Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Finding housing independently

If you are not eligible for AUAS student housing or not offered a room in AUAS student housing, you will need to find accommodation on your own.

Finding a room in Amsterdam is quite difficult, even for locals. There is a shortage of housing in general and finding an affordable room can be especially challlenging for international students. We advise you to start your search as soon as possible. You could consider renting a room in a private home, flat-sharing with other students or staying in a student hotel.

Consult our list of websites and organisations that offer rooms for students in the PDF below:

  • Affordable housing in Amsterdam is scarce, so begin your search early. Do not wait until your visa or study enrollment is approved. If you wait, you might not find housing.
  • Please be wary 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 probably is.
  • Most students find a room through their network. Spread the word on social media and tell as many people as possible that you are looking for accommodation.
  • On the Facebook page of the ISN (International Student Network) and Erasmus , you can meet other students who are looking for a room.
  • Read more on renting and living in Amsterdam and the different Amsterdam neighbourhoods .
  • Try not to focus on the city centre. Amsterdam is a fairly small city compared to other capitals. The suburbs and surrounding towns are very nearby and can be reached easily by public transport. Also search for (cheaper) rooms outside Amsterdam and do not be too picky, while staying aware of scams.
  • In July, August and September, it is really difficult to find a room in Amsterdam. You could consider finding temporary accommodation first and continue your search later.
  • Invest in a (second-hand) bike to save money on public transport tickets.
  • Stand strong together. Increase your budget by teaming up with other students to search for a shared apartment.
  • Always enquire with a landlord about the possibility to register with the municipality. It is mandatory to be registered at the address where you live. If you cannot get registered, the accommodation is probably offered for rent illegally. You can find more information about registration at the municipality on our upon arrival website.

If you are planning on staying in Amsterdam for longer than one year, we strongly advise you to register as soon as possible (long before your arrival and as soon as you have registered for your degree programme) on Dutch student housing websites. Registration on these sites is an important backup measure if the AUAS is unable to provide you with a room.

These platforms are not suitable for exchange students, due to the long waiting times. These websites work on a first come, first served basis.

Because of the global coronacrisis, the expat market and tourist industry in Amsterdam are more quiet at the moment. This means that rental rates have dropped and tourist accommodations are trying to find ways to offer their services. For example, hotel rooms are being offered to students.

  • Check housing agencies in Amsterdam for apartments which you can share with more people
  • The Amsterdam Student Union (ASVA) is cooperating with several hotels & hostels to provide temporary rooms. Check the ASVA website .

Published by  Student Affairs 22 April 2021