Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Finding housing independently

If you are not offered a room in student housing, or if you are a senior student, you will need to find accommodation on your own. Finding a room in Amsterdam may be difficult, even for natives. There is a shortage of housing in general and especially for international students it is challenging to find an affordable room. We advise you to start your search in time. Options may be renting a room in a private home, flat-sharing with other students or staying in a student hotel.


  • Affordable housing in Amsterdam is scarce, so begin your search early. Do not wait until your visa or study enrolment is approved, it may be too late to find housing.
  • Please be aware of scams while searching for accommodation on various platforms (such as Facebook). Check the Iamsterdam website for tips on how to avoid housing scams. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.
  • Most students find a room through their network. Spread the word on social media.
  • AUAS studens offer their room in Amsterdam in our Facebook group when they go abroad for their exchange themselves.
  • Read more on renting and living in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam neighbourhoods.
  • Try not to focus on the city center. The suburbs and surrounding towns are very nearby and can be easily reached by public transport. Also search for (cheaper) rooms outside Amsterdam and do not be too critical, but stay aware of scams. 
  • Invest in a (second-hand) bike to save on public transport tickets.
  • Stand strong together. Raise your budget by teaming up with other students to share an appartment with.
  • Consult our list of websites and and organisations that offer rooms for students in the PDF below:


Register with housing websites

If you decide to stay in Amsterdam for longer than one year, we strongly advise you to register as soon as possible and long before your arrival, at these (waiting time based) platforms:

The above mentioned platforms are not suitable for exchange students, as long waiting times apply. 

Published by  Student Affairs 9 December 2019