Finding a student room / housing in Amsterdam can be a challenge. Ask any Amsterdam local resident or student how to find accommodation and you will discover that it is quite difficult to find something. Unfortunately, we cannot really help you out with this issue, but what we can do to help you though is give you a list of websites you could check out.
- The most useful websites are the UvA and AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) housing websites. They for example have procedures in place to help international students find housing. Generally, these include a private bedroom and a shared kitchen, bathroom and living space. These spaces are highly sought-after so don’t delay your application. If you apply early, they give you a much better chance to find a room than any Dutch student could have. Furthermore, you will also find some very useful tips and tricks on how to find a room in Amsterdam that fits your needs.
- As mentioned already, ISN cannot really help you with finding student accommodation. However, we did set up a Facebook page where many students post available rooms for subletting or people looking for a roommate.
ISN Housing FB Page
Other facebook groups
- The ASVA is a student run organization just like ISN, and they also give tips and tricks regarding student housing in Amsterdam. ASVA Student Union features a selection of rooms for rent. In addition, they offer free juridical advice and a range of cheap, legal bikes. They can also help you out in case you do not trust certain housing ads, and they can also function as a mediator and even have a couple of student accommodations available every year.
- Last but not least, here are two links to the main student housing corporations of Amsterdam; if you have a room in Amsterdam there is a good chance it is with one of these organizations. There are several non-profit social housing corporations in Amsterdam that specialise in working with students. De Key owns more than 33, 000 rental units in and around Amsterdam. DUWO is the largest provider of student accommodation in the Netherlands and Ymere (website in Dutch) offers properties in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Alkmaar and surrounding areas. These webpages will help you set up or give you more information about the accommodation you will be staying in. Representatives of DUWO and De Key will also be present at the UvA and AUAS pick-up day at the start of the semester. Here, you will get your room key if you have already arranged your accommodation.
Other websites for finding student accomodation
You can also check out these websites to find alternative student housing, including temporary and long term options. Note: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Have a read of these tips to avoid rental scams, as sadly they sometimes target students.
- Kamernet is a large search engine of rental apartments and rooms. A fee is required to respond to advertisements.
- Studentkamers (in Dutch) is a similar site dedicated to students.
- KamersAmsterdam (in Dutch) features a range of affordable, student-friendly rooms in Amsterdam.
- Rooftrack is a convenient way to search all of the current rental listings from housing corporations and real estate developers. The site is in English and allows you to create a profile that filters your preferences.
- The Student Hotel is a “cheekily innovative” new concept that is somewhere in between a hotel and student accommodation. You can view the rooms online and book for a week or whole semester.
- Hotel Jansen is new short-stay hotel for students, new graduates and interns in Amsterdam. The tastefully-decorated rooms can be rented for one day up to six months.
- Housing Anywhere is a new initiative where students can exchange their rooms with other students around the world for short term stays.
- Students for students acts as a liaison between students, graduates and housing providers.
- Student Experience provides modern fully-furnished apartments close to Vrije Universiteit.
- Pararius is a hub of short and long-term rental properties through various agencies.
- Funda is a free website with loads of properties for rent and purchase.
Things to keep in mind:
- Everyone who lives in the Netherlands (Dutch and expats) needs to register with the local municipality, so make this a priority once you’ve found your new home. Find out more about registration.
- Check whether the rent is inclusive (inclusief) of gas, water, electricity etc and factor this in to the cost.
- 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 can affect your rights as a tenant.
Learn more about renting a property in Amsterdam.