As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Amsterdam is very high. Affordable housing available to UvA students is therefore limited. Students in general are advised to start looking for accommodation as early as possible. For our international students, each year we reserve a range of furnished accommodation in Amsterdam with different housing corporations.

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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 high. It is a challenge to find suitable accommodation. 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. In total, the UvA has more than 1,700 rooms to allot to international students .The rent for these rooms varies according to type, size and location. Individual students cannot apply for rooms themselves, but must be put forward by their faculties. Not every faculty guarantees student housing, but in the last few years we have been able to offer nearly all first-year international students a room. International students can rent accommodation through the University with a maximum duration of one year.

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Student housing locations

The university accommodation is located in different areas of Amsterdam and Diemen. Room types and locations can range from a flat with other students in Zuidoost to small scale accommodation in the city centre. All different student buildings can be reached easily from the city centre by public transport or by bike. Although there are student accommodations at different locations and different parts of the city, it is not possible to apply for a specific one. For more information on rooms at specific locations, you can visit the websites of the Housing Corporations.

Housing corporations

De Key, DUWO and Ymere 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. DUWO is the oldest and biggest student accommodator in the Netherlands, and rents out approximately 16,000 units, mainly to (Dutch) students. In Amsterdam, the UvA reserves approximately 400 rooms to accommodate international students. The UvA rents 12 rooms from Housing Corporation Ymere.

The department at De Key that handles international student housing is called Short Stay Facilities, and the department at DUWO is called Accommodate.

International Student Affairs

19 March 2014