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Accomodation for PhD students and guests

VU Amsterdam has a limited number of studios available.

These studios are offered exclusively for international (non-Dutch) staff, guests and PhD candidates who do not yet live in the Netherlands. Our strong advise is that you don’t rely solely on our housing service, but to try and find housing yourself as well.


Affordable housing is hard to get by in the Netherlands, especially in popular cities like around Amsterdam. We recommend you start to search for accommodation as soon as you know you will be coming to the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, so space is scarce. House prices in the Netherlands have surged in the last few years, and as a result, finding affordable accommodation in the main Dutch cities can be a challenge. Unlike what you might be used to, a substantial part of your budget will probably be spent on rent and other housing related costs. For example, a one-bedroom apartment to rent in Amsterdam can range from €1,100 € 1,700 a month while three-bedroom apartments start from around €2,300. In addition, there will be mandatory costs for utility and water bills, municipal taxes and insurances.

Depending on the neighborhood and size of the apartment or house, count on approximately €1,200-€ 1,500 euros a month for just the rent of a studio / small apartment. In addition, there will be mandatory costs for utility and water bills, municipal taxes and insurances.  If you are planning to come to Amsterdam with your partner and or children, be aware that it is even more difficult to find affordable housing in Amsterdam and surroundings.

Information on the following website might also be usefull: Access website


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.

What to expect about housing in Amsterdam
Our short stay accommodation consists of furnished rooms with private facilities. Given the shortage of accommodation, you may find the room you get is smaller or not the standard you had expected. Accommodation in Amsterdam is not only very limited, but also very expensive. The accommodation we offer are rooms in the social housing market for which people in the Netherlands regularly will have to wait around 10 up to 12 years for. The number of couple / family apartments is even more limited.

The short stay accommodation options are at Uilenstede (Amstelveen) and also located in various areas of the Amsterdam metropolitan area. In a relatively small city as Amsterdam, we consider all of these locations as safe and nearby the Vu. Vu Amsterdam can be reached easily by bike and public transport from all the locations.


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.


Unfortunately, most of the accommodation we offer are for 1 person. For couples and families, options are even less than for individual persons. The number 2 or 3 room apartments we offer is very, very limited and are only available for the maximum period of one year.

We advise families with children to find their own accommodation on the private market  and search for contracts longer than 1 year.  It is allways difficult if you have to move to a different location with finding new schools/ daycare / general practitioners.

Another option is for guest / employees to come alone to the Netherlands first and try to find accommodation for their families while living here.


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.


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.


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.


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.