As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Amsterdam is high. Affordable housing available to UvA students is therefore limited. Students are advised to start looking for accommodation as early as possible.
Housing for international students
Like most Dutch universities, the University of Amsterdam does not have a campus, and demand for student housing in Amsterdam is very high. It is a challenge to find suitable accommodation, and therefore it is important to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible. To assist international students in finding appropriate accommodation, the university has signed agreements with various housing corporations. These corporations offer furnished accommodation to students for one or two semesters only. Sheets and blankets are available at cost price. The rent for these rooms varies according to type, size and location.
Student housing locations
In total, the UvA has more than 1,700 rooms to allot to international students. The university accommodation is located in different areas of Amsterdam and Diemen. Locations can range from a flat with many other students in Zuid-Oost to small scale accommodation in the city centre. However, it is not possible to apply for certain locations. All different places can be reached from the city center within 20 minutes by public transport
De Key and Stichting DUWO are non-profit social housing corporations located in Amsterdam. De Key owns more than 33,000 rental units, 6,000 of which are rented to (mainly Dutch) students. Around 1,500 rooms with different types of facilities are made available for short-term leases to international students at the UvA. Stichting DUWO is the oldest and biggest student accommodation office in the Netherlands. It rents approximately 16,000 units, mainly to (Dutch) students. Of the 6,000 of these rooms located in Amsterdam, the UvA rents approximately 250 rooms to accommodate international students.
The department at De Key that handles international student housing is called Short Stay Facilities, and the department at DUWO is called Short Stay Housing.