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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 and determine your monthly budget. 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)

Student housing in the Netherlands by Study in NL


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. We will host a new webinar in Spring 2024. 

Finding accommodation webinar May 2023

Finding accommodation webinar January 2023

Podcast: finding student housing in the Netherlands

Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, made a podcast about finding housing. International students share their experiences and give tips on managing your expectations.

Listen to the podcast
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Rental law & how to avoid housing 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. 


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 tenants & 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 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

+31 20 525 5372(opens in new window)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-11:00 / Tuesday and Thursday 16:00-17:00 CET