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What you need to know

Student housing in Amsterdam is difficult to find. The UvA can offer a limited number of rooms to roughly half of the newly incoming international students. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of getting a room.

Am I eligible for UvA student housing?

UvA student housing is meant as a 'soft landing' in the Netherlands. This way, students who have just arrived and do not know Amsterdam yet, instantly have a place to stay for the first 1 or 2 semesters.




The requirements for eligibility: 

  • You are a first or second year student (started in 2020-2021) that has not been to Amsterdam yet (Bachelor/Master/Exchange)
  • your study programme is taught in English
  • your previous education was outside of the Netherlands
  • you currently don’t live in the Netherlands
  • you are (conditionally*) accepted to your study programme

The processing time of study applications can differ per faculty. Keep in mind that when applying (late) for a study programme, your study application might not receive the status ‘conditionally accepted’ in time for the housing application. The housing department works on a first come, first served basis and does not prioritize students when their faculty has a long processing time.

Priority for students who started their studies online in 2020-2021

Students who started their studies online in the academic year 2020-2021 and who are still in their home country will be given the opportunity to apply for UvA Housing with priority. This means that these students' applications are handled before those of new first year students.

The Executive Board of the UvA has made this decision based on the fact that these students have already started and invested time and effort into their study programme. Additionally, they have experienced a very challenging year during this COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, UvA believes it is important to assist this group of students so they can continue their studies successfully when they arrive in Amsterdam.

This decision unfortunately means there will be fewer rooms available for newly arriving first year Bachelor and Master students. We therefore strongly advise first year students to prepare for finding accommodation independently, next to their UvA housing application. Don't underestimate this, finding a room in Amsterdam can be difficult but it is not impossible if you start early.

We will pay extra attention to informing students on how to find housing independently. To this end, 2 webinars will be hosted soon in which tips to find housing will be shared, and in which students will have the opportunity to ask questions. More information about the webinars will be published here.

NB: Students that started in the academic year 2020-2021 who are already in the Netherlands or who already received housing through the UvA-even if they cancelled their contract during the academic year 2020-2021, are unfortunately not eligible to apply for UvA Housing.

Students with AES, ASTS or AMS scholarships

Students who are granted an Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES), an Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship (ASTS) or an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) and want to use the UvA Housing Service have priority for accommodation. However, when applying late for the housing service, it is possible there are no longer rooms available.

When can I apply for student housing?

Applications are now closed for students coming to UvA for the Fall semester of the academic year 2021-2022.

The application form

The application form becomes active at the above start time that applies to you. The moment you finalize (by paying the UvA housing fee) and submit the application form will determine your position of entry in our records. In other words, the applications are handled in the order in which they are received. You will be considered eligible for a room only after you have finalized your application.  

For more information, check the application procedure webpage.

Why are there different start dates for the housing application?

UvA International Student Housing has approximately 3000 rooms. We have two target groups for housing:

  • Degree-seeking students (Bachelor’s or Master’s students who started in 2020-2021 or who are starting in 2021-2022)
  • Exchange students  (1 semester or full year)

The application for both groups is on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to students who started their studies in the academic year 2020-2021. Besides this, in accordance with the International Office of all faculties, students who don't have a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationality, receive priority over those that do. This is because students from outside these regions are required to have a Dutch address to maintain their residence permit in the Netherlands.

How long can I stay in housing provided by UvA student housing?

All student housing contracts have a fixed rental period, with a maximum of one year. Students will get a rental period (1 or 2 semesters) as shown below. Renting for the entire fixed period means that you will be required to pay the rent up to and including the last date of your contract.

Type of study programme Maximum duration rental contract Rental period*
Bachelor's 2 semesters 20 August 2021 – 15 August 2022
Master's (1 & 2 years) 2 semesters 20 August 2021 – 15 August 2022
Exchange 1 semester 1 semester 20 August 2021 – 31 January 2022
Exchange 2 semesters 2 semesters 20 August 2021 – 15 August 2022

* Rental contracts of some buildings have different end dates in summer due to renovations and housing of Summer School programmes.

Shortening or extending the UvA student housing contract

It is not possible to shorten or extend your rental contract, or get a rent reduction for late arrival or early departure.

If you want to stay in Amsterdam after your housing contract provided by UvA housing ends, you will need to search for housing independently. The room you stayed in is needed again for a newly arriving international student. Please be aware that finding accommodation in Amsterdam after this period can still be very complicated. For more information, check out the webpage on how to find a room independently

Cancellation policy

It is not possible to cancel your housing contract, unless you terminate your enrolment or in case of significant personal circumstances.

Read more about our cancellation policy on the webpage Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I use UvA Housing if I have a disability?

Yes, students with a disability can contact the International Student Housing Office to discuss their housing options.

Make sure that you have a medical statement from your doctor with information as to why you have specific needs for your housing. UvA Housing requires that you upload the statement in your application.

If you do not contact UvA Housing well in advance or apply for housing late, it will be difficult, or even impossible to meet your housing needs.

Can I use UvA student housing if I am younger than 18 years old?

Yes, most of the housing providers accept students younger than 18 years old. In some cases, they will ask your parents/legal guardian to sign the rental contract with you.

Why can’t the UvA help every student with accommodation?

Amsterdam is a very popular place to live. Students (Dutch and international), as well as many others are looking for places to stay, and therefore affordable housing is scarce.

In this tight housing market, UvA International Student Housing has a limited number of rooms (approx. 3000 units) reserved, which can accommodate roughly half of the newly incoming international students every semester. This means that the other half must find a place on their own.

Don’t underestimate this, it often takes weeks or even months to find suitable accommodation. It is not a smart idea to just start searching when you arrive in Amsterdam for your studies. Therefore, we encourage everyone to start in time, and look for accommodation independently, even if you also applied for the UvA housing service.

For more information, check out the webpage on how to find a room independently.

Terms and conditions

If you would like to use the UvA student housing service, please be aware of our terms and conditions. In short, they state:

  • Accommodation is not guaranteed
  • Your housing contract is for a fixed period
  • It is not possible to extend/shorten your contract
  • You will only receive one housing offer
  • The UvA housing fee is non-refundable
  • You agree with all additional costs associated with renting a room
  • You agree that we store and use your personal data for a maximum of 3 years
  • You agree that we share your personal data with a housing provider
  • It is not possible to request a specific location or building

In addition, please make sure you have read the full terms and conditions before finalizing your online housing application form: