Register with the municipality

Everyone living in the Netherlands for more than four months must register at the municipality (gemeente). This is a simple process which takes place at your local municipality office.


To register at the municipality of Amsterdam, the AUAS will organize specific registration days for our international students for easy and fast registration. This way, students will receive their BSN number faster. Do not make a regular appointment with the municipality, as this process will be slow and inefficient. We will announce the registration days and location for students arriving in the Spring 2023 semester in due time.

You need to bring:

  • your valid passport (or European Union ID card)
  • printed copy of the identity details pages (personal details & photo) of your passport or copy of your EU ID card
    If you have more than one nationality and more than one passport, you are required to bring all your passports.
  • a printed copy of your rental contract
  • your student ID card or proof of enrollment at  the AUAS

Please prepare all the printed documents carefully before your appointment.


If you are going to live at Rode Kruislaan (De Key) or OurCampus, you will have to register at the municipality of Diemen, a neighbouring town of Amsterdam. We will announce the registration days for students arriving in the Spring 2023 semester in due time.

You need to bring:

  • your passport (or European Union ID card)
  • printed copy of your passport (or European ID card)
  • printed copy of your rental contract (the pages with your full name and address)
  • students who require visa: your residence permit. If you did not receive this yet, please show proof of your residence permit application (‘Kennisgevingsbrief’ in the email from AUAS Immigration Affairs)
  • printed copy of the completed registration form of the Municipality of Diemen (see link to pdf below)

Diemen municipality address:
D.J. Den Hartoglaan 1
1111 ZB Diemen

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

Once registered, you will receive a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer/BSN). You will need this number when you open a Dutch bank account, visit a doctor, receive hospital treatment or start work. In most cases, you will receive a citizen service number(opens in new window) within 3-4 weeks after your appointment with the municipality.

Don't have a place to stay yet?     

Officially, you must register as soon as possible and within 5 days after your arrival in the Netherlands. If you do not have a place to live yet, you cannot register anywhere unfortunately.

No rental contract?

If you do not have a rental contract, because you stay in the house of a friend or relative, the landlord/primary occupant/home owner needs to fill out and sign a permission to register at address form(opens in new window) (pdf download). You need to bring this document as well to your appointment. This is for the municipality of Amsterdam only. For other municipalities, please check their procedure yourself.

Changing address within Amsterdam?

Notify the municipality on time if you change address(opens in new window).

Other municipalities

Check the website of the specific municipality for how to register and what documents you need to bring. You might be required to bring a birth certificate as well.

The online Student Immigration tool is a handy way of finding the immigration information that is relevant for you: 

Student Immigration tool
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