Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application procedure

Exchange students Spring 2021

After the approval of your application for an AUAS exchange programme, you will automatically receive an email inviting you to apply online for student housing.

When will the housing invitation arrive for Spring 2021?

Exchange students second semester 2020-2021 (February - July 2021):

  • Monday 16 November 2020*
    Email with announcement housing procedure and link to housing portal
  • Wednesday 18 November 2020 8.00 am (CET)*
    Start time housing application in housing portal

*might be subject to change due to corona crisis developments

First come, first served

Respond to the housing invitation as quickly as possible! Rooms are limited, so it is important to act fast. Apply right away: do not wait until your study or course enrollment has been finalised or your visa procedure approved. If you wait it might be too late to secure housing through the AUAS.

These 6 steps will guide you through the AUAS housing service:

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

  • AUAS policy regarding exchange students
  • Cancellation and refund policy 2020-2021
  • Late arrival after the start of the semester

Check your email for the invitation to apply for student housing for Spring 2021

You will receive an email from on the email address you provided in your exchange application. 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 with your AUAS-ID

You should have received your AUAS-ID in a separate email. You need to activate your AUAS-ID first before you can access the housing application form. Please contact or if you have not received this.

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.

Application deadlines

You need to apply as soon as possible, as we work on a first come, first served basis.

Your chances of receiving a room offer will significantly decrease the longer you wait. Apply right away: do not to wait until your study or course enrollment has been finalised or your visa procedure approved. If you wait it might be too late to secure housing through the AUAS.

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 have received the offer, it is important to proceed with step 5 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.

End dates

We will try to give as many exchange students as possible an earlier end date than 13 August 2021, taking the AUAS academic calendar into consideration. When you have the option to choose between several rooms in the booking platform of the housing provider, make sure you choose an end date which suits the academic calendar of your study programme. If you are not sure of the end date of your study programme, please contact your international office.

Unfortunately, some housing end dates will be before the official end of the semester when available rooms run out. If you get a room offer with an earlier end date, we recommend that you find a hostel for the remaining days of the semester.

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:

  • 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
  • 1 or 2 semester rental period
  • Gender (in shared accommodation)
  • 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 25 February 2021