West

The West is comprised of many different neighborhoods that are perfect for students. Temporary housing is available in Houthaven, with other flats available in surrounding areas. Westerpark, and the thriving Westergasfabriek, offer places to get a cup of coffee, see a concert, or just take a walk.

  • Housing options

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  • Statistics

    Population: 135,083 | Crime Incidents: 10,950

  • Sports facilities

    CrossFitAKA, Fitness4Me, Brightside Fitness, Ettaki Gym, The Family Gym

  • Green areas

    Erasmuspark, Rembrantpark, Westerpark, Wachterliedplantsoen

  • Places to eat

    Radijs, Cafe Cook, Foodism, Zurich, Bar Spek, Edel, Staring At Jacob

  • Bars/nightclubs

    Club 8, Pacific Parc, Westergasfabriek, Bar Baarsch, Club Lite

Bos en Lommer

Description

bos_en_lommer_map_flatgenieBos en Lommer is a multicultural and family-oriented neighbourhood that has undergone massive redevelopment in recent years. The area is home to 127 nationalities, and the fact that it is actually relatively close to central with green areas such as Erasmuspark, has made it more attractive to an economically diverse population. Its cheaper rent attracts many students and artists. In terms of accommodation, the area is comprised mostly of four-story high apartment blocks. The main commercial street Bos en Lommerweg  features the outdoor market Bos en Lommberplein, which forms the heart of the area.

Places of interest

Bars/nightclubs

Cafe Sportak, Van de Buurt

Places to eat

Michelangelo, Restaurant Betawi, Bir Tat Restaurant / Pide Salonu, Birtat, Buurman & Buurman

Sports facilities

Fitness 4 Me, Mountain Network Amsterdam

Parks

Erasmuspark, Wachterliedplantsoen, Een Park

Information & statistics

Population

26,050

Residences available

Total residential houses: 12,618
For Rent: 20%
Social Housing: 59%

Student housing

Address: Bos en Lommerplein
Flat size: 28- 32 m²
Total units: 77
Monthly rent: € 455,82 – € 617,30

The Student hotel
Address: Jan van Galenstraat
Flat size: 12- 19 m²
Total units: 700
Monthly rent: € 595-, – € 850-,

Distance from Central Station

54 minutes walking distance
20 minutes by bicycle
25 minutes via Bus line 21

Oud-West

Description

oud_west_map_flatgenieOud-West is a quiet and attractive residential area within Amsterdam that covers the area around the Overtoom, De Clerqstraat and borders with Vondelpark. The bustling shopping street Kinkerstraat runs through the district, which includes supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and other convenience stores, and intersects with the Tehn Katemarket, a weekly street market with 100+ stands selling fresh produce, flowers, plants, fabric, shoes and more. The area includes a number of good and trendy places to eat, such Bicken, Lab 111 restaurant and the trendy GoldenBrown cafe. Other areas of interest include OT310, a former squat turned alternative cultural center and the SMART project space, a nonprofit visual art and contemporary culture center.

Places of interest

Bars/nightclubs

Bar Berlijn, Café Zola, Bar Spek, Thuys, Café Kostverloren

Places to eat

Fier, Louter Café Restaurant, Gary’s Deli, Café Bax, Moeders

Sports facilities

Kung Fu Amsterdam, Astanga Yoga Amsterdam

Parks

Little Park

Information & statistics

Population

24,061

Residences available

Total residential houses: 14,024
For Rent: 36%
Social Housing: 37%

Student housing

Address: Kinkerstraat
Flat size: 11- 17 m²
Total units: 12
Monthly rent: € 297,60 – € 374,71

De Eretribune
Address: Erasmusgracht
Flat size: 18.5 m²
Monthly rent: € 498,-

Distance from Central Station

33 minutes walking distance
16 minutes by bicycle
18-21 minutes via Bus line 17

De Baarjes

Description

de_baarsjes_map2_flatgenieDe Baarsjes has the highest population density in Amsterdam and is one of the most multicultural quarters of the city, with more than a 100 different nationalities and strong Suriname, Turkish and Moroccan communities. This up-and-coming neighbourhood is situated very close to the city and is attractive for families, artists and young professionals alike. Café/restaurant Bar Baarsch just off the commercial street Jan Evertsenstraat is a recommended place to drink or have a snack, and there’s also a weekly open-air market nearby on Vespuccistraat. Other places of interest include the Club 8 nightclub and the Student Hotel with reasonably priced short to long stay rooms.

