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What you need to know

Student housing in Amsterdam is difficult to find. There is a limited number of rooms available, which is only enough to provide accommodation for about half of the incoming students. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of getting a room.

Am I eligible for UvA student housing?

UvA student housing is meant as a 'soft landing' in the Netherlands. This way, students who have just arrived and do not know Amsterdam yet, instantly have a place to stay.




You are eligible for the Housing service when:

  • You start your first year at the UvA (bachelor/master/exchange)
  • Your study program is taught in English
  • Your previous education was outside of the Netherlands
  • You currently don’t live in the Netherlands

When you have been conditionally accepted* to an English-taught study programme you will receive an invitation to the housing application system.

* When you apply for a study program close to the final deadline, your study application might not receive the status ‘conditionally accepted’ in time for the housing application. Faculties have different processing times, so keep this in mind when applying (late) for a study program, as the housing system works on a first come, first served basis.

Students with an AES, ASTS or AMS scholarships

Students who are granted an Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES), an Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship (ASTS) or an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) and want to use the UvA Housing Service have priority for accommodation.

When can I apply for student housing?

The exact moment when you can start completing your online application form, per student group:

Student group (based on nationality) Start time for housing application
Bachelor's rest of world (outside EU) Thursday 4 June 2020, 8am CET (7am GMT)
Bachelor's European Union/EEA*/Swiss Wednesday 10 June 2020, 8am CET (7am GMT)
Master's rest of world (outside EU) Thursday 4 June 2020, 8am CET (7am GMT)
Master's European Union/EEA*/Swiss Wednesday 10 June 2020, 8am (7am GMT)
Exchange rest of world (outside EU) - CANCELLED*** Monday 15 June 2020, 8am (7am GMT) - CANCELLED
Exchange European Union/EEA*/Swiss - CANCELLED*** Thursday 18 June 2020, 8am (7am GMT) - CANCELLED
Scholarship students (AES-ASTS-AMS)** Wednesday 10 June 2020, 8am (7am GMT)

* European Economic Area

** See previous paragraph on eligibility and scholarships.

*** Unfortunately, all inbound exchange programs for Fall 2020 have been cancelled. Please refer to the UvA COVID-19 page for more information.

Before the moment that the procedure starts, you will receive an invitation email with a link to the application form about 48 hours prior to the time below that applies to you. If you did not receive an invitation email 24 hours prior to the time stated below, please contact the International Student Housing Office.

You are able to access the link only from the specific start time that applies to you. The speed with which you submit the application form, will determine your position of entry in our records. In other words, the applications are handled in the order in which they are received. Only after you have finalized your application, you will be considered eligible for a room. To find out exactly what you need to do, check the webpage for the procedure and how to finalize your application.

Why are there different start dates for the housing application?

UvA International Student Housing has approximately 2500 rooms. We have two target groups for housing:

    • Degree-seeking students (students starting a master's or bachelor's programme)
    • Exchange students  (1 semester or full year)

The application for both groups is on a first come, first served basis. However, in accordance with the International Office of all faculties, students who don't have a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationality, are given the opportunity to apply early. This is because students from outside these regions are required to have a Dutch address to maintain their residence permit in the Netherlands.

How long can I stay in housing provided by UvA student housing?

All student housing contracts have a fixed rental period, with a maximum of one year. Students will get a rental period (1 or 2 semesters) as shown below. Renting for the entire fixed period means that you will be required to pay the rent up to and including the last date of your contract.

Type of study program Maximum duration rental contract Rental period
Exchange (1 semester) 1 semester 14 August 2020 - 25 January 2021


Master (1 & 2 years)

Exchange (2 semesters)

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters

14 August 2020 - 13 August 2021*

14 August 2020 - 13 August 2021*

14 August 2020 - 13 August 2021*

* Some locations will not have the fixed end date in August, but in June or July due to arriving Summer School students.

When this contract ends, you will need to arrange your own housing (if your study programme continues after this period). It is not possible to shorten or extend your rental contract/get a rent reduction for late arrival or early departure. Please be aware that finding accommodation in Amsterdam after this period can still be very complicated.

Can I use UvA Housing if I have a disability?

Students with a disability can contact the International Student Housing Office to discuss their housing options.

Make sure that you have a medical statement from your doctor with information as to why you have specific needs for your housing. UvA Housing requires that you upload the statement in your application.

If you do not contact UvA Housing well in advance, it will be difficult, or even impossible to meet your housing needs.

Why can’t UvA student housing help every student with a place to stay?

Amsterdam is a very popular place to live. Students (Dutch and international), as well as many others are looking for places to stay, and therefore affordable housing is scarce.

In this tight housing market, UvA International Student Housing has a limited number of rooms (approx. 2500 units) reserved, in which roughly half of the incoming, international students can be accommodated. This means that the other half has to find a place on their own.

Don’t underestimate this, it often takes weeks or even months to find suitable accommodation. Therefore, we encourage everyone to start in time, and even if you have applied for student housing, to also look for accommodation independently.

For help, check out the webpage on how to find a room.

Terms and conditions

If you would like to use the UvA student housing service, please be aware of our terms and conditions. In short, they state:

  • An accommodation is not guaranteed
  • Your housing contract is for a fixed period
  • It is not possible to extend/shorten your contract
  • You will only receive one housing offer
  • The UvA housing fee is non-refundable
  • You agree with all additional costs associated with renting a room
  • You agree that we store and use your personal data for a maximum of 3 years
  • You agree that we share your personal data with a housing provider
  • It is not possible to request a specific location or building

In addition, please make sure you have read the full terms and conditions before finalizing your online housing application form: