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 housing providers who have an agreement with the AUAS. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available, including shared rooms, private rooms with shared facilities and private rooms with private facilities. The rental prices range from approximately €360 to €800 per month, depending on the type of room and room size.

We work with 4 different budget categories:

< € 410   shared rooms and very few 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 

The mentioned rental rates are per calendar month (including electricity, water, gas and internet). Also check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs when choosing your rent budget.

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

In the online application form for student housing, 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 a room reservation system of the housing provider. Most rooms are furnished, but there is a small number of unfurnished rooms available.

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 will share facilities (bathroom and kitchen) with other students of mixed gender. In some cases there is also a shared living room.

Shared room

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 in our housing application system and you both pay the AUAS fee. You can make a note in your application forms about the wish to share. Sharing with a friend is only possible in the lowest budget category, which you can indicate on your application form. The request for a share can unfortunately never be guaranteed.
  • Couples room (sharing with your partner)
    We have a limited offer of couples rooms that can accommodate two people. If you intend to study in Amsterdam and decide to bring your partner, or if both you and your partner are intending to study in Amsterdam and want to live together, you may apply for a couples room. These are studio apartments suited 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 pay the double AUAS housing fee. In your application form, you can indicate your wish for a couples room in the highest budget category.

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

We have a small number of unfurnished rooms with 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 complete study program (degree seeking students only). In your housing application form, you can indicate if you are interested in an unfurnished room (but we can never guarantee if you will be offered an unfurnished or a furnished room).

Student housing is available at different locations across Amsterdam and surroundings. Room types and locations range from a flat 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 max. 50 minutes. 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 at which AUAS location you will be studying? Check with your international office.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a city with a pleasant atmosphere that will make you soon 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 recommended to take normal safety precautions.

Amsterdam was listed as one of the top six safest cities worldwide in the Safe cities list of The Economist. In this index, Amsterdam scored highly 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 a 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. 
  • It is recommended to 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 to always lock both wheel and frame properly, preferably by locking it to a bicycle rack.

In the Netherlands, student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential areas/neighbourhoods with locals. You will live together with other (international) students in your student building with cooking facilities in your own room, mixed-gender floor or appartment. If you prefer a more campus feeling with catering/meal plans, security, more facilities or a 24/7 doorman, upmarket housing (not offered through the AUAS) is recommended.

Most international student rooms are situated on floors with only international students and sometimes also with 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 drinks 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 surroundings. When you are assigned to a room with one of the housing providers in student housing, you will rent directly from one of these housing providers:

Published by  Student Affairs 25 November 2019