Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Room types & locations

AUAS student housing is located in various off-campus buildings spread across the city. The buildings are owned and managed by AUAS housing partners. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available.

We offer 4 different budget categories:

< € 410   shared rooms and a few small private rooms with shared facilities
€ 410 - 500                  small private rooms with shared facilities
€ 500 - 600 larger private rooms with shared facilities or small private rooms with private facilities
€ 600 - 850 larger private rooms with private facilities and couples rooms

These rental rates are per calendar month (including electricity, water, gas and internet). Check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs before determining your rent budget.

The housing department will do its best to offer you a room in your chosen budget category. However, this cannot be guaranteed and depends on availability.

In the online AUAS housing application form, you will be asked what type of room you prefer. You will be assigned a room in that category according to availability. In some cases, you will be invited to choose a room using the housing provider's room reservation system. 

Private room with private facilities

You have your own room (for sleeping and studying) and your own kitchenette and bathroom.

Private room with shared facilities

You have your own room (for sleeping and studying), but you share facilities (bathroom and kitchen) with other students (mixed gender). In some cases a shared living room is also available.

Shared room with shared facilities

You live in one room (sleep, study, eat) with another student of the same gender. In most cases, the kitchenette is inside the room.

  • Sharing with a friend
    If you would like to live in a shared room with a friend, you and your friend must both apply separately via our housing form. You are both required to pay the AUAS housing fee. You can state your wish to share in your application forms. Sharing with a friend is only possible in the lowest budget category ( <  € 410). The request for a share can unfortunately never be guaranteed.
  • Couples room (sharing with your partner)
    We have a limited number of couples rooms. If you intend to study in Amsterdam and decide to bring your partner, or if both you and your partner plan to study in Amsterdam and want to live together, you may apply for a couples room. These are studio apartments suitable for couples without accompanying children. The studios have a double bed or two beds and private facilities (kitchenette/bathroom). Only one of you needs to be an AUAS student and you only need one housing application, but you are required to pay the double AUAS housing fee. In your application form, you can request a couples room in the highest budget category (€ 600 - 850). If we run out of couples rooms, we will contact you for an alternative.

Unfurnished rooms (for a duration of more than 1 year)

We have a few unfurnished rooms with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Unlike all our other accommodations, which are available for a maximum of one year, these unfurnished rooms can be rented for the duration of your entire study (degree-seeking students only). In your application form, you can indicate if you are interested in an unfurnished room.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that we can meet your request for a particular room type.

Student housing is available at different locations across Amsterdam and the surrounding area. Room types and locations range from a flat shared with other students in the South East of the city to small scale accommodation in the city centre. The maximum travel time from student housing to the AUAS campuses is relatively low for Dutch standards. Amsterdam is a fairly small city compared to other capital cities. All student buildings can be reached easily by public transport or by bike within 50 minutes max. Unfortunately, you cannot choose your location or a specific building.

Learn more about the Amsterdam neighbourhoods, public transport and the different AUAS university locations. Not sure where your AUAS programme is located? Ask your international office.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a city with a pleasant atmosphere that will quickly make you feel at home. Recently, it was ranked as one of the safest cities worldwide and the second safest city in Europe. However, as in every city, incidents do occur so it is wise to take normal safety precautions.

Amsterdam was listed as one of the top six safest cities worldwide in The Economist's Safe Cities Index. In this list, Amsterdam scored high for both infrastructure and personal safety. Students also indicate that they view Amsterdam as a safe place to live.


As with any city, it is always helpful to take precautions. ‘Petty crime’, theft – especially of bicycles – and pickpocketing does occur in Amsterdam, particularly in the city centre, on trains, trams and near the tourist sites. Pickpockets are known to target major events (especially during the summer season).

Here are a few precautions you should take when visiting any big city:

  • Make sure you always watch your belongings, especially in crowded places, when waiting at a bus stop, travelling by public transport, shopping and so on. 
  • Avoid walking alone in poorly lit and unpopulated areas after dark.
  • Do not use ATM’s at night in quiet areas.
  • Bike theft is common in Amsterdam. If you have a bicycle, make sure you always properly lock both the wheel and frame, preferably by locking it to a bicycle rack.

In the Netherlands, student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential areas/neighbourhoods where locals reside. You will live together with other (international) students in your student building with cooking facilities in your own room, mixed-gender floor or apartment. If you prefer more of an oncampus living style with catering/meal plans, security, additional facilities/amenities or a 24/7 doorman, we advise that you search for upmarket housing (which is not offered through the AUAS).

Most international student rooms are situated on floors with only international students and sometimes a few Dutch students. You will be expected to comply with existing house rules and respect cultural differences. Mixed-gender housing is common in the Netherlands.

Resident Assistants (RA’s) are Dutch students who live with the international students in a number of buildings. They can help with all kinds of questions about the building, your room or your housemates. Also, the RA’s often organise social outings and activities. Some buildings have a designated caretaker who will take care of maintenance requests and issues.

AUAS student housing has a partnership with several housing corporations which offer affordable student housing across Amsterdam and the surrounding area. When you are assigned a room with one of the housing providers in student housing, you will rent directly from one of these housing partners:

Published by  Student Affairs 12 February 2020