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.
We highly recommend finding accommodation that allows registration at the municipality. In order to secure a BSN number (your Dutch citizen’s service number), you need to be registered at the municipality. You need a BSN number to obtain Dutch insurance, a telephone number, a bank account, or a job. If you move into a room where registration is not allowed, we urge students to only view this as a temporary initial solution, and to register at the municipality within three months after arriving in the Netherlands. For non-EU students, if you have not registered by the end of your third month, the IND will eventually proceed with the cancellation of your residence permit and you will need to leave the country.
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 not specifically intended for students. They are certified agencies that are free of scammers, but are often pricier in terms of rent and/or registration fees.
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. 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!
The third list concerns platforms for booking temporary accommodation, such as hostels and lodges.
The final list is a collection of miscellaneous housing ad platforms.
Finding housing is difficult in Amsterdam. To help students who are currently on the search, the International Student Housing Office hosted a webinar on how to find accommodation on your own.
On 22 May 2023, we hosted a webinar on what to expect and what not to expect on the private market during your search for accommodation in Amsterdam.