Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application procedure


After you have registered for an AUAS programme (exchange/bachelor/master), and if you are eligible for housing, you will automatically receive an email inviting you to apply online for student housing.

When will the housing invitation arrive for the study year 2020-2021 ?

Bachelor/master programmes starting in September:

  • Wednesday 17 June 2020

Exchange students semester 1 2020-2021: *CANCELLED*

  • Unfortunately, all inbound exchange programs for Fall 2020 have been cancelled or will take place online only. Exchange students will not receive a housing invitation. Please refer to the AUAS coronavirus information page for more information.

Exchange students semester 2 2020-2021:

  • More information expected in October 2020.

Please note: All international students who are eligible for housing, will receive an invitation for housing. Receiving this housing invitation does not mean that you have been (conditionally) admitted to your study program or that your study enrollment is approved. The housing department has no information about your study program admission progress.

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

The following 7 steps are important if you want to arrange housing through the AUAS housing service:

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

  • Cancellation and refund policy 2020-2021

  • Availability of rooms second semester 2020-2021

  • Late arrival during the first semester 2020-2021

AUAS Housing is meant as a 'soft landing' in the Netherlands. This way, students who have just arrived and do not know the Netherlands yet, instantly have a place to stay.

You are eligible for our housing service when:

  • You are an international student starting your first year of a full time English-taught* degree programme (bachelor/master) and
  • You did not receive housing through the AUAS or Oncampus in the past
  • You currently do not live in the Netherlands

*Please contact us if you are an international student starting a Dutch-taught degree programme. We cannot guarantee housing for you but we will try to assist you, depending on availability.

If you meet the conditions above, you will automatically receive an invitation to our housing portal. If your situation is different, you can check with to find out if you are eligible for AUAS student housing.

Check your email

You will receive an email from on the email address you provided in your study application in We recommend to add to your 'safe senders' list of your email account. is a 'no-reply' email address.

You will find a link to the housing application form in the email of June 17th 2020.

The speed with which you 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. Only after you have finalized your application, you will be considered eligible for a room. To find out exactly what you need to do, check our housing website thoroughly for the procedure and how to finalize your application.

Register with other housing websites

AUAS student housing is available for a maximum of one year.

If you decide to stay in Amsterdam for longer than one year, we strongly advise you to register also already on and . These platforms work with a waiting list.

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 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 received the offer, it is important to proceed with step 6 as soon as possible.

Rooms available for max. 1 semester

Since all AUAS exchange programs have been cancelled due to the corona virus, we have extra rooms available for the duration of 1 semester. These rooms are offered with an end date of January 25th 2021. If you decide to book one of these rooms, the AUAS housing fee of the second semester ( € 195) will be refunded automatically as we cannot provide you with a room after January 25th 2021. You can expect the refund of the second semester fee 6 weeks after the start date of your rental contract.

Be aware that there are unfortunately not enough rooms available for 2 semesters due to the housing shortage. This means that it is likely some of you will not have the option to choose an accommodation for 2 semesters if these rooms are already fully booked.

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
  • 1 or 2 semester rental period
  • 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 21 July 2020