Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application procedure

Step by step instructions

After you have been admitted to an AUAS programme, either as an exchange student or a degree-seeking student, you will receive an email inviting you to apply online for student housing. Respond to this invitation as quickly as possible! Rooms are limited, so it is important to act fast.

Check your email

It is important to check your inbox and spam regularly, because the link to the housing application form will be sent to you by email. On this application form you can indicate your preference for the type of room and price category. It is unfortunately not possible to request a specific location or building.   

Please keep in mind that while most international students will receive an invitation, this is not always the case. You can check with housing@hva.nl to find out if you are eligible for AUAS student housing.

When will this email arrive?

The exact timing depends on your faculty or study programme, but as a rule:

  • In May (for programmes starting in September)
  • In November (for programmes starting in February)

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 on Studentenwoningweb.nl and Room.nl as early as possible. These platforms work with a waiting list. Another option is to find housing independently.

Clicking on the link in the invitation email will take you to our online application form. In addition to your personal information, you will be asked about:

  • Budget category: choose the category that fits your budget. This will determine the types of rooms available to you. Explore the budget categories.
  • Living together: tell us if you want to live with a friend (shared) or partner (couple) as there are only a few rooms available for this purpose. Explore the different room types.
  • Other information that is relevant to assigning you an appropriate room.

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

Disabilities & medical conditions

If you have special housing needs because of a disability, please upload a medical statement in the application form and contact housing@hva.nl to specify your needs.

Application deadlines

The exact deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year will be announced soon. Normally this deadline is in early June.

You are welcome to apply after the deadline, but this will decrease your chances of getting a room. We advise students to register via our online housing application system as soon as possible. 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, follow the instructions for paying the AUAS housing fee.

After submitting your application, check your email daily (after the housing deadline) to find out if you have been selected for student housing at one of our housing partners. This can take some time. Check your spam folder: this email will come from a housing provider, not from the AUAS.

  • If you receive a room offer, follow the instructions in the email to confirm (you cannot change the room or location offered).
  • Please note: 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.
  • If you are not offered a room because student housing is already full, you 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.
  • If you find a place to live on your own, inform us immediately via studenthousing@hva.nl so that we can remove you from the waiting list and refund the AUAS housing fee.


Deadline to respond

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.

Your room reservation is confirmed once you make your first payment to the housing provider. Instructions for making this payment are included in the email from the housing provider. 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.

For new international AUAS students, we offer a pick-up service on specific arrival days from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam, with full service and an official welcome. These Arrival Days are organised in cooperation with our housing partners. There are two arrival days in August and one in January.

If you do not arrive on one of these dates, you must arrange transportation to the housing coporation office yourself to finalise your registration and collect your room keys.

More info on our Arrival Days
Published by  Student Affairs 19 February 2020