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Costs of AUAS student housing

When you make use of AUAS student housing, you must pay rent, administrative fees, a refundable deposit and in some cases local taxes.

On this page you find information about the expenses you will have to make when you make use of AUAS student housing. 

AUAS housing fee

When applying for student housing on our housing platform, you are required to pay a one-time AUAS housing fee. The housing fee helps to cover the AUAS expenses related to providing student housing. These costs can legitimately not be covered by university funds, which are meant for academic purposes. The housing fee is non-refundable*.

AUAS housing fee per person**:

€ 200 for 1 semester
€ 395 for 2 semesters

You can pay online in euros, using either a credit card (Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard), PayPal or Ideal. Other payment methods are unfortunately not possible.

Bachelor/master students will receive a housing invitation for the entire academic year (2 semesters) and pay the full 2 semester housing fee. The 1 semester housing fee is only available for exchange students who will study for 1 semester at AUAS.

* There are two exceptions to this rule:

1. If you applied for AUAS housing but we are unable to offer you a room, the AUAS housing fee will be refunded. You will receive a message from us with instructions to request a refund and to provide your bank details. The housing fee will not be refunded to your Paypal or creditcard account, but to a bank account of your choice. The housing fee will be refunded within 6 weeks.

2. In case you found other accommodation by yourself and have not received a room offer from the AUAS yet, you can cancel your housing application yourself. Go to your personal page on MyInfo and cancel your housing request. A refund form will be sent to you where you can provide your bank details. The housing fee will be refunded within 6 weeks.

** When registering for a couples room (with a partner), only the main tenant has to apply and pay a double AUAS housing fee. When applying for a shared room (with a friend), both tenants have to register separately and pay both the AUAS housing fee.


Student housing rent varies between €360 to €875 per month. The exact figure depends on the room type, the size, whether it is a private or shared room and the type of facilities (private or shared). The monthly rent includes electricity, gas, water and internet. The rent has to be paid directly to the housing provider. Most students pay rent per month. With some of the housing providers it is also possible to pay the entire semester upfront. The rent does not include administration fees, deposit and local taxes. 

Tip: Check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs(opens in new window) before determining your monthly rent budget.

Fixed rental period

When you sign your rental contract, you agree with the fixed rental period and commit to paying for this fixed period: minimum 1 semester and maximum 2 semesters. Find out more about rental periods.

Housing providers: administration fee, deposit and first rental payment

You will be offered a room from one of the housing providers we work with. To finalize the booking at the housing provider, you need to pay the first month’s rent, administration costs and a deposit. This means that the first payment can be a significant amount. Make sure you are able to pay this before your arrival in Amsterdam. 

Non-EU students: These amounts can unfortunately not be deducted from your proof of financial means for obtaining your residence permit.

Payment method

The first rental payment at the housing provider always has to be done by credit card (Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard). The creditcard has to be valid for at least 1,5 years from now. Other payment methods are unfortunately not possible. Monthly payments can be done by bank transfer. You will receive payment instructions from your housing provider.

Administration fee

On top of the AUAS housing fee and to finalize your room reservation, you will need to pay a one-time administration fee to the housing provider. This fee is non-refundable and covers the extra costs that are incurred when renting to and providing customized services for international students.


Tenants are required to pay a deposit before the start of their rental contract. This deposit is refunded at the end of your stay if you leave the room clean, tidy and undamaged and after returning your room keys.

First rental payment

Your room reservation will be confirmed only after the housing provider has received your first payment prior to your arrival:

Housing providerAdministration fee + Deposit +First rental payment
De Key€ 1502 months rentfirst 6 weeks rent
DUWO€ 230nonefirst month rent and last 6 weeks rent
Ourcampus€ 100€ 1000first month rent
Student ExperienceNone€ 1120first month rent
StuNest - Spartaan€ 192,50 (€210 in case of couple)€ 1500first 6 weeks rent

Local taxes

Anyone living in self-contained accommodation (private bathroom, private kitchen) is expected to pay local taxes for services such as rubbish collection (waste collection charge) and water treatment (water authority tax). 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 during or after your stay in Amsterdam. Or you might not hear anything at all. 

Please contact your housing provider to find out if you have to pay for local taxes. See our departure page for more information.

Housing allowance

If you live in housing with private facilities, you may be eligible for a rent benefit (in Dutch: huurtoeslag) from the Dutch government. Check the step-by-step instructions in the PDF below. When calculating your monthly budget, do not take this rent benefit into consideration. Housing allowance is not deducted from your rent, but received separately, often only months later after your housing allowance application. Therefore, we advise you to see the housing allowance as a nice bonus, and definitely not a certainty. The Dutch tax office provides detailed information on rent benefit eligibility conditions and how to apply (opens in new window).

Please note:

  • If you applied for AUAS housing, we can unfortunately not guarantee that you will receive a room offer for an address which is eligible for housing allowance.
  • Exchange students can unfortunately not apply for housing allowance
How to apply for rent allowance (PDF)

Questions and support

Our Housing team is ready to assist you

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