Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Costs of AUAS student housing

Rent is between €360 and €850 per calendar month, depending on what type of room you have. In addition to rent, you must pay administrative fees, a refundable deposit and in some cases local taxes.

Rents for student housing vary between €360 to €850 per month. The exact figure depends on the room type, the size, whether it is a private or shared room and the type of facilities (private or shared).

The monthly rent includes electricity, gas, water an internet. The rent does not include administration fees, deposit and local taxes. You can pay in monthly instalments.

Check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs when choosing your rent budget.

Rental period

When you rent a room in student housing, you commit to paying for a fixed period of minimum one semester and maximum 2 semesters/one year. Find out more about rental periods.

When you submit your application for housing in the AUAS housing system, you will be charged a fee to help cover the AUAS's expenses related to providing student housing. This fee is non-refundable. You can pay online, in Euros, using either a credit card or PayPal.

AUAS housing fee per person*:

Early bird fee

€209 for 1 semester 
€413 for 2 semesters

Regular fee

€242 for 1 semester
€440 for 2 semesters

* When registering for a couples room, only the main tenant has to pay a double housing fee.

We recommend students to register in our online housing application system as soon as possible and before the early bird deadline, as your chances of receiving a room offer will significantly decrease the longer you wait. We strongly advise students not to wait until their study enrollment is finalized or visa procedure is approved. It may be too late to find housing, as these are procedures which happen at the same time.

The AUAS housing fee will be refunded if we are unable to offer you a room.

The AUAS fee can unfortunately not be refunded if:

  • we offer you a room but you do not make use of this offer or decline this offer
  • your visa application is unsuccesful
  • your study enrollment is unsuccesful

You will be offered a room from one of the housing providers who work with us to provide student housing. On top of the AUAS fee, you will need to pay an administration fee to this housing provider, after reserving a room. The administration fee you are required to pay depends on which housing provider you will be assigned to. This fee is non-refundable. This administration fee covers the extra costs that are made for renting to international students and providing customized services to the tenants' needs.


Tenants are required to pay a deposit before the start of their rental contract. This deposit is refunded at the end of your stay if you leave the room clean, tidy and without damages.

First rental payment

Your room reservation will be confirmed only after the housing provider has received your first payment before arrival.

Housing provider

Administration fee


First rental payment

De Key € 150 one month rent First month before arrival
DUWO € 100 None approximately the first and last month and a half
Oncampus € 200 € 1000 First month before arrival
Student Experience (Nautique Living) None € 1100 First month before arrival
IC - the Fizz - Spartaan € 160 € 1500 First month before arrival

Anyone living in Amsterdam who has their own private facilities (bathroom, kitchen) is expected to pay local taxes for services such as rubbish collection, water and sewage. These taxes are not included in the rent. The tax bill will be sent to you directly by the City of Amsterdam.

To make sure whether you do or do not have to pay local taxes, please contact your housing provider.

Appealing local taxes

You need not pay these taxes also if you have a low income. Consult the City of Amsterdam website for information on how to submit an appeal.

If you live on your own with private facilities, you may be eligible for a rent benefit (in Dutch: huurtoeslag) from the Dutch government. Check the step-by-step plan below (PDF). The government tax office provides detailed information on rent benefit eligibility conditions and how to apply.

How to apply for rent allowance (PDF)
Published by  Student Affairs 16 January 2020