Finding accommodation

Where to start

It can be a challenge to find a place to live in Amsterdam. It may take a while before you find accommodation that suits your needs.

You are therefore advised to plan ample time for house hunting: try to arrive a few days or weeks before starting with work. The faculty or unit where you will be working at the UvA may sometimes be able to assist you in finding proper accommodation, but this isn't always the case.

Most UvA faculties can offer a limited amount of furnished and unfurnished accommodation to their international staff. Unfortunately, supply is limited and it is not always possible to find suitable accommodation through the UvA. However, contacting your faculty's housing officer is usually a good first step to take before starting your search.

Private sector

Another option is renting property in the private sector. Rents for a one bedroom flat start from around 700 euros per month; paying twice that sum is not uncommon. A deposit is customary and is usually the equivalent of one or two months’ rent. Tenancy agreements can be concluded for fixed periods of time and changed at the discretion of the tenant (or landlord, depending on the circumstances). You should therefore read your tenancy agreement carefully. For example, if you wish to lease a house or apartment for six months, do not sign an agreement for a year.

There are a number of Internet sites where you can start your search (see the link section below). Don’t forget to tell your colleagues and personal contacts that you are looking for accommodation. Many apartments change tenants through informal networks.

The UvA has a mailing list called Private Offers, where individuals can offer their accommodation for sublet. Please contact the Staff Immigration Office for more information.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

20 February 2017