An easy-to-navigate collection of resources about housing and other practical matters in Amsterdam. From lists of user and privately offered accommodation, alternative ways of living in Amsterdam, to tips on what to do once you’ve arrived, this resource section provides trustworthy information written by people who live, work and study in the city.
FAQs and Resource lists
De Key and DUWO are the biggest housing providers for students in Amsterdam. The waiting lists for both corporations are usually short, however allocation can sometimes take up to 6-12 months. Both are used by the universities in Amsterdam to accommodate their students. The smaller corporation Ymere has less available accommodation across the city and is generally aimed at Dutch students. This agency doesn’t have the best reputation in dealing with international students and should be avoided.
Housing CorporationsDe Key DUWO Ymere Stadgenoot
There are two main websites for finding apartments or houses for rent and sale in Amsterdam. For international students and expats, we recommend Pararius because its in English and acts as an information aggregator with a good internal search engine and it’s updated daily. Funda NL is the biggest housing aggregator in The Netherlands, however as it is mainly aimed at people who want to buy property in Amsterdam, it’s in Dutch.
Housing AggregatorsPararius Funda NL Jaap
There are various websites to use when searching for user posted housing, but please be aware when searching on these sites as most of them include scams and outdated housing information. According to our research Kamernet is the most widely used and alongside Easy Kamer they provide information on individual rooms for rent and not apartments. Most of these sites are in Dutch, however the prices, size of the room and street names are easy to understand and you can contact the advertiser to ask further questions.
Translated keywords to help you get started
Kamer = Room
Huur = Rent
Te Koop = For Sale
Huisgenoten = Room Mate
Anti-Kraak = Anti Squatting
Woonruinte = Type of Accommodation
User listed accommodation websitesKamertje
In case you were placed on a waiting list or simply couldn’t find where to stay once you arrived in Amsterdam, last minute short-to-long stay alternatives are available at the Student Hotel and Casa 400. The Student Hotel functions all year round as student accommodation with rooms starting at €595 and Casa 400 is a hotel that rents rooms to students during low tourist season (1st October – 31st May) with rooms starting at €415.
Temporary student roomsStudent Hotel Casa 400
If your an adventurous type person and interested in a non-traditional way of living in Amsterdam you can sometimes find accommodation with anti-squat agencies. With the aim of keeping squatters out from buildings which are either empty or soon to be renovated, property owners turn into anti-squat agencies to keep their houses filled with tenants. This provides a cheap housing option for students and young people with symbolic rents ranging from €50-€200 per month, although there is the downside of very modest living conditions (i.e. lack of hot water) and short leaving notices (usually 1 month). Details depend on the contract signed with a specific agency.
Anti-squat agenciesBureau voor Tijdelijke Bewoning (Office for Temporary Housing) Zwerfkei Tijdelijk Beheer Camelot
If you’ve finished your studies and are ready for the step next of finding a more definite place to live, you should consider researching via the websites previously mentioned such as Funda and Jaap. The housing corporations such as De Key also work mutually on the platform Woningweb, where they provide social housing for Amsterdam citizens. But bear in mind that there’s a waiting list from 7 to 10 years! Funda and Jaap are focused for those who already have a good job, with an income of approx €34,000 or higher.
Social housingFunda Jaap Woningweb
Tips for when you arrive
Travelling around Amsterdam (and The Netherlands, as a matter of fact) is quite easy and the city has an extensive transport system. To make traveling around the city as cheap and easy as possible, get yourself a OV Chipkaart from one of the major stations (Centraal, Amstel or Zuid). The Chipkaart is a personal, multiple-use travel card that you can add credit to and use on all public transport in The Netherlands. On ns.nl you can plan train journeys and on 9292 you can find out what transport to use to connect you from A to B.
Getting an OV ChipkaartYou can either apply anonymously or register for an OV Chipkaart. Both have the cost of €7,50. In case it gets lost or stolen, you can transfer your balance to a new OV Chipkaart
Getting a bike
Amsterdam is one of the finest cities in the world for bicycles and the vast majority of Amsterdammers get around town on their estimated 881,000 fietsen (bikes). The city (and the entire country!) is flat and roads are adapted for bikes, with special cycling lanes and respectful car drivers. There are 400km of bike lanes in Amsterdam. As a student, we recommend buying a bike from the ASVA student organization and the Waterlooplein flea market. The average bike price is generally around €70-60. Of course, you can also buy in the shops of your preference. But we don’t advise you to buy a bike from a junkie downtown! You actually can get a fine if police caught you on act.
By law in The Netherlands you have to be register yourself with the municipality under the address you’re residing in. In order to this this, you have to visit the Gemeente (public authority) of the area you live in with your passport and a statement/contract that proves your address. This applies if you are also renting a single room in a house or apartment, as the owner must provide a rental statement. If you don’t register it’s much harder for you to open a bank account for example.
Having a Dutch bank account will make your life much easier if your planning on staying for a long time. Firstly, it allows you to pay in places which accept payment via PIN Card (the Dutch personal bank card), as many supermarkets/stores often do not accept foreign debit or credit cards such as. You also will be able to get a subscription for many services, such as gym and mobile services.
The major banks in the country are:ABN Amro ING Rabobank
When residing in The Netherlands it’s mandatory by law to have basic health insurance, or you are obliged to take the Dutch basisverzekering equivalent. This also applies to international university students who are studying in the country for any period of time and European students can use their EU healthcards. Dutch basic health insurance costs around €1100 a year, therefore it might be cheaper to keep any current insurance before changing. If searching for Dutch health insurance, we recommend the website Independer.nl which gives you an overview of all health insurances companies.
Useful WebsitesIndepender.nl kiesBeter.nl Zilveren Kruis insurance (also for students) Aon student insurance
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