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Finding accommodation on your own

If you are not offered a room through UvA student housing, or if you’re a senior student, you’ll need to find accommodation on your own. Options include renting a room in a private home, flat-sharing with other students, or staying in a student hotel.

UvA student housing is available for first-year international students and exchange students. Unfortunately, because of high demand, not everyone who applies for student housing gets a room.

Some first-year students, and all senior students, will have to look for accommodation independently.


How to find a room on your own

  • Affordable housing in Amsterdam is scarce, so begin your search early.
  • Please be aware of scams while searching for accommodation on various platforms (such as Facebook). Check the Iamsterdam website for tips on how to avoid housing scams.
  • Consult our list of websites and organisations that offer rooms for students.

Register with housing websites

If you decide to stay in Amsterdam for longer than one year, we strongly advise you to register on and as early as possible, as these are waiting time based platforms.