Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Room types & locations

The AUAS does not own a central 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 housing providers who have a partnership with the AUAS. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available.

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

Shared bedroom with shared facilities (budget category 1)

You live in one room (sleep, study, eat) with another student of the same gender, with separate 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 (budget 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 (budget 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 (budget 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 (budget 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 (budget 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 monthly 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 housing or UvA housing and apply separately via our housing form. You are both required to pay the AUAS/UvA housing fee. You can state your wish to share in your application forms. Sharing with a friend is only possible in budget category 1 (shared rooms). 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 rental contract.

It is unfortunately not possible to sign up with a friend in the budget categories 2, 3 and 4. If you want to share a flat or appartment together with friends, we advise you to search the private market instead.

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 budget category 4. The mentioned monthly 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.

The AUAS does not own one big campus where all rooms are located. Instead, we offer housing in several different off-campus buildings throughout the city of Amsterdam and Diemen. The student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential neighborhoods. You will live like a true local!

The maximum travel time from student housing to the AUAS campuses is relatively low for Dutch and European 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.

Location and budget category are not linked. Student housing in a higher budget category is not more conveniently located than accommodation offered in a lower 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 forwarded to one of these housing providers, who will send you a room offer. You will sign a rental contract and rent directly from one of these housing partners:

Published by  Student Affairs 7 April 2021