Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Coronavirus information

AUAS student housing

We can imagine you have questions or concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. You can visit amsterdamuas.com/coronainfo for relevant information and an overview of frequently asked questions and answers. For specific questions regarding housing matters and the coronavirus please see our information below.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 IN THE NETHERLANDS

  • Current information and Q&As from concerning the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands are available on the RIVM website.
  • The government of the Netherlands is taking various measures to control COVID-19. Find out more on this website.
  • Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on international education.

We look at the situation every day and supplement the information on this page as far as is possible. For general information about the coronavirus, please see our general coronavirus information page.

New international students 2020-2021

If you are not able to come to Amsterdam, or for some other reason will not use the AUAS housing service, make sure that you cancel your housing application. Below you will find an overview of the cancellation and refund policy of the AUAS housing fee and the costs that you made when booking your room at one of the housing providers.

Due to the uncertainties caused by the corona virus there was a lenient cancellation period until 14 July 2020. In the period between 15 July and 14 August (14 August is the standard housing contract start date) the refund policy is different, but still less strict than usual. Please check in the overview below what applies to your situation and contact us on housing@hva.nl if you want to cancel your housing before 14 August 2020.

 

AUAS Housing fee
15 July - 14 Aug

Costs at housing provider
15 July - 14 Aug

I did not receive a housing offer

Full refund -

I received a housing offer but did not book my accommodation

Refund of the second semester (€195)** -

I received a housing offer and I booked my accommodation

Booked a 2 semester room:
no refund**
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Booked a 1 semester room:
Refund of the second semester (€195)**

Check the cancellation policy with your housing provider

 

** Unfortunately no exceptions can be made if your visa application or study enrollment was unsuccessful.

We truly understand that these are very uncertain times. If you cancel, we can make another student happy with your spot. If you decide not to cancel and have booked a room, you are responsible for your room and the rent from the start of your contract, even if you are not in Amsterdam. Subletting your room is contractually not allowed and will have serious consequences.

We understand your concern. For now we will proceed with our regular policies and procedure, with an adapted cancellation policy (deadline July 14th 2020). We will continue to monitor the situation closely. 

If you are an international student and would like the AUAS to arrange housing for you, we strongly advise you not to wait until your admission to the study program is approved. The admission process takes a long time, alongside the housing process. The AUAS housing booking process starts already in June and we work on a first come, first served basis. The longer you wait, the less chance of a room you will have. This means that you might have to invest in the AUAS housing fee and take the risk of not getting accepted to the study program. 

Availability of housing in the second semester (for students who already started their studies in September 2020)

At the moment it will only be possible to apply for housing with rental contracts starting on August 14th 2020, for 2 semesters. it will not be possible now to apply for only the second semester (starting February 2021).  

The AUAS housing office cannot give any guarantees whether enough rooms will be available if you decide to come to Amsterdam in the second semester (starting February 2021).

The AUAS anticipates that a group of students who started their program in September 2020 will arrive in the second semester. Unfortunately, we expect a shortage of rooms in the second semester. We will inform you via this webpage about the procedure and availability of rooms in the second semester. We expect to publish more information in October 2020.

We understand that you might like to stay in your home country a bit longer until the global corona crisis is more stable. Unfortunately we can only offer semester contracts, starting August 14th 2020 until January 25th 2021 or until summer 2021. You are responsible for the rent and your room during this entire period. We cannot facilitate housing contracts with alternative start dates during the semester (e.g. October or November) or discounts on rental rates, due to late arrival.

Current (international) AUAS students

No, not any more. It was possible to terminate your contract early until May 31st 2020 because of the global corona crisis. 

After May 31st, it is unfortunately no longer possible to shorten your rental contract. The original end date in your rental contract will remain the same.

Please note: our housing providers are very busy right now, so it may take longer for them to respond. If you are leaving before you receive a reply, follow the check-out instructions from the housing provider (e.g. leave your keys and make sure your room is empty and clean).

At the moment it is unfortunately no longer possible to extend your rental contract until August 2020.

Unfortunately we do not know yet if we will have rooms available for current AUAS students in the new academic year 2020-2021. This depends on the number of new applications of international students and how the corona crisis will develop in the upcoming months. At the moment, it is impossible for us to start a waiting list as the situation changes quickly for everyone and every student has his own specific circumstances.  

As soon as we have more news, we will announce this here. 

We understand that you would like to experience Amsterdam despite the fact that your exchange program will be offered online only. Unfortunately there will be no AUAS housing on offer in the first semester of 2020-2021 for exchange students.

Disclaimer

The information above might contradict with other parts of the housing webpages, on which the normal international student housing procedures are explained.

However, the policy above is specifically created for the current situation, due to the effects of the global corona crisis.

Published by  Student Affairs 23 July 2020