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 on our housing platform, 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. Other payment methods are unfortunately not possible.

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 if 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 to the credit card or PayPal account you paid with. We will try to process this refund within max. 6 weeks.

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 housing@hva.nl immediately to withdraw your housing application. The AUAS housing fee will be refunded. We will try to process this refund within max. 6 weeks.

The AUAS fee can unfortunately not be refunded if:

  • we have offered you a room (through one of our housing partners) but you do not respond to or decline this offer
  • your visa application is unsuccessful
  • your study enrolment is unsuccessful

Please see our coronavirus information page for the current cancellation and refund policy.

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 has to be paid directly to the housing provider. Most students pay rent per month. With some of the housing providers it is also possible to pay the entire semester upfront. 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 monthly 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.

Find out more about rental periods

You will be offered a room from one of the housing providers we work with. To finalize the booking at the housing provider, you need to pay the first month’s rent, administration costs and a deposit. This means that the first payment can be a significant amount. Make sure you are able to pay this before your arrival in Amsterdam.

Administration fee

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

Deposit

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 and after returning your room keys.

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 +

Deposit +

First rental payment

De Key € 150 2 months rent first 6 weeks rent
DUWO € 194 none first month rent and last 6 weeks rent
Ourcampus € 100 € 1500 first month rent
Student Experience None € 1120 first month rent
StuNest - Spartaan € 160 € 1500 first 6 weeks rent

Anyone living in self-contained accommodation (private bathroom, private kitchen) is expected to pay local taxes for services such as rubbish collection (waste collection charge) and water treatment (water authority tax). 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. Or you might not hear anything at all.

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

Find more information (links to official authorities):

Appealing local taxes

Did you receive a tax letter?
For some students it is possible to get exempted from the local taxes. You do not need to pay these taxes for example if your income is low. There are certain (financial) requirements you will need to meet. Consult the municipality of Amsterdam website for information on how to submit an appeal or if you need assistance. Unfortunately, the housing team cannot assist you in these appeals, as these go beyond our knowledge and expertise.

I did not receive a tax letter.
Great! You do not need to take any action.

If you live in housing 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 .

Please note:

  • If you applied for AUAS housing, we can unfortunately not guarantee that you will receive a room offer for an address which is eligible for housing allowance.
  • Exchange students can unfortunately not apply for housing allowance

How to apply for rent allowance (PDF)
Published by  Student Affairs 19 October 2021