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Room types and locations

The AUAS houses international students in various off-campus buildings spread across the city of Amsterdam and Diemen.

AUAS does not own a central campus where all student rooms are located together. Instead, there are over 20 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. 

Room types AUAS housing

Shared bedroom with shared facilities (budget category 1 and 2): 
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. there is no separate common room.  The AUAS strives to be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Therefore, we think it is important that everyone is given the space to be themselves and feel safe. In order to provide all students in shared rooms with a suitable roommate, we will initially match them by gender; roommates are not matched by age or study programme. In your housing application form you can indicate your wish to share with a friend who is also eligible for housing. You and your roommate will have to make agreements on basic household rules.

Private bedroom with shared facilities (budget category 1, 2, 3 and 4): 
You have your own room (for sleeping and studying), but you share facilities (kitchen and bathroom) with 2-20 other students of mixed gender. In some cases a common room is also available. 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 of 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 video slideshow 'room types' below.

AUAS International Student Housing

Budget categories AUAS housing

The mentioned room types above are linked to 4 budget categories. When filling in the housing application form you need to choose a budget category. Please note:

  • The listed rental rates are per calendar month (including electricity, water, gas and internet). Check the cost of living in Amsterdam and public transport costs(opens in new window) before determining your monthly budget.
  • It is only possible to enter 1 budget category in your application.
  • Choosing a higher budget category will not increase your chances of receiving a room offer. Just choose the budget you can afford.
  • Your choice of budget category has no influence on your chances of receiving a room offer.
  • Unfortunately you cannot choose a specific room type within a budget category, as this depends on availability. 
  • There is limited availability in each budget category, especially in category 1 and 2. We will try to match as many students as possible with their preferred budget and we will try not to offer students a room above their maximum budget category. Keep in mind that rooms in category 1 and 2 may run out.
  • Please note that the price ranges below are still subject to change, as the rent prices for the new academic year could still change due to increased energy prices.
1.€ 400 - 500
  • Shared rooms and private rooms with shared facilities.
  • Equal chance to receive either option.
  • No chance to receive a fully private room.
  • Shared rooms are suitable to share with a friend.
2.€ 500 - 610
  • Shared rooms and private rooms with shared facilities.
  • Very high chance to receive a private/shared room.
  • No chance to receive a fully private room.
3.€ 610 - 750
  • Private rooms with shared facilities and private rooms with private facilities.
  • Equal chance to receive either room type.
4.€ 750 - 1000
  • Private rooms with shared facilities and private rooms with private facilities.
  • Very high chance to receive a fully private room.
  • This category also has a limited number of larger private rooms that are suitable for romantic couples.

Sharing a room with a friend in AUAS housing

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 both 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, as your housing applications will be handled separately in the housing lottery. 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 3 and 4. If you want to share a flat or apartment together with friends, we advise you to search the private market instead.  

Couples room (sharing with your partner) in AUAS housing

We have a limited number of couples rooms. Only if both you and your partner are eligible for AUAS Housing or UvA Housing, 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). Sometimes you need to share the kitchen and bathroom with other students on the same floor as well.

You both need to be a AUAS or UvA 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. The rental contract will be in your name, but your partner can also register on this address with the municipality. Please note that you will have to fill out a permission to register at address form for the person who’s name is not on the rental contract. See the arrival website for more details on registration with the municipality. 

We have a very limited number of couples rooms. If we run out of couples rooms, we will contact you for an alternative. We strongly recommend though to also search for housing on the private market at the same time as your AUAS housing application. 

Difference between shared and couples rooms:

You both meet the eligibility criteria for AUAS/UvA HousingYou both meet the eligibility criteria for AUAS/UvA Housing
You both need to apply separately on our housing platformOnly one of you needs to apply on our housing platform
You both need to pay the AUAS/UvA housing feeOnly one of you needs to pay the AUAS/UvA housing fee, but the fee is double the amount
You both need to apply for budget category 1: € 400-500You need to apply for budget category 4: € 750-1000
In your application, you both need to fill out your friend's details (student number and full name)In your application, you need to fill out your partner's details (student number)
You both receive a rental contract and both pay rentOnly one of you receives a rental contract and pays the rent
Rental rate is per personRental rate is per room
Single beds in a shared room with private bathroom and private kitchenDouble bed or 2 single beds, depending on availability, in a studio with private bathroom and private kitchen. Sometimes shared kitchen/bathroom with other students on the same floor.

