or include sports- or entertainment facilities within or around the building.
    • Applying for a private room as a couple: You can apply with your partner (student / non-student), together. Only one of you needs to fill in the housing application form, choose budget category 4 and apply for a couples room. The rental contract will be your name, but your partner can also register at the address with the municipality.

What are the UvA student housing locations?

The UvA does not have a big campus where all the rooms are located, but we have over 20 different off-campus buildings throughout the whole city. The student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential neighborhoods.

The maximum travel time from the housing locations to the UvA’s campuses is for Dutch standards relatively low: about 45 minutes. Most locals travel by bike or public transport. Check the 9292 route planner (for public transport) or Google Maps to find your way in Amsterdam. If you would like to learn more about the different areas check our page on different neighborhoods in Amsterdam.

It is not possible to request a specific location. All students are assigned randomly to rooms within their budget category. Location and budget category are not linked. Student housing in a higher budget category is not more conveniently located than that in a lower budget category.

Find more information about Amsterdam neighborhoods, the public transport system and the locations of the University of Amsterdam.

The towers at Rode Kruislaan in Diemen

Who will be the housing provider that sends me a housing offer?

UvA international student housing has partnerships with multiple housing providers:

The rooms are owned and managed by the housing providers but reserved by the UvA for our international students. UvA housing will forward your information to one of the housing providers, and they will send you the room offer. The UvA also uses the platform for students to book their rooms.

Non-regular housing option The Student Hotel Amsterdam West

The housing application has an option to indicate if you are interested in the non-regular housing option: The Student Hotel Amsterdam West.

If you prefer a more campus-style feeling and more service, The Student Hotel (TSH) is a good option. The Student Hotel Amsterdam West offers luxury, fully furnished rooms with a flat-screen TV, a private en-suite bathroom, and a shared kitchen. Facilities include a 24/7 reception, free laundry, gym access, bike rental, and monthly cleaning and housekeeping. The monthly rent is a maximum of €800 a month, depending on the total duration of the contract.

UvA housing can give 90 students a priority booking code for The Student Hotel Amsterdam West. The first 90 students who apply for this option in the housing application form will be guaranteed a room at The Student Hotel Amsterdam West. This will also be the only room offer you will receive. If this option is fully booked, your application will be handled like a regular UvA housing application.

The start date of the TSH contracts will be 1 September 2021, which is about 2 weeks later than the regular UvA housing contracts. The end date of the contracts at Student Hotel Amsterdam West will be either 30 June, 15 July, or 31 August 2022, depending on the room. Therefore, this option is not available for 1-semester exchange students. The rental period cannot be ended early and cannot be extended.

For more information, you can visit the Student Hotel website. Once you are offered a spot in Student Hotel Amsterdam West, you will receive an email from us with a priority booking code. Please do not contact TSH, and do try to book a room before that time.