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 arranging health insurance.
To help you prepare for your arrival in the Netherlands, the arrival team hosts interactive webinars before the start of each semester.
The basics of how to get around Amsterdam by metro, bus and tram.
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.
Immigration (non EU only)
Collect your residence permit
AUAS notifies you when your permit is ready. You must then make an appointment to pick it up from IND.
Register with the municipality
Registering with the municipality is essential for opening a bank account, visiting a doctor or starting work.
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.
You must have health insurance when coming to the Netherlands. Find out what applies to you and if you need to take out local Dutch insurance. Other types of insurance are also strongly recommended, in addition to health insurance.
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.
Meet other students
Find out about our thriving student networks created for you to make friends, learn from others and enjoy great cultural and music events. They are especially designed to help you settle in as an international student and get your AUAS experience off to a flying start.