You both need to register separately at the municipality with your personal rental contract.

You need to register together at the municipality and fill out a permission to register at address form for the person who’s name is not on the rental contract (not necessary for StuNest).

Housing for families

Unfortunately, we do not offer any housing for families. If you plan on coming to the Netherlands and bring your partner and childeren, we strongly advise you to start your search as soon as possible on the private market. Keep in mind that the average single room rate in Amsterdam is € 945 per month and for an apartment approximately € 1200-2200 per month.

Housing for students with a disability

if you have any special needs regarding your accommodation due to a disability, medical condition or chronic health condition, please contact us to discuss your housing options and to request a form which needs to be filled in by you and your treating medical professional. The deadline to submit your form to AUAS Housing for the Fall semester is Friday 7 June 2024. The deadline for Spring 2025 will be end of October 2024. Submissions after these deadlines will unfortunately not be taken into account. You also need to upload the statement in your housing application during the application period in November/June. If you do not contact AUAS Housing well in advance, it will be unfortunately difficult to meet your housing needs.

Please note:

  • Handing in a medical statement wil not increase your chances in the housing lottery. It only serves as an indication for us to provide you with suitable housing in case your housing result is positive. 
  • Our temporary housing (max. 2 semesters) cannot be extended into a more permanent residence, not even for students with a disability or chronic illness. This means that after the first two semesters you will have to arrange accommodation yourself on the private market.

Room inventory

All rooms are furnished with standard bedroom furniture, unless stated otherwise. This includes a bed, wardrobe, a desk or workstation and a chair. All housing providers also provide starter kits: a bedding set and kitchen utensils sets. Your housing provider will inform you about this before your arrival.

AUAS housing locations across Amsterdam

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 the neighbouring town Diemen. The student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential neighbourhoods. 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 necessarily more conveniently located than accommodation offered in a lower budget category.

The Dutch student housing style

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 on campus 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.

Learn more about the Amsterdam neighbourhoods(opens in new window), public transport(opens in new window) and the different AUAS university locations(opens in new window). Not sure where your AUAS programme is located? Check the Contact-page for your degree programme.

Is Amsterdam a safe city?

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a city with a pleasant and multicultural 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 safest cities worldwide in The Economist's Safe Cities Index(opens in new window). 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.

Mixed floors

Most international student rooms are situated on floors with only international students and sometimes a few Dutch students, from several universities and institutions of higher education in Amsterdam. You will be expected to comply with existing house rules and respect cultural differences. Mixed-gender (M/F/X) housing is common in the Netherlands. If you have a private room with shared facilities (kitchen/bathroom), you will share with both female and male tenants. 

Resident Assistants & care takers in AUAS housing

Resident Assistants (RA’s) are Dutch and English speaking students who live together with international students in a number of buildings of our housing providers. They can help with all kinds of questions about the building, your room or Amsterdam in general. Also, the RA’s often organise social outings and activities to get to know your neighbours or house mates. If you have any questions regarding RA's, you can contact ra-coordinator-sts@uva.nl. You can also check the building information of your housing provider for contact details and consulting hours.

Most buildings also have a designated caretaker who will take care of maintenance issues and repair requests.

AUAS housing providers

AUAS student housing has a partnership with several (social) housing associations 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.

Various student accommodations in the Netherlands are owned by (social) housing associations. These organisations offer accommodation which is cheaper than the private market because they are subsidised by the state. The government sets the rules for the allocation of social housing. AUAS Housing has been allocated a limited number of rooms every semester which are offered through our AUAS housing lottery.

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:

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 CEST.