Upon arrival

This is your guide to beginning life in Amsterdam when studying at AUAS. Some of the items are compulsory, others will help you on your way. Some you can also take care of before you arrive, such as registering with the municipality (gemeente).

Public transport

The basics of how to get around Amsterdam by metro, bus and tram.

More about public transport


Collect your keys

If you've arranged accommodation through AUAS, you can pick up the keys to your new place as soon as your rental contract begins.

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Collect your residence permit

AUAS notifies you when your permit is ready. You must then make an appointment to pick it up from IND.

Find out how


Register with the municipality

Registering with the municipality is essential for opening a bank account, visiting a doctor or starting work.

How to register

Financial matters

Open a Dutch bank account

Once you have arrived in the Netherlands, it is very convenient to open a Dutch bank account. With the debit card which you receive when opening a Dutch bank account, it is easy and free of charge to pay at supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.

Find out how


Health insurance

You must have health insurance when coming to the Netherlands. If you're here for longer than 4 months this must be from a Dutch provider.

Find out more

Student ID card

Collect your student ID

Your student ID is easy to organise. It is essential for life on campus and accessing student discounts.

Find out more

Find a buddy

Get paired with a more experienced student to help you settle in to Amsterdam and student life.

Get paired

Arrival webinars

To help you prepare for your arrival in the Netherlands, the arrival team hosts interactive webinars before the start of each semester.

More about arrival webinars