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.

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 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.

Rental period

When you rent a room in AUAS student housing, you commit to paying for a fixed period: minimum 1 semester and maximum 2 semesters/academic year. Find out more about rental periods.

When you submit your application for AUAS student housing, you will be charged a fee. This fee helps to cover the AUAS 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*:

€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.

We recommend that students register in our online housing application system as soon as possible and before the deadline. Your chances of receiving a room offer will significantly decrease the longer you wait. Apply right away: do not 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.

The AUAS housing fee will be refunded in October/April 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, 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 we work with. On top of the AUAS housing fee, you will need to pay an administration fee to this housing provider, after you have reserved a room. 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's rent first month rent
DUWO € 100 none first month rent and last 6 weeks rent
Oncampus € 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.

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. 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. 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 12 February 2020