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Costs of UvA student housing

Rent is between €350 and €850 per month, depending on what type of room you have. In addition to rent, you must pay administrative fees, a refundable deposit and in some cases local taxes.

www.uva.nl/housing 2018

Rent

Rents for student housing vary between €350 to €800 per month. The exact figure depends on the room type, including the size, whether it's a private or shared room and the type of facilities (private or shared).

The monthly rent does not include administration fees, deposit and local taxes. You can pay in monthly instalments.

Rental period

When you rent a room in student housing, you commit to paying for:

  • a minimum of one semester
  • a maximum of one year

The start dates in the 2019-2020 academic year are 19 August 2019 for the first semester and 29 January 2020 for the second semester. Renting month by month is not possible, nor can you terminate your contract early.

Extending your rental period

During the course of the semester, when you are eligible, you might receive information from your International Office about possibilities for extending your rental contract. In general:

  • If your rental contract is for one semester, you might be able to extend it for a second semester. Whether this is possible depends on availability.

Administration fees

UvA housing fee

When you submit your application for housing, you'll be asked to pay a fee to help cover the UvA's expenses related to providing student housing. You can pay online, in Euros, using a credit card or PayPal.

The UvA housing fee will be refunded if we are unable to offer you a room. If we offer you a room but you don’t make use of this offer, the fee will not be refunded.

Housing providers administration fee and deposit

You will be offered a room from one of the housing providers who work with us to provide student housing. The administration fee and deposit you are required to pay depends on which housing provider you’re assigned to. More information is available in the PDF below.

Additional charges and first rental payment at Housing partner (PDF, 1 p.)

Local taxes

Anyone living in Amsterdam who has their own private facilities (bathroom, kitchen) is expected to pay local taxes for services such as rubbish collection, water and sewage. These taxes are not included in the rent. The tax bill will be sent to you directly by the City of Amsterdam.

To make sure whether you do or do not have to pay local taxes, please contact your housing provider.

Appealing local taxes

You need not pay these taxes if you have a low income. Consult the City of Amsterdam website for information (in Dutch) on how to submit an appeal.

Financial support

If you live on your own with private facilities, you may be eligible for a rent benefit (in Dutch: huurtoeslag) from the Dutch government. Check the Step-by-step plan below. 

The government tax office provides detailed information on rent benefit eligibility conditions and how to apply.

Step-by-step plan for applying Housing allowance (PDF, 8 p.)