How to find student accommodation in Amsterdam

Some universities and institutions have access to a limited number of rooms for international students. UvA and Vrije Universiteit, 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. 

Try a student housing corporation

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.

Websites for finding student accommodation

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.  

ASVA Student Union features a selection of rooms for rent. In addition, they offer free juridical advice and a range of cheap, legal bikes.

Facebook groups for finding rooms in Amsterdam

Facebook groups are quickly becoming the go-to way to find a room or apartment in Amsterdam. Here are the most actively updated groups:

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.

Upcoming developments

Plans are in place to build more student accommodation in Amsterdam to meet the increasing need. Below is a summary of the recent developments. 

  • Smiley at Zeeburgereiland - a newly completed housing complex under student corporation (DUWO) with 364 units. 
  • Nieuw Dok and Nautique Living - two recently completed housing complexes for students and youth at NDSM-wharf.
  • New student housing at Lelylaan is due to be completed in April 2017.
  • In 2015 almost 3000 student houses were built, along with a further 1000 in 2016. 50% of these were specifically designed for international students.

Future plans:

  • Plans are underway to build new student apartments in the North and Southeast of Amsterdam in 2017 and 2018. A map showing the current and planned housing options can be viewed here.