Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Costs of AUAS student housing

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

When applying for student housing you are required to pay a one-time AUAS housing fee. This fee is non-refundable. You can pay online in euros, using either a credit card or PayPal.

AUAS housing fee per person*:

€200 for 1 semester
€395 for 2 semesters

* When registering for a couples room (with a partner), only the main tenant has to apply and pay a double AUAS housing fee.
*When applying for a shared room (with a friend), both tenants have to register separately and pay both the AUAS housing fee.

Why is the AUAS housing fee needed?

This fee helps to cover the AUAS expenses related to providing student housing. These costs can legitimately not be covered by university funds, which are meant for academic purposes.

What happens to the AUAS housing fee when AUAS housing cannot offer me accommodation?

If you applied for AUAS housing but we are unable to offer you a room, the AUAS housing fee will be refunded (in October) to the credit card or PayPal account you paid with.

What happens to the AUAS housing fee if I don’t need a room anymore?

In case you found other accommodation by yourself and have not received a room offer from the AUAS yet, contact immediately to withdraw your housing application. The AUAS housing fee will be refunded.

The AUAS fee can unfortunately not be refunded if:

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

Please see our coronavirus information page for the current cancellation and refund policy 2020-2021 due to corona.

Student housing rent varies 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 and internet. The rent will be paid directly to the housing provider. The rent does not include administration fees, deposit and local taxes.

Check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs before determining your rent budget.

Fixed rental period

When you sign your rental contract, you agree with the fixed rental period and commit to paying for this fixed period: minimum 1 semester and maximum 2 semesters/academic year. Find out more about rental periods.

You will be offered a room from one of the housing providers we work with. On top of the AUAS housing fee, you will need to pay a one-time administration fee to this housing provider, to finalize your room reservation. This fee is non-refundable and covers the extra costs that are incurred when renting to and providing customized services for international students.


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 undamaged.

First rental payment

Your room reservation will be confirmed only after the housing provider has received your first payment prior to your arrival:

Housing provider

Administration fee


First rental payment

De Key € 150 one month rent first month rent
DUWO € 172 none first month rent and last 6 weeks rent
Ourcampus € 200 € 1000 first month rent
Student Experience (Nautique Living) None € 1100 first month rent
IC - the Fizz - Spartaan € 160 € 1500 first month rent

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 municipality of Amsterdam. Because this happens once a year, you might receive message of this after your stay in Amsterdam.

Please contact your housing provider to find out if you have to pay for local taxes.

Appealing local taxes

You need not pay these taxes also if you have a low income. For some students it is possible to get an exemption from the local taxes. There are certain (financial) requirements your will need to meet. Consult the municipality 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 instructions in the PDF below. When calculating your monthly budget, do not take this rent benefit into consideration. Housing allowance is not deducted from your rent, but received separately, often only months later after your housing allowance application. Therefore, we advise you to see the housing allowance as a nice bonus, and definitely not a certainty. The Dutch 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 23 July 2020