Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application procedure

Bachelor/Master Spring 2021

Degree seeking students (bachelor or master) who started their studies online in September 2020 and intend to come to Amsterdam in the Spring 2021 semester (February-July 2021) can apply for housing.

Deadlines to apply for housing Spring 2021:

  • Submit your interest form as soon as possible (open until further announcement and depending on available rooms)

You can rent accommodation through AUAS Housing for one semester: from 27 January 2021 up to 13 August 2021*. It is unfortunately not possible to extend your rental contract after this semester.

Before you register, make sure to inform yourself about our housing service. Have a look at the webpages about the types of rooms & locations and the costs of housing. Please note that the availability of enough rooms cannot be guaranteed. This depends on the numbers of students who apply.

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

How to apply?

These 8 steps will guide you through the AUAS housing service:

Please see our coronavirus information page for the current situation on:

  • Cancellation and refund policy 2020-2021
  • Late arrival after the start of the semester
  • Quarantine information

You can apply for housing if:

1) you are an international student
2) currently not living in the Netherlands
3) your study program is taught in English
4) your previous education was outside of the Netherlands

AUAS Housing will check your eligibility.

Are you an exchange student? Please check the application procedure here.

When can I apply?

The interest form is now available until further announcement and depending on available rooms. If you are interested and eligible for student housing, click on the link below and fill out the form.

The housing office unfortunately does not have any information about online education in the Spring 2021 semester. Please check with your study program for this.

Interest form - housing for Spring 2021

We will check your details once you have submitted the interest form. At this point, your application is not complete yet.

Check your email a few days after submitting the interest form:

You will receive an invitation email from with a link to start your housing application in our housing portal and pay the housing fee.

We recommend to add to your 'safe senders' list of your email account. is a 'no-reply' email address.

Clicking on the link in the invitation email will take you to our online application form.

Accessing the application form

Log in with your AUAS-ID (this is not your student number but a 5 or 6 lettercode).

In the application form you will be asked to choose a monthly budget category. Base your choice on the information about budget categories, room types, other housing costs and the cost of living in Amsterdam.

Requesting a specific housing provider, location or building is unfortunately not possible.

First come, first served

You need to apply as soon as possible. Your chances of receiving a room offer will significantly decrease the longer you wait. We understand these are uncertain times at the moment with an unpredictable virus, but if you wait it might be too late to secure housing through the AUAS. Check our cancellation policy here.

Once you have completed the form, you will automatically be sent to the online payment page. Follow the instructions for paying the AUAS housing fee. You can pay in euros by either a credit card or by PayPal. Other payment methods are unfortunately not possible.

After submitting your housing application and paying the AUAS fee, check your email daily to find out if you have been selected for student housing at one of our housing partners. This can take some time. Once you have been selected, you will first receive a message from After that, you will receive an offer from either booking platform or one of our other housing providers, to book a room within a given time frame. Check your spam folder!

It can take several days to a few weeks before you will receive a room offer, as this process is quite extensive. Therefore, not all students will receive a room offer on the same day, nor will it necessarily be in the same order as students applied. However, once you received the offer, it is important to proceed with step 6 as soon as possible.

Deadline to respond

  • If you receive a room offer, follow the instructions to confirm (you cannot change the room or location offered).
  • You will be given a very short time frame of a few days to book your room. Make sure you respond immediately or as soon as you can to the room offer! If you fail to respond by the given date, you may lose the room. The AUAS housing fee will not be refunded in this case.
  • Be aware that many students are booking a room at the same time. So the availability can decline rapidly, even in the given booking time frame.
  • You will only get one chance to reserve a room. If you miss this offer, you will be put back at the end of the waiting list.

Your room reservation is confirmed once you make your first payment to the housing provider. Instructions for making this payment will be provided by the housing partner. This initial payment can be a significant amount of money, as it will include administration costs, the first month's rent, and often a deposit.

Please note that:

  • Room reservations are final. You cannot change rooms after you have made the reservation.
  • If you cancel a reserved room we will assume you are no longer interested in AUAS student housing. You will not be offered another room.

Normally, we offer a pick-up service on specific arrival days from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam, with full service and an official welcome. Due to the corona measures in the Netherlands, we unfortunately cannot organise this service.

Off course, we would still like to give our new international students a warm welcome. We will organise alternatives to ensure you will experience a soft landing in Amsterdam. Keep an eye on our arrival website, which will be updated regularly with new information.

Upon arrival website

What happens if I don’t get a room offer?

If you are not offered a room because student housing is already full, your name will be added to a waiting list. There is a chance you will be offered a room at a later date, but in the meantime we recommend you look at the tips for finding housing independently.

Available rooms will be offered to students on the waiting list, but not all applicants exercise their option to book their room or cancel their room. The room will then be offered to the next match on the waiting list. This means the waiting list remains open, so that rooms might become available again.

How do I know where I am on the waiting list?

We can't give your exact place on it, as there are several factors:

  • Time on the waiting list
  • Budget category
  • Gender (accommodations with roommates)
  • Availability of rooms

What can I do while on the waiting list?

Keep looking, and if you find a place by yourself, contact immediately so we can remove you from the waiting list and refund the AUAS housing fee.

Published by  Student Affairs 23 November 2020