Every year dozens of young people move to Amsterdam to study, making it one of the greatest student cities in Europe. Still, that comes at a price: Finding a place to stay can be rather challenging! Housing is in hot demand when it comes to Amsterdam, and therefore it takes some time and a lot of effort to find the right accommodation for you. Here you will find some tips and tricks to help you make the procedure of looking for accommodation as easy as possible!
1) Contact your university
The first and easiest thing to do is to reach out to your university! Most of the time, the student desk will guide students through the process and provide help regarding housing!
In the following links, you will find all the possible contacts/forms for any kind of student issues: https://vunet.login.vu.nl/Pages/contact-student.aspx
2) Looking for accommodation online
Searching for accommodation online is also another good option! Kamer.nl (https://www.kamer.nl/), Room.nl ( https://www.room.nl/ ) and Rooftrack.nl (https://www.rooftrack.nl/en/) are super easy and convenient websites to use, and they give you a plethora of options to choose from. Nevertheless, you have to keep in mind that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is! Try to avoid scams by double checking the provider and asking for extra information.
Furthermore, searching for accommodation via a Facebook group is common nowadays as well! Make a post that includes some interesting facts about you, and try to make it appealing! A few Facebook groups you can join are:
- Amsterdam Housing Apartment Flat Room House Rent 2020
- Amsterdam Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets
- Amsterdam Apartments 4 Rent
3) Contact a housing corporation
In the Netherlands, there are some non-profit housing corporations for students that can help you with housing as well. The most well-known ones are DUWO (https://www.duwo.nl/) and De Key (https://www.dekey.nl/). Both of them offer a plethora of housing options, depending on what a student personally prefers. All you have to do is check their websites and contact them either via phone or email.
Once you are done house hunting, you have to keep some other things in mind as well!
I. Check if the rent price includes all the additional costs, such as water, gas and electricity. Some times you they are excluded from the rent and you have to pay them in addition!
II. Renting equals registration! You will have to register with the municipality, in order to be able to legally stay at your new home!
III. Before signing an contract, pay attention to the contract form! Illegal subletting is a thing and you should look out for it!
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