Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application procedure

Bachelor/Master 2021-2022

After you have registered for an AUAS degree programme (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 2021-2022?

Monday 7 June 2021

Email with announcement housing procedure and link to housing portal

Wednesday 9 June 2021 8.00am (CET)

Start time housing application in housing portal

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 programme or that your study enrolment is approved. The housing department has no information about your study programme 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 wait until your study enrolment has been finalised or your visa procedure approved. If you wait it might be too late to secure housing through the AUAS.

These 7 steps will guide you through the AUAS housing service:

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

  • Cancellation and refund policy 2021-2022
  • Availability of rooms for second year students
  • Late arrival after the start of the semester
  • Quarantine upon arrival (if applicable)

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 are (conditionally*) accepted to your study programme
  • You did not receive housing through the AUAS or Oncampus in the past
  • You currently do not live in the Netherlands

* 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 can unfortunately not prioritize students when their admission to the study programme has a long processing time.

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 housing@hva.nl to find out if you are eligible for AUAS student housing.

Can I apply for AUAS 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 together with you (digitally).

Are you 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. Please contact us on housing@hva.nl before June 2021.

Are you an exchange student?

Please check the housing application procedure here.

Check your email

In early June 2021, you will receive an invitation email from myinfo@hva.nl with a link to start your housing application in our housing portal and pay the AUAS housing fee. This email will be sent to the email address you provided in your study application.

We recommend to add myinfo@hva.nl to your 'safe senders' list of your email account. myinfo@uva.nl is a 'no-reply' email address.

Clicking on the link on Wednesday June 9th 2021 in the invitation email will take you to our online application form. The link will not work before this time and date.

Accessing the application form with your AUAS-ID

You should have received your AUAS-ID in a separate email. Please note: The AUAS-ID is not your student number, but a 5 or 6 lettercode. You need to activate your AUAS-ID first before you can access the housing application form. Please contact csa@hva.nl or housing@hva.nl 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 (preferably on the specific date and time given in June), 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: there is no need to wait until your study enrolment 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 housing fee, check your email daily the upcoming weeks to find out if you have been selected for student housing at one of our housing partners.

Once you have been selected, you will first receive a message from myinfo@hva.nl. After that, you will receive an offer from either booking platform ROOM.nl or one of our other housing providers (e.g. De Key), to book a room within a given time frame. Check your spam folder!

If you receive a room offer, follow the instructions to confirm.

Please note:

  • You will receive one offer of accommodation only. You cannot change the room or location offered.
  • We are unable to send a second offer if the first offer does not meet your expectations.
  • You will be given a very short time frame of a few days to book your room. Make sure you respond to the room offer immediately or as soon as you can! 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.

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.

After accepting your accommodation offer, your housing provider will inform you either by email or through your housing account about your tenancy agreement and further procedures. Sign and return your tenancy agreement according to the instructions given by the housing provider.

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.

Be prepared: 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 and the AUAS housing fee will unfortunately not be refunded.

What practical matters do you need to arrange upon arrival in Amsterdam? Check our Arrival website for information.

Normally, we offer a free pick-up service on specific arrival days from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam, with full service and an official welcome. Due to the current corona situation, we can not offer this full 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 fully booked, 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 our 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. We will keep you updated during summer.

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 housing@hva.nl immediately so we can remove you from the waiting list and refund the AUAS housing fee.
  • We strongly advise you to also register on Dutch student housing websites long before your arrival in Amsterdam (as soon as you have registered for your degree programme). Registration on these sites is an important backup measure if the AUAS is unable to provide you with a room and/or it will prepare you for finding housing after your first year.

What if I decide to cancel my study enrolment at the AUAS?

If you cancel your study enrolment, don’t forget to also notify the housing office of your wish to cancel your housing request. This does not happen automatically and this way we can keep our waiting list up to date and make other students happy with your spot. You can find our cancellation policy here.

Published by  Student Affairs 9 June 2021