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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 ine 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 myinfo@uva.nl* with the link to the housing application form 48 hours before the application starting date (1 November 2022). 

The message from myinfo@uva.nl 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.

* myinfo@uva.nl 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 Rental period*
Bachelor's 2 semesters 1 February 2023 – 29 January 2024
Master's (1 & 2 years) 2 semesters 1 February 2023 – 29 January 2024
Exchange 1 semester 1 semester 1 February 2023 – 14 August 2023*
Exchange 2 semesters 2 semesters 1 February 2023 – 29 January 2024

* Rental contracts of some buildings have different end dates in summer due to renovations and housing of Summer School programmes. Please note the actual end date listed while booking.

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 can contact the International Student Housing Office to discuss their housing options.

Make sure that you have a medical statement from your doctor with information as to why you have specific needs for your housing. UvA Housing requires that you upload the statement in your application.

If you do not contact UvA Housing well in advance or apply for housing late, it may not be possible to meet your housing needs.

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: