Accommodation for PhD students and Guests

Since it can be very difficult (and expensive) to find a room in Amsterdam our International Office has accommodation available for international PhD’s and guests.

Short Stay housing

Depending on the availability, we can offer our international PhD’s, visiting staff, Post Docs and guests accommodation for a minimum period of one month and a maximum period of one year (if available) in the Short Stay Housing. This type of accommodation generally concerns complete furnished studios with private facilities. More information about the studios in Short Stay housing.

PhD housing

For our international VU Amsterdam PhD students we have a very limited number of studios and small apartments available that can be rented for the complete period of the PhD project with a maximum of 5 years. This type of accommodation generally concerns unfurnished studios with private facilities. More information about the different apartments in PhD housing.

Htel Apartments

VU Amsterdam has a a contract with Htel Serviced Apartments. They provide fully furnished apartments for short and extended stay based on full service. There are 300 apartments in two locations: Amsterdam Buitenveldert and Amstelveen. The apartments are luxurious and vary in size from 22m2 to 335m2. When booking, please inform them that you are a guest of VU Amsterdam to get a nice discount.

How to apply

You will receive an application form by e-mail. We advise you to send in your application form as soon as possible to have the best chance to get housing upon arrival.

If you are an international VU Amsterdam PhD student you may apply for Short Stay Housing and PhD Housing. Please be aware that there is a waiting list for PhD Housing, which means we will not be able to offer such housing within a short period after your application is submitted.

Housing Fee

In order to cover the costs of VU Amsterdam in providing housing for international guests, we charge a housing fee. The exact amount of this fee depends on the length of your rental period. For rental periods less than 6 months, we charge a €250,- housing fee. For rental periods that are longer than 6 months and up till 12 months, we charge a €500,- housing fee. This fee is only charged once we have been able to find accommodation for you. You will receive more information about it when we confirm your accommodation. For PhD students, the housing fee is €500,- for the complete period of the rental contract. In the following document you can find more information about the housing fee.


In case you need accommodation for a short period of time in the Netherlands, you can also contact travel agency ATP for booking accommodation or a hotel. ATP is a partner of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. You can call +31 (0)20 201 1350 or send an email to Please do not book your accommodation directly via ATP, but use the previous mentioned phone number or e-mail address. 

In case you want to find another hotel, we advise you to book a hotel near the city center or near Amsterdam Zuid. You can find hotels by using various specialized websites.

Further information

Please note that it is not possible for us to arrange a viewing of the studios beforehand. This is because the studios are constantly occupied.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Rules and Regulations PhD / Guest Housing