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Frequently asked questions - Housing FAQs

Eligibility requirements

Application questions

  • Why do I have to wait until May/June to apply for housing? Will it not be too late to search for housing independently if I do not get a room offer from the UvA?

    Unfortunately, we cannot start any earlier with the housing applications. Several UvA study programmes have different application deadlines up until May/June. These study applications need to be processed and reviewed. We would like to give everyone a fair chance to apply for housing. Therefore, everyone can apply at the same time in a specific time frame around May/June.

  • Can I use UvA Housing if I have a disability?

    If you have any special needs regarding your accommodation due to a disability or medical condition, please contact us to discuss your housing options and to request a form which needs to be filled in by you and your treating medical professional.

    UvA Housing requires that you upload the completed form in your application. Submissions after the housing deadline can unfortunately not be taken into account.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    No, unfortunately pets are not allowed in our student accommodations. If you want to bring your pet, we advise you to search for housing on the private market.

  • Can I use UvA student housing if I am younger than 18 years old?

    Yes, most of the housing providers accept students younger than 18 years old. In some cases, they will ask your parents/legal guardian to sign the rental contract together with you (digitally).

  • Can I share housing with friends?

    We offer shared rooms (sleeping and living in the same room) in budget category 1 but it is unfortunately not possible to sign up with a friend for flat sharing. If you want to share a flat or apartment together with friends, we advise you to search on the private market instead.

  • Are my room mates/house mates from the same university/faculty?

    All of our housing is also offered via other educational institutions in Amsterdam. It is therefore likely you will also be sharing with students from other educational institutions.

  • Can I book the same building as my friends or close to my friends?

    Our housing is allocated randomly based on your indicated budget category. Therefore, it is unfortunately not possible to book a room in the same building as your friends.

  • Can I share housing with my partner when they are not a UvA student?

    Yes. If you intend to bring your partner, you can apply for a couples room. Only one of you needs to be a UvA student. More information can be found here.

  • Why are some applications prioritized despite the lottery?

    UvA International Student Housing has reserved approximately 3000 rooms, which is not enough to accommodate everyone. We prioritize applications from the following students within the randomized selection from the lottery due to their circumstances:

    • First year bachelor/master students without a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationality who are required to have a Dutch address to maintain their residence permit
    • Recipients of an AMS, AES, or ASTS scholarship who are required to have a Dutch address to maintain their residence permit and/or scholarship in the Netherlands
  • What will you do with my personal data after my housing application? (GDPR)

    The information sent in the housing application form will be used by the UvA to offer our housing services. For that reason, the UvA stores and shares this information with its housing partners and the Municipality of Amsterdam. These housing partners require this information to offer rooms within the contingent of UvA, while the Municipality needs it to designate you as a resident of Amsterdam. To establish if you are still eligible for a room through the housing service of the UvA, the UvA will save your data for a maximum of 3 years. The UvA may also use this information to approach you for participation in research to improve our service.

Receiving a room offer

  • Can I choose a location or building?

    Our housing service is allocated randomly based on your indicated budget category. Therefore, it is unfortunately not possible to indicate a preferred building or location.

  • What room types do you offer?

    Please have a look at the locations and room types.

  • Can I view any of the locations/buildings?

    Unfortunately it is not possible to view any locations or buildings before moving in. We work with several different housing providers and our buildings are spread out throughout the city of Amsterdam. Our rooms are always fully booked. For privacy reasons we cannot show occupied rooms. To get an impression of the offered accommodation, you can visit the websites of our housing partners:

  • Are there any hidden costs?

    All our monthly rental rates include electricity, water, gas and internet. In addition to rent, you must pay administrative fees, a refundable deposit and in some cases local taxes. Please see the costs for UvA student housing.

  • Are meals included?

    No. Your housing has a kitchen to cook your own meals. We do not offer any housing with meal plans.

  • Can I pay the total rent for an entire semester or year upfront?

    Sometimes. With some housing providers, it is possible to pay your rent for an entire year or semester upfront. The default option is to pay in monthly instalments. Contact your housing provider in case you are interested to pay your total rent upfront.

  • When can I move in?

    You will be able to move in from the starting date stated in your rental contract. Make sure to prepare for arrival, and do not forget to arrange your key pick up with your housing provider. If you decide to travel to Amsterdam earlier than the start date of your contract, you will need to make alternative arrangements.

  • Furnishing, kitchen utensils, bedding

    All rooms are furnished with standard bedroom furniture, unless otherwise stated. This includes a bed, wardrobe, a desk or workstation and a chair. Most housing providers also provide starter kits, bed linen sets and/or kitchen sets. Your housing provider will inform you about this before your arrival.

  • Why can I not change the end date of my contract?

    The UvA Housing service offers rental contracts for a fixed period of time. Therefore, it is unfortunately not possible to change the end date of your contract. For example, when you want to leave the Netherlands because your classes are over, when you have found a (summer) job, or when you have found alternative housing before the end of your UvA Housing contract, you unfortunately cannot terminate your UvA Housing contract early.

  • Why do I have to pay for July and August if I plan to leave earlier?

    The UvA Housing service offers rental contracts for a fixed period of time. Therefore, it is unfortunately not possible to change the end date of your contract. For example, when you want to leave the Netherlands because your classes are over, when you have found a (summer) job, or when you have found alternative housing before the end of your UvA Housing contract, you unfortunately cannot terminate your UvA Housing contract early.

Cancellation policy

  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    You can find an overview of our cancellation and refund policy in the table below.

      UvA Housing fee Costs at housing provider
    I did not receive a housing offer (yet) Full refund (€200 for 1 semester, or € 395 for 2 semesters) Not applicable
    I received a housing offer but did not book my accommodation No refund Not applicable
    I received a housing offer and I booked my accommodation No refund* Check the cancellation policy with your housing provider, but as a rule: A room reservation can be cancelled free of charge (refund of deposit and first month rent), up to one month before the starting date of the lease. The administration fee will never be refunded.

    * Unfortunately no exceptions can be made if your visa application or study or course enrolment was unsuccessful.

    I have not received a room offer yet. How do I cancel my housing application?

    You can cancel your housing application yourself. Open your housing request via your personal page on MyInfo. After your cancellation, you can request a refund by filling out the refund form and providing us with your bank details. We do not automatically refund your housing fee.

    I have received a room offer. How do I cancel my housing application?

    Contact the International Student Housing Office in order to cancel your application. Please note that the UvA housing fee will not be refunded.

    What if I decide to cancel my study enrolment at the UvA?

    If you cancel your study enrolment, don’t forget to also cancel your housing application. In case you have not received a room offer yet, you can cancel your housing request via your personal page on MyInfo. In case you have received a room offer, you need to notify the housing office of your wish to cancel your housing request.

    I have already booked a room. What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    If you want to cancel your room reservation, please contact us. Be aware that you will unfortunately not be able to reserve another room when you cancel your reservation. It depends on when you cancel your room reservation if you will receive a refund. In the table above you can find an overview of the cancellation and refund policy of the UvA housing fee and the costs that you made for booking your room at one of the housing providers.

    Can I cancel my rental contract if I have already arrived in Amsterdam?

    Our rental contracts are semester contracts with a fixed end date. When you sign your rental contract, you agree with the fixed rental period with a maximum of 1 or 2 semesters. These contracts can only be terminated early when you cancel your study enrolment.

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