Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Upon departure

leaving your accommodation

We hope you had a great time in Amsterdam! When leaving the Netherlands or moving out of AUAS housing, you need to arrange a few important things.

Room check out

Check with your housing corporation what you have to do before your departure. Please note that it might not be possible to hand in your room keys during the weekend or during holidays.

End of Rental contract

Unfortunately it is never possible to end your rental contract early. All contracts are semester contracts, ending on 25 January 2021 or in summer 2021. For example: If you leave before or during the Christmas break, you still need to pay for the month of January.

Refund of deposit

If you have paid a deposit at the start of your rental contract, this amount will be refunded at the end of your contract period, after you have left the room clean, tidy and without damages. Housing corporations need a processing time of your deposit refund of max. 90 days after the end of your lease. The deposit can unfortunately never be settled with the last month’s rent. So you will always still have to pay for the last month (payment is due as usual at the end of the previous calendar month).

Leaving the Netherlands

It is important to deregister with the municipality to avoid being taxed while you no longer live in The Netherlands.

Municipality of Amsterdam:

You can deregister by sending your request by post. Check the contact details here .
If you rent from De Key, you can deregister online on the De Key website (easier!). De Key will forward your deregistration to the municipality.

If you live in a different municipality (e.g. Diemen or Amstelveen), check with this municipality how to deregister.

Moving to a different address in Amsterdam?

You need to notify the municipality as well. Your BSN number will stay the same.

Moving to a different municipality in the Netherlands?

Check with the municipality on how to register with them. Your BSN number will stay the same.

If you do not deregister from the municipality, you risk getting taxed in your home country. Even if you have deregistered, the municipality can still send tax letters to your address in your home country.

Local taxes

Anyone living in Amsterdam who has their own private facilities (bathroom, kitchen) is expected to pay local taxes for services such as rubbish collection, water and sewage. These taxes are not included in the rent. The tax bill will be sent to you directly by the municipality of Amsterdam. Because this happens once a year, you might receive message of this after your stay in Amsterdam.

Appealing local taxes

Did you receive a tax letter?
You need not pay these taxes also if you have a low income. For some students it is possible to get an exemption from the local taxes. There are certain (financial) requirements your will need to meet. Consult the municipality of Amsterdam website for information on how to submit an appeal or if you need assistance. Unfortunately, the housing team cannot assist you in this, as these municipal tax appeals go beyond our knowledge and expertise.

I did not receive a tax letter
Great! You do not need to take any action.

The AUAS can unfortunately only provide housing for the first year of your study program. We cannot offer another room. You will have to find alternative housing by yourself after the end date of your current rental contract. As you probably know, it is very hard to find affordable housing in Amsterdam. Therefore we strongly recommend to register with Studentenwoningweb and ROOM , in case you have not done this already at the start of your stay. Both platforms work with a waiting list. The sooner you apply, the longer your waiting time (meaning: more chance of finding a new place). They offer affordable rooms with housing corporations such as DUWO and De Key.

You can find some other recommendations for finding housing independently here.

  • Close your Dutch bank account by notifying your bank. Bank charges will be continued, if you do not close your account. Set your account balance to € 0,00 before closing the account.
  • Cancel your Dutch health insurance. Be sure to file your insurance claims before leaving.
  • Hand in your residence permit
  • If you have furniture, books or a bike which you would like to leave behind, you could try to sell them. For instance at the ISN Amsterdam Online Market on Facebook.
  • Donate your clothes! There are green deposit boxes all over Amsterdam.

Published by  Student Affairs 10 September 2020