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What you need to know

The University of Amsterdam has reserved a number of rooms with reliable housing providers in the Amsterdam area. Our short-stay programme can accommodate roughly half of the newly incoming international students each year. If we cannot offer you a room, you will have to find accommodation on your own.

Start looking for accommodation months before your arrival

The UvA cannot arrange accommodation for every incoming international student. Dutch universities are not allowed to own student housing, which means that you are responsible for arranging accommodation yourself. Therefore, we strongly recommend to take these two steps at the same time:

  1. Start looking for accommodation independently while you are still in your home country
  2. Apply for UvA Student Housing

Who is eligible for UvA student housing?

UvA Student Housing is meant as a 'soft landing'  for a maximum of one or two semesters for students who meet the following eligibility criteria.

The requirements for eligibility: 

  • You are going to start your first year at UvA (Bachelor/Master/Exchange)
  • your study programme is taught in English
  • your previous education was outside of the Netherlands
  • you currently don’t live in the Netherlands
  • you are (conditionally*) accepted to your study programme

The processing time of study applications can differ per faculty. Keep in mind that when applying (late) for a study programme, your study application might not receive the status ‘conditionally accepted’ in time for the housing application. The housing department does not prioritize students when their faculty has a long processing time.

When can I apply for student housing?

The upcoming application round for students who are starting their studies in February 2023, will be open from Tuesday 1 November 2022 9:00 CET until Wednesday 9 November 2022 15:00 CET. This means that you will have nine days* to complete the application form and pay the UvA housing fee. After these nine days, all applicants will be assigned a random place on the waiting list via lottery.

* We strongly recommend that you complete your application on time. Please do not wait until the last day, as we cannot make exceptions for applicants who miss the deadline.

How can I apply for UvA student housing?

Students starting their studies in February 2023 who are considered eligible for student housing by their faculty will receive an email from* with the link to the housing application form 1-2 days before the application starting date (1 November 2022). If you have not yet received your (un)conditional offer on 1 November from your faculty, it is possible that you receive your housing invitation after the start of the application period. In this case, the deadline for completing your application remains 9 November 15:00 CET.

The message from is automatically sent to the email address you used to register on Studielink. If you have not received the email in your personal (spam) inbox, or if you are an exchange student, it may have been sent to your UvA email address.

* is a 'no-reply' email address.

Housing lottery system

To make the allocation of housing as fair as possible for all students, we work with a lottery system. However, due to the housing shortage we prioritize some applications. Within the randomized ranking we will prioritize students with AES, ASTS or AMS scholarships and Non-EU/EEA students if we receive their housing applications before 9 November 2022 15:00 CET.

How long can I stay in housing provided by UvA student housing?

All student housing contracts have a fixed rental period, with a maximum of one year. Students will get a rental period (1 or 2 semesters) as shown below. Renting for the entire fixed period means that you will be required to pay the rent up to and including the last date of your contract.

Type of study programme Maximum duration rental contract
Bachelor's 2 semesters
Master's (1 & 2 years) 2 semesters
Exchange 1 semester 1 semester
Exchange 2 semesters 2 semesters

Please note that all contracts start on 1 February 2023. The exact end dates are listed in the room offer during the booking process and on the contract for the accommodation.

Shortening or extending the UvA student housing contract

It is not possible to shorten or extend your rental contract, or get a rent reduction for late arrival or early departure.

If you want to stay in Amsterdam after your housing contract provided by UvA housing ends, you will need to search for housing independently. The room you stayed in is needed again for a newly arriving international student. Please be aware that finding accommodation in Amsterdam after this period can still be very complicated. For more information, check out the webpage on how to find a room independently.

Cancellation policy

It is not possible to cancel your housing contract, unless you terminate your enrolment or in case of significant personal circumstances.

Read more about our cancellation policy on the webpage Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I use UvA Housing if I have a disability?

Yes, students with a disability or chronic health condition can contact the International Student Housing Office to discuss their housing options and to request a form which needs to be filled in by the student and their 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.

Terms and conditions

If you would like to use the UvA student housing service, please be aware of our terms and conditions. In short, they state:

  • Accommodation is not guaranteed
  • Your housing contract is for a fixed period
  • It is not possible to extend/shorten your contract
  • You will only receive one housing offer
  • The UvA housing fee is non-refundable
  • You agree with all additional costs associated with renting a room
  • You agree that we store and use your personal data for a maximum of 3 years
  • You agree that we share your personal data with a housing provider
  • It is not possible to request a specific location or building

In addition, please make sure you have read the full terms and conditions before finalising your online housing application form: