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The student rooms are located in over 20 different off-campus buildings spread across the city. These buildings are owned and managed by housing providers who have a partnership with the UvA. Different room types, price ranges and locations are available.
Exterior at Bijltjespad

What sort of rooms are available at UvA student housing?

There are three room types available:

  • Shared bedroom with shared facilities
  • Private bedroom with shared facilities
  • Private bedroom with private facilities (some are suitable for couples)

Rooms within a room type may be different, but the basics of the rooms remain the same. All of our rooms have basic furnishing.

How do I indicate which room type I want?

Room types are linked to four monthly rent budget categories. When filling in the housing application form you need to enter a budget category. Before you choose a budget category, inform yourself about the costs of UvA student housing.

Please note:

  • The listed rental rates are prices per calendar month including electricity, water, gas and internet.
  • It is only possible to enter 1 budget category in your application.
  • Your choice of budget category has no influence on your chances of receiving a room offer.
  • Choosing a higher budget category will not increase your chances of receiving a room offer. Just choose the budget you can afford.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot choose a specific room type within a budget category, as this depends on availability.
  • There is limited availability in each budget category, especially in category 1 and 2. We will try to match as many students as possible with their preferred budget and we will try not to offer students a room above their maximum budget category. Keep in mind that rooms in category 1 and 2 may run out.

What type of room can I expect in each budget category?

Room types Private bedroom Private facilities Budget category
Shared room No No 1, 2
Private room with shared facilities Yes No 1, 2, 3, 4
Private room Yes Yes 3, 4
Couples room Yes Yes* 4

* Some have shared facilities

Please note that the budget price ranges above are still subject to change, as the rent prices for the new academic year could still change.

Sharing a room with a friend in UvA housing

If you would like to live in a shared room with a friend, you and your friend must both be eligible for UvA or AUAS housing and both apply separately via our housing form. You are both required to pay the UvA/AUAS housing fee. You can state your wish to share in your application forms. Sharing with a friend is only possible in budget category 1 (shared rooms). The request for a share can unfortunately never be guaranteed. The mentioned rental rate is per person, not per room and you will both receive a separate rental contract.

It is unfortunately not possible to sign up with a friend in the budget categories 2, 3 and 4. If you want to share a flat or apartment together with friends, we advise you to search the private market instead.

Couples room (sharing with your partner) in UvA housing

We have a limited number of couples rooms. If both you and your partner plan to study in Amsterdam and want to live together, you may apply for a couples room. These are studio apartments suitable for couples without accompanying children. The studios have a double bed and private facilities (kitchenette/bathroom). Sometimes you need to share the kitchen and bathroom with other students on the same floor as well.

You both need to be a UvA or AUAS student and you only need one housing application, but you are required to pay the double AUAS housing fee. In your application form, you can request a couples room in budget category 4. The mentioned monthly rates are per room, not per person. The rental contract will be in your name only, but your partner can also register on this address with the municipality. Please note that you will have to fill out a “permission to register at address form” for the person whose name is not on the rental contract. See the arrival website for more details on registration with the municipality.

We have a very limited number of couples rooms. If we run out of couples rooms, we will contact you for an alternative. We strongly recommend though to also search for housing on the private market at the same time as your UvA housing application.

Difference between shared and couples rooms:

Shared Couples
You both need to be a student at the UvA or AUAS You both need to be a student at the UvA or AUAS
You both need to apply separately on our housing platform Only one of you needs to apply on our housing platform
You both need to pay the UvA housing fee Only one of you needs to pay the UvA housing fee, but the fee is double the amount
You both need to apply for budget category 1: < € 400-500 You need to apply for budget category 4: € 750-1000
In your application, you both need to fill out your friend's details (student number and full name) In your application, you need to fill out your partner's details (student number)
You both receive a rental contract and both pay rent Only one of you receives a rental contract and pays the rent
Rental rate is per person Rental rate is per room
Single beds in a shared room with private bathroom and private kitchen Double bed or 2 single beds, depending on availability, in a studio with private bathroom and private kitchen. Sometimes shared kitchen/bathroom with other students on the same floor.
You both need to register separately at the municipality with your personal rental contract. You need to register together at the municipality and fill out a permission to register at address form for the person who’s name is not on the rental contract (not necessary for StuNest).

What are the UvA student housing locations?

The UvA does not have a big campus where all the rooms are located, but we have over 20 different off-campus buildings throughout the whole city. The student housing buildings are mostly situated in residential neighborhoods.

It is not possible to request a specific location. All students are assigned randomly to rooms within their budget category. Location and budget category are not linked. Student housing in a higher budget category is not more conveniently located than that in a lower budget category.

The maximum travel time from the housing locations to the UvA’s campuses is for Dutch standards relatively low: about 45 minutes. Most locals travel by bike or public transport. Check the 9292 route planner (for public transport) or Google Maps to find your way in Amsterdam. If you would like to learn more about the different areas check our page on different neighborhoods in Amsterdam.

Find more information about Amsterdam neighborhoods, the public transport system and the locations of the University of Amsterdam.

The towers at Rode Kruislaan in Diemen

Who's going to be the housing provider that sends me a housing offer?

UvA international student housing has partnerships with multiple housing providers:

The rooms are owned and managed by the housing providers but reserved by the UvA for our international students. UvA housing will forward your information to one of the housing providers, and they will send you the room offer. The UvA also uses the platform for students to book their rooms.

Resident Assistants & caretakers in UvA housing

Resident Assistants (RA’s) are Dutch and English speaking students who live together with international students in a number of buildings of our housing providers. They can help with all kinds of questions about the building, your room or Amsterdam in general. Also, the RA’s often organise social outings and activities. If you have any questions regarding RA's, you can contact Check the building information of your housing provider for contact details and consulting hours.

Most buildings also have a designated caretaker who will take care of maintenance issues and repair requests.