Accommodation for exchange students

Accommodation for exchange students

The International Office offers accommodation to participants in the exchange programmes. There are furnished rooms with private or shared facilities. The number of rooms available is limited, so we cannot guarantee accommodation for every student, but the International Office will do its utmost best to find suitable accommodation for everyone. In order to improve your chances of obtaining accommodation you are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible.

In our Rules and Regulations you can find more information on the rental periods and the application and refund procedure.

Application for accommodation

Once your application has been accepted and you have confirmed your participation in VUnet, you will receive an email with information on how to apply for accommodation.
The deadline for accommodation applications is 1 June 2017. Please indicate if you want Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to help you find accommodation and the maximum rental price that you are prepared to pay as an indication. (please note that this preference will not limit your options).

We strive to accommodate all students who apply for accommodation in VUnet and pay the housing fee before the deadline of 1 June 2017. Should we not be able to accommodate you directly after June 1st you will be offered accommodation based on availability or you will be placed on the waiting list and will be informed when there is a cancellation immediately.

More information on how to navigate in Vunet.

Housing fee

If you wish to obtain accommodation through VU Amsterdam, then you must pay a fee. This housing fee is charged to cover our costs in providing housing services to international students. For exchange students coming to VU Amsterdam the fee is €400 for the entire academic year and €200 for one semester. You can pay this fee online in VUnet or by bank transfer. Please make sure the fee is in our account by 1 June 2017 (first semester/full year) or 1 December 2017 (second semester) at the very latest. Applications for accommodation will not be dealt with until the university has received this sum. In case you apply and/or pay after the deadline, you will be placed on a waiting list. 

Refund

If you cancel your application before 11 July 2017, your housing fee can be refunded. We will need your address and bank account details in a form. You can request the link to the form by email: studentaccommodation@vu.nl. A refund of your housing fee after the deadline of 11 July 2017 (or 19 December 2017 for the second semester) is only possible if you did not receive an offer for accommodation, regardless if you accept or decline the offer.

Room types

Accommodation for exchange students consists of furnished (single) rooms with private or shared facilities. It is common that men and women live together in the same student house. Given the shortage of good accommodation, you may find the room you get is rather small and not of the standard you had expected. Accommodation in Amsterdam is not only limited, but can also be more expensive than at home. Thinking about these things in advance could help avoid unpleasant surprises later. We are trying to manage your expectations.

We have made a document with all the different types of accommodation on offer for you.

Rental prices

The rental prices mentioned are per month and services costs (water, electricity, cable internet etc.) are included in the price. All prices mentioned are subject to change, and as such you cannot derive a right from these prices. You can find the (range of) rental prices for each accommodation in document with all the different types of accommodation.

Rental period

The rental period will depend on the type of accommodation you choose:

Housing cooperation
Type of accommodation
Rental period
DUWO
Accommodate (furnished)
One semester
18 August 2017 – 30 January 2018 OR
2 February 2018 – mid August 2018
DUWO
Accommodate (furnished)
Two semesters
18 August 2017 – mid August 2018
Hotel Jansen
Furnished, high level service
15 August 2017 – 31 January 2018
The Student Hotel
Furnished, high level service
1 September 2017 – 31 January 2018 OR
1 September 2017 – 30 June 2018
Have you arranged your accommodation with VU Amsterdam and you are staying in a room from DUWO? You can collect your keys as of Friday 18 August 2017 or Monday 21 August 2017 during the arrival days, or after that date during DUWO office hours.

Registration with the municipality

If you will stay in the Netherlands for more than four months, then you need to register with the local authorities, the municipality. After registration the municipality office will send a social security number (BSN) to your Dutch address.

Required documents

  • Passport or European ID card
  • Rental agreement for your Dutch address (if you do not have a rental agreement then you must bring a written statement of approval signed by the main tenant and a copy of his/her passport).
  • Birth Certificate (legalized)* - please note that this is only required if you are staying for longer than one year in accommodation outside of Amsterdam or Amstelveen. If your birth certificate is not in Dutch, English, French or German, then you must supply a sworn translation into one of these languages.

Students who are married will also need to bring their marriage certificate (legalized).*

* The legalization method depends on the respective country. The Dutch missions in other countries are responsible for legalizing foreign documents for use in the Netherlands. The documents must first have been legalized by the country’s own authorities, usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the document was issued.

Directions

Finding other student accommodation

Finding a place to live in Amsterdam is not easy, as there is a serious shortage of accommodation for students. Although the International Office of VU Amsterdam will do its utmost best to arrange suitable accommodation for everyone, in the following cases VU Amsterdam may not provide accommodation:

    • If you will bring your family or pet;
    • Housing requests that have been received after the deadline might not be granted but placed on a waiting list; 
    • If your preferences do not need the accommodation on offer from VU Amsterdam

If you fit in one of these categories, we strongly advise you to have a look at the following accommodation alternatives. There are various Dutch websites that offer housing in Amsterdam and they provide useful information on finding accommodation. 

Be aware that when responding to adverts offering accommodation, there may be some fraudulent operators around. Please look out for scams. VU Amsterdam cannot be held responsible for the services delivered by any provider of alternative accommodation. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Contact

If you have any questions about accommodation please check our FAQ or if you cannot find the answer, please send an email to studentaccommodation@vu.nl.

In case you would like to meet up with us to discuss your accommodation, please call T +31 (0)20 59 84691 or schedule a phone call in our online tool.