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Coronavirus-related housing updates

Arriving at UvA in times of Corona

Your arrival for the academic year 2020-2021 might be different than planned due to the coronavirus. Check the webpage Upon Arrival for information about the steps you need to take when arriving in Amsterdam and the information about self-quarantine.

I am currently in my home country. Can I apply for housing for the second semester 2020-2021 (Spring 2021)?

Yes. You can still apply for housing for the Spring semester. You can rent accommodation through the International Student Housing Office for one semester, from 27 January 2021* up to the summer of 2021**. It is unfortunately not possible to extend your rental contract after this semester.

Before you register, make sure to inform yourself about the International Student Housing Office. Have a look at the webpages about the types of rooms, locations, and the costs of housing.

Please bear in mind that the International Student Housing Office cannot guarantee that enough rooms will be available if you decide to come to Amsterdam in the Spring 2021 semester.

* You can still apply after this date, the contract start date will then move to a later date.

** Rental contracts of some buildings have different end dates in summer due to renovations and housing of Summer School programmes.

How do I apply?

If you are an international student interested in student housing, please fill out the following "Interest form". The interest form is available until further announcement and depending on available rooms. Application is also open for second and third year international students.

At this point, your application is not complete yet. After submitting the interest form, you will receive an invitation email from with a link to start your official housing application and pay the housing fee.

The moment you finalize (by paying the UvA housing fee) and submit the application form, will determine your position of entry in our records. In other words, the applications are handled in the order in which they are received. Only after you have finalized your application, you will be considered eligible for a room.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note that our regular cancellation policy applies. This means that the housing fee is only refundable if you have not yet received a housing offer from us. Additionally, our rental contracts can only be terminated early when you cancel your enrolment at UvA. However, we understand that these are strange and very uncertain times.

Please contact us if you need to return to your home country or are unable to come to the Netherlands due to corona-related measures. We will try to find a suitable solution together.


The information above might contradict with other parts of this website, on which the normal International Student Housing procedures are explained.

However, the policy above is specifically created for the current situation, due to the effects of the global corona crisis.

More coronavirus info

For additional information, see the coronavirus updates and frequently asked questions for UvA students.