General search tips and how to avoid scams
Please note that the platforms and websites on this page can all help you acquire housing, but are not always certified/scam-free. Use them at your own discretion and be sure to take our tips on how to search for housing and avoid scammers into account; you can find the complete list below.
Tips on how to search for accommodation in Amsterdam
- Affordable housing in Amsterdam is scarce, so begin your search as early as possible.
- Consider housing in nearby towns, such as Diemen, Haarlem, Zaandam, Almere, Purmerend, Hoofddorp and more. Public transport in the Netherlands is generally excellent, and compared to other larger capital cities the commute time from these towns is very acceptable (i.e. < 1 hour).
- The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has made a survival guide on how to find a room independently: visit their website to consult this guide.
- The ASVA Student Union provides general information about renting a room in Amsterdam and can act as a room mediator between students and landlords. They also provide guidelines on what to consider when viewing a room. For more information, please visit their webpage.
- If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Do not transfer money before a viewing (especially via Western Union or PayPal). Always check the apartment and make sure the keys work, before handing over large amounts of money. If you can’t do this yourself, again, see if you can ask someone else to help.
- Research advertised photos via google reverse image search.
- Google the landlord and address. Always good to read some reviews. And look for a KvK-number (check their registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce)
- Always ask for a contract. That gives you more security.
- Be wary of illegal fees. Examples of illegal fees are: agency fees, disproportionally high administration fees or contract fees. A deposit of one or two months’ rent is usually required. This is refunded if you leave the property in good condition.
- Be aware of illegal subletting, as this may affect your rights as a tenant.
- If in doubt, check your rights. The support agency !Woon is specialized in providing legal advice.
- The Dutch Student Union (LSVb) has a Housing Hotline. Here you can ask questions regarding housing and voice your complaints.
- The website CollegeLife offers The Complete Guide to Student Housing, with a wealth of information on how to find housing, the typical anatomy of a rental contract, and also how to avoid scams.
Lists of other, third-party housing platforms
In contrast to our page of student housing platforms, this page offers several lists of websites:
- The first list features housing providers that are not specifically targeting students. They function similarly to the providers found in the student housing platforms list, but offer accommodations that are nonstudent-specific.
- The second list consists of platforms featuring listings for accommodations. Most of them are not housing providers and do not have accommodations under their own management. However, allocation of these rooms is generally not based on waiting time. This makes them a more feasible option for students looking for an accommodation on very short notice.
- The third list concerns platforms to book temporary accommodation, such as hostels and lodges.
- The final list is a collection of miscellaneous housing ad platforms.
1. Non-student specific housing platforms
Housing providers that are not specifically targeting students. They function similarly to the providers found in the student housing platforms list, but offer accommodations that are nonstudent-specific. They are certified agencies that are free of scammers, but are often pricier in terms of rent and/or registration fees.
Offers furnished studios or 2-person apartments. Sign up to get notified when apartments become available.
A housing agency for mostly young people. Some locations are exclusively for students.
- The Social Hub
Offers fully furnished rooms with private bathroom and shared kitchen. You can subscribe to their newsletter to receive updates, news and offers.
- Hotel Jansen
An all-inclusive hotel aimed at short-stay accommodation for students and young professionals from all over the world. Fully furnished rooms with shared kitchen.
The second list consists of platforms featuring listings for accommodations. Most of them are not housing providers and do not have accommodations under their own management. However, allocation of these rooms is generally not based on waiting time. This makes them a more feasible option for students looking for an accommodation on very short notice.
2. Platforms with room listings
Platforms featuring listings for accommodations. They are not housing providers and do not have accommodations under their own management. However, allocation of these rooms is generally not based on waiting time. This makes them a more feasible option for students looking for an accommodation on very short notice. However, some websites might display unreliable offers, so please be aware of potential scams. Do not accept room offers that seem too good to be true!
Offers a large number of rooms. You need to have a personal profile to respond to room adverts. They charge a fee for membership (Premium Membership 1 month: €19,95).
- Hospi Housing
Free platform where international students can find a Dutch home at local hosts & guest families. It provides you with a soft landing and it is the perfect way to experience the Dutch culture and language.
Offers flatshares for students. One time registration fee of €35,00.
An international housing platform for students and trainees. Rooms, studios and apartments are offered by verified private landlords and by outgoing students. Sign up here to receive an UvA profile and priority access to the listings. For more information contact email@example.com
You can create a free profile to search and respond to rental housing listings. You can also sign up for “Housemate Connect”, a platform where you can find other people looking for housing and start looking for housing together.
Offers rooms. However, a fee might be required to apply for rooms.
Connects students with rooms, studios and apartments. Users can create a profile listing their specifications to receive email alerts on relevant properties.
Offers a large number of rooms. Searching the site and responding to ads is free.
Has several groups for finding a room (some in Dutch only). Please be aware of scammers in these groups! For example:
- Kamer gezocht in Amsterdam - from ASVA, the Amsterdam Student Union))
- Amsterdam Apartments - for shared apartments with more than 1 other student)
- Amsterdam Apartments 4 Rent
Another platform with housing listings, but only available in Dutch.
3. Platforms for temporary accommodation
- Wimdu / AirBnB
Online platforms with a wide range of private accommodation to rent temporarily in Amsterdam. Private parties offer rooms or whole apartments for short term rent. Please note: no registration at the municipality possible!
3 locations in Amsterdam
- Generator Hostel
- Xplore hostel
- Hans Brinker Hostel
- Wow Amsterdam
- Train Lodge
Amsterdam-West, near train station Sloterdijk
Amsterdam Noord (5 minutes by free ferry from central station)
- Hostel Sarphati
- Hostel Annemarie
- Hostel Uptown
- Youth Hostel Leidseplein
4. Miscellaneous housing platforms
With listings from all real estate agents.
Available in Dutch only.
Monthly subscription packages cost between €16,65 - €29,95 a month.
- Urban Short Stay
Mostly for PhD candidates and most apartment advertisements require a minimum income to apply.
The UvA is not responsible for the content of any of the websites mentioned above and shall not be liable for any errors or illegitimacy on these websites. Check this external website and the information above on how to avoid scams.
Webinars with tips & tricks
Finding housing is difficult in Amsterdam. To help students who are currently on the search, the International Student Housing Office hosts a webinar on how to find accommodation on your own.
- What to expect: a short presentation with general tips and tricks followed by the opportunity to ask your questions to the housing team and experienced student ambassadors.
- What not to expect: a listing of rental agencies to contact. These you can find in the four drop-down lists above.
On 25 May 2022, we hosted a webinar on what to expect and what not to expect on the private market during your search for accommodation in Amsterdam.
Recordings of earlier webinars
- A similar Housing webinar was hosted on 12 january 2022. Watch the recording of 12 January 2022