Living in Amsterdam

The demand for student housing in Amsterdam is high. It won’t be easy to find accommodation, however it’s not impossible. On the basis of vision document entitled Studeren in de Topstad (Studying in the Top City), higher educational institutions in Amsterdam (AHK, Rietveld Academie, HvA, InHolland, UvA and VU) have been working with municipalities and housing corporations in order to increase the number of student accommodations. Special attention is also being devoted to international students.

How do I find a room?

  • !WOON Various housing corporations offer student housing in Amsterdam. If you have any questions about this, you can contact !WOON
  • StudentenWoningWeb Housing corporations (De Key, DUWO and Ymere) with rooms and houses for students place their available accommodation on this website. You pay one-off registration costs of €22.50 and you can subsequently respond to an unlimited number of accommodations available. Ymere(website in Dutch only) also offers the possibility to rent temporary accommodations, which are doing to be demolished or renovated in the future. 
  • The Student Hotel (TSH) has more than 700 rooms that are rented to both Dutch and international students. The length of study may vary from 1 week to 10 months. Permanent accommodation is not possible.
  • DUWO is a student housing corporation in the Netherlands with an online platform for studenthousing. This video provides an introduction to the different ways there are to find housing. International students get priority for rooms at Dennenrodepad, Darlingstraat, Opaallaan (in Hoofddorp) and Schoonzichtlaan (in Haarlem) for rooms of which the contract starts in June, July and August.

The City of Amsterdam has made a housing guide for students. Here you will read how you can find accommodation in Amsterdam, but also a lot of information about what you should look out for.

For music students

Students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam can benefit from the accommodation available from the Jan Pietersz. Huis Foundation, an organisation which is especially aimed at creating housing and workspaces for music students (fitted with special sound insulation). The foundation has approximately 350 rooms spread out across the city, including the Medieval Bethaniënklooster(Bethany Convent).

Subletting or renting rooms during a stay abroad

Students who are going on an exchange or internship/work placement abroad and would like to sublet their room, or who want to rent a room themselves, can do that via the website HousingAnywhere.com. Read more about this initiative

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