Four city campuses

Teaching and research activities at the UvA take place at four city campuses. Some classes are taught in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories. Humanities and social science programmes are mainly offered in the city centre - in the University Quarter and at Roeterseiland Campus. The UvA’s science programmes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities at Amsterdam Science Park while medicine is offered at UMC.

University Quarter

This campus is the intellectual heart of the city and hosts the Humanities Faculty with its broad range of disciplines. It is also home to the University Library, which is the place to meet for anyone interested in culture and scholarship.

Picture of the Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis

The 17th-century Bushuis, in the University Quarter, is home to the Faculty of Humanities.

Roeterseiland Campus

Home to the faculties of Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Law. A place where traditional boundaries disappear and discussions on social issues take place. Also home to CREA, the student cultural organisation.

Roeterseiland Campus

Students on the grass at Roeterseiland Campus, looking out towards the CREA building.

Amsterdam Science Park

One of the largest science campuses in Europe. A hub for research innovation and entrepreneurship, with major research institutions and about 120 companies and spin-offs, as well as a large University Sports Centre and the Amsterdam University College.

Science Park UvA

The walkway leading to Science Park 904 and the Universum sports centre.

Amsterdam UMC

The Academic Medical Center is a meeting place for outstanding scientific talent. Medical disciplines collaborate and intercross, and students learn their profession alongside doctors, nurses and patients.

students of the study programme Medicine

Medicine students at the Academic Medical Center.

The city as a campus

The UvA once made use of about 85 different buildings scattered across Amsterdam. Several properties were not up to the standards of modern-day teaching and research and lacked space for cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

By reducing the number of locations and clustering its activities at four locations, the UvA aims to foster greater collaboration between disciplines and provide a space where staff, students, alumni, collaboration partners and local residents can meet and interact.

Clustering also helps to blur traditional boundaries – boundaries between faculties, between the university and other organisations, and between the university and society as a whole. The campuses are meant to be a place where societal issues can be discussed and debated and where innovative teaching and pioneering research take place.

Ongoing development

Consolidating the UvA's teaching and research activities within four campuses is an ongoing process. Read the latest developments on the campus development website.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

12 November 2018