Finding housing on your own

If you are not eligible for AUAS student housing or not offered a room in AUAS student housing, you will need to find accommodation on your own.

Finding a room in Amsterdam can be difficult due to the housing shortage. We therefore advise you to start your search as soon as possible. On this page you can find useful information to get you started.

Finding a place to stay: how to get started

Before you start searching, decide which type of accommodation you are looking for. You could consider renting a room in a private home, flat-sharing with other students or staying in a student hotel. Write down your wishes and start searching within the categories of your preference. To make this easier, we created two useful documents for you:

Tips & tricks for finding housing
How to find a room: tips and websites (PDF)

Webinars: How to find a room in Amsterdam? 

We host live webinars a few times per year to help students along on the subject of finding accommodation on their own. A short presentation and the opportunity to ask questions to housing staff and student ambassadors were part of the webinars. You can see two of the recordings below, both with different student ambassadors. 

Finding accommodation webinar - January 2022
Finding accommodation webinar January 2022

Rental law & how to avoid housing scams

Scams

Please be wary of scams while searching for accommodation on various platforms (such as Facebook). Check the !WOON website(opens in new window) for tips on how to avoid housing scams. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Support

Rules and regulations protect tenants’ rights in the Netherlands. Many tenants, especially students, aren’t sufficiently aware of this. The !WOON tenant support agency(opens in new window) (funded by the Amsterdam municipality) provides information, advice and support for tenants. Confidentially and free of charge. By giving internationals more insight into the Dutch rental market and their rights and obligations as tenants, !WOON hopes to contribute to their stay in Amsterdam.

Protection for tentants & rental law

Check the video below by the municipality of Amsterdam for more information on your rights as a tenant and for rules & legislation regarding renting an accommodation.

Tenant protection & rental law

Youth hostels and affordable hotels

If you have not managed to secure student housing by the time you arrive in Amsterdam or if you arrive before the start of your rental contract, you will need to find temporary accommodation for those first nights in the city.

More information about youth hostels and hotels

Arriving in Amsterdam

Did you find a place to stay? Great! Now it's time to start your preparations. What practical matters do you need to arrange upon arrival in Amsterdam? Check our Arrival information.

Staying longer than 1 year? Register with waiting time-based platforms (longstay housing)

If you are planning on staying in Amsterdam for longer than one year, we strongly advise you to register as soon as possible on Dutch student housing websites: long before your arrival and as soon as you have registered for your degree programme.

Read more about longstay housing

Questions and support

Our Housing team is ready to assist you

Phone
+31 6 1539 81 22(opens in new window)
CET office hours from Monday to Thursday
WhatsApp
+31 6 1539 81 22(opens in new window)
CET office hours from Monday to Thursday