Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Room types & locations

The AUAS does not have a big campus where all student rooms are located together. Instead, there are various off-campus buildings spread across the city of Amsterdam and Diemen. These buildings are owned and managed by AUAS housing partners. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available.

This slide show shows room types & budget categories (no audio).

Shared bedroom with shared facilities (category 1)

You live in one room (sleep, study, eat) with another student of the same gender, with seperate beds. In most cases, the kitchenette is inside the room. Roommates are not matched by age or study programme, but in your housing application form you can indicate your wish to share with a friend. You and your roommate will have to make agreements on basic household rules.

Private bedroom with shared facilities (category 1, 2 & 3)

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

Small (category 1 & 2):
In a small private room with shared facilities (kitchen & bathroom) you have your own bedroom and you share a kitchen and bathroom with 2-20 other students of mixed gender. It is not possible to sign up with a friend.

Larger (category 3)
In a larger private room with shared facilities (kitchen & bathroom) you have your own bedroom and you share a kitchen and bathroom with fewer other students of mixed gender. It is not possible to sign up with a friend.

Private bedroom with private facilities (category 3 & 4)

You have your own room/studio (for sleeping and studying) and your own kitchenette and bathroom. Some fo these rooms are suitable for couples (category 4). The more expensive rooms in category 4 are generally larger than the other rooms, and some have a more decorated and/or contemporary interior, or include sports- or entertainment facilities within or around the building.

Rooms within a room type may be different, but the basics of the rooms remain the same. All our rooms have basic furnishing. To get an impression, watch the slideshow 'room types' above of the different room types available in the 4 budget categories.

Room types are linked to 4 budget categories. When filling in the housing application form you need to enter a budget category.

1. < € 410 shared rooms and a few small private rooms with shared facilities
2. € 410 - 500 small private rooms with shared facilities
3. € 500 - 600 larger private rooms with shared facilities or small private rooms with private facilities
4. € 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.

Please be aware that we unfortunately cannot meet any requests for a particular room type in a specific budget category, as this depends on availability. We will try to place as many students in their preferred budget category. We will not offer students a room above their maximum budget category.

If you would like to live in a shared room with a friend, you and your friend must both be eligible for AUAS or UvA housing and 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 category 1. The request for a share can unfortunately never be guaranteed. The mentioned rental rate is per person, not per room and you will both receive a separate contract.

It is not possible to sign up with a friend in the categories 2, 3 and 4.

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 category 4. The mentioned rates are per room, not per person. If we run out of couples rooms, we will contact you for an alternative. The rental contract will be in your name, but your partner can also register on this address with the municipality.

If you prefer a more campus style feeling and more service (like meal plans, more facilities such as a gym, a bike and 24h reception), The Student Hotel (TSH) is a good option. The Student Hotel West offers luxury, fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom and shared kitchen. The monthly rent is either €832 or €877, depending on the total duration of the contract, and is at the top of budget category 4.

How to apply?

In our housing application form, select category 4. There will be an option to indicate if you are interested in The Student Hotel West. For more information, you can visit the Student Hotel website (but do not apply directly for a room there). Once you are offered a spot in Student Hotel West by the AUAS, you will receive an e-mail from us with a priority booking code.

AUAS housing can give 90 students a priority code for The Student Hotel Amsterdam West. The first 90 students who apply for this option in our housing application form will be guaranteed a room at The Student Hotel West. This will also be the only room offer you will receive. In case this option is fully booked, we will inform you and your application will be handled like a regular AUAS housing application.

The start date of TSH contracts will be September 1st 2020, which is later than the regular AUAS housing contracts (starting August 14 2020). The end date of the contracts at TSH will be either in June or July 2021. Therefore, this option is not available for 1 semester exchange students. The rental period cannot be ended early or be extended.

The AUAS does not have a big campus where all rooms are located. We have over several different off-campus buildings throughout the whole city of Amsterdam and Diemen. The student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential neighborhoods.

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. All students are assigned randomly to rooms within their budget category.

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. You can do this on the private market, or opt for a room at The Student Hotel West via the AUAS (available for 2 semesters only).

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. The rooms are owned and managed by the housing providers, but reserved by the AUAS for our international students.

When you have applied for AUAS housing, your information will be sent to one of these housing providers who will send you the room offer. You will sign a rental contract and rent directly from one of these housing partners:

Published by  Student Affairs 16 September 2020