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Accommodation for exchange students

The International Office offers accommodation to incoming exchange students. 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. Below you will find all housing rules and regulations. We advise you to read them carefully.

Information about housing

  • How to apply

    Once your application has been accepted and you have confirmed your participation in VUnet (now called VUweb), you will be able to apply for accommodation in VUweb. Accommodation will be assigned based on a first-paid, first-served principle. The date on which VU Amsterdam receives the payment of your housing fee will determine your place in the queue. As soon as you finished the housing application in VUweb, a link to pay the housing fee online will become available within a few minutes.

    Step 1
    Please confirm your participation in VUweb.

    Step 2
    Please apply for accommodation in VUweb. When you submit your application for accommodation, you can indicate your budget category preferences.

    Step 3
    Please transfer the housing fee. Accommodation will be assigned based on a first-paid, first-served principle. The date on which VU Amsterdam receives the payment will determine your place in the queue. The housing fee is charged to cover our costs in providing accommodation services to international students. For exchange students who are joining us for one semester (Fall or Spring) the fee is €250. For full-year exchange students the fee is €500We advise you to use the online payment tool, but it is also possible to pay the fee via bank transfer. The bank details are as follows:

    Account name:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Name of bank:Deutsche Bank
    Address of bank:De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    IBAN:NL49DEUT0488004470
    BIC:DEUTNL2N

    Please state your name and S+ student number (e.g. s1234567). When paid from abroad, all banking costs are to be paid by the applicant. You can pay your visa and housing fee in one transaction.

    As mentioned above, we work on a first-paid, first-served principle. Therefore we recommend that you use the online payment tool. Applications for accommodation will not be dealt with until VU Amsterdam has received this payment. In case all rooms are booked, students will be placed on a waiting list.

    Step 4
    Please wait for further instructions. You will receive additional information from the International Office by e-mail.

  • Refund

    Your housing fee will only be refunded when you cancel your application before 1 January 2022. You will need to fill out your address and bank account details in an online form. You can request the link to the form by sending an e-mail to studentaccommodation@vu.nl. It is only possible to request a refund of the housing fee after 1 January 2022 when the VU Accommodation Office did not yet offer you a room. As soon as you receive an offer, your housing fee becomes non-refundable. For example, when you are on the waiting list and you receive an offer later than 1 January then it is not possible to cancel this offer without costs. If you do not wish to be on the waiting list any more, please inform studentaccommodation@vu.nl as soon as possible.

  • Accommodation 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.

    Here you can find an overview of the types of accommodation that we offer.

  • Rental periods

    The rental periods are:

    • First semester: from mid-August to end of January
    • Full year: from mid-August to mid-August
    • Second semester: from end of January to mid-August

    Please note that:

    • Contracts cannot be extended
    • Early termination of the contract is not allowed
    • The rooms for this type of contract are furnished
  • 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. You can find more information under ‘When you arrive’.

    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 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(s)
        • If your preferences are different from the accommodation offered by 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 send an email to studentaccommodation@vu.nl or call the accommodation team at +31 (0)20 598 1813 (Mon to Fri between 9.00-12.00 AM).

    In case you would like to schedule a (telephone) meeting with the accommodation team to discuss your accommodation, please schedule a phone call in our online tool.

Contact information

Feel free to reach out to us

In case you would like to meet up with us to discuss your accommodation, please call us at T +31 (0)20 598 1813 (Mon to Fri between 9.00-12.00 AM) to schedule an appointment or schedule a phone call in our online tool.