Places of interest

Bars/nightclubs

Bar Baarsch

Places to eat

Fa. Speijkervet, Radijs, Café Cook, Floor17, Brussels Lof Haarlem

Sports facilities

Marcy Home Gym, Family Gym

Information & statistics

Population
24,286
Residences available

Total residential houses: 13,161
For Rent: 40%
Social Housing: 52%

Student housing

Address: Baas Gansendonckstraat,
Blauwvoetstraat,
Ernest Staesstraat

Total units: 116
Monthly rent: € 454,18 – € 580,83

Distance from Central Station

45 minutes walking distance
20 minutes by bicycle
23-30 minutes via Tram Line 13/17/7-1

Houthaven

Description

Houthavens_map_flatgenieThe Houthaven district of Amsterdam consists of a series of temporary student housing accommodations. “The containers,” as they are known, were built in the past few years out of recycled shipping containers. “The Houthaven Project” aims to gentrify the area over the coming years, eventually tearing down the student housing to make way for luxury flats. However, if you’re planning to get housing in the next year or two, the neighborhood and location are excellent. With an Albert Heijn across the street, to a 10 minute bike ride to central station or classes, these flats are perfect for students.

Places of interest

Bars/nightclubs

Café Westerdok, Dok 13, Dock 2013, Walvis,  IJ-kantine

Places to eat

REM Eiland, Pont 13, Art Café Amsterdam, Broodje Y-Tech

Museums

Museum Het Schip

Sports facilities

Squash City

Information & statistics

Population

1,909

Residences available

Total residential houses: 389
For Rent: 17%
Social Housing: 32%

Student housing

Address: Gevleweg,
Stavangerweg

Flat size: 10 m²
Total units: 190
Monthly rent: € 240,14 – € 279,41

Address: Haarlemmer Houttuinen
Flat size: 11 – 58 m²
Total units: 22
Monthly rent: € 326,27 – € 484,93

Distance from Central Station

31 minutes walking distance
13 minutes by bicycle
14-16 minutes via Bus 18/21/22/48

Westerpark

Description

westerpark_map2_flatgenieWesterpark is a neighborhood about 10 minutes (by bike) North West of Centraal station. The earliest mentions of Westerpark as a specific section of the city come from Rembrandts paintings and letters about the area. Throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the area grew in population, with people from a diverse array of cultures living and working together. Today the area is a centre for artists in Amsterdam, with numerous projects aimed at improving the neighborhood. An example of this new development in the Westergasfabriek, an old gas processing facility that now houses restaurants, tv studios, theatres, bars, and music venues. The Gasfabriek is only a small part of Westerpark, which also includes tennis courts, biking/hiking trails, a petting zoo, and numerous outdoor areas to do work or just relax.

Places of interest

Bars/nightclubs

Westerunie, Westergasterras, Pacific Parc, Westergasfabriek, Flex Bar

Places to eat

Ketelhuis, Piet de Gruyter, Toko MC, Restaurant PS

Museums

Museum Het Schip

Parks

Westerpark, Westergasfabriek, Tuinpark Nut & Genoegen,

Information & statistics

Population

35,000

Residences available

No official information available

Student housing

Address: Galgenstraat
Flat size: 26 – 38 m²
Total units: 24
Monthly rent: € 417,90 – € 643,35

Distance from Central Station

30 minutes walking distance
13 minutes by bicycle
14-16 minutes via Bus 18/21/22/48

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