Below you can find information on Amsterdam neighbourhoods, both the ones where the University has student accommodation, and neighbourhoods where the University does not have rooms to rent out. All neighbourhoods listed below are nice and relatively safe to live in.
Compared to cities like Paris and London, Amsterdam is a very small city with only 858,100 inhabitants. It is only 13 km (9 miles) from the extreme west to the extreme east of Amsterdam.
Travelling times to the city centre listed below are mostly by bike.
The city centre consists of the historic city, including the Jordaan:
Amsterdam's southern area consists of the following neighbourhoods:
The western part of Amsterdam is divided into the following neighbourhoods:
Slotervaart is a quiet neighbourhood. The student residences Meer en Vaart and Erasmusgracht are located in this neighbourhood. It is 30 minutes from the centre.
The neighbourhoods Oud-West, Bos en Lommer and the temporary student accommodation at Houthavens are nearby a park called Westerpark. Besides traditional park facilities such as a tennis court, this park contains industrial remains of a former gas factory, the Westergasfabriek. The factory dates back to 1885 and now houses various cultural facilities including a cinema and several cafés and restaurants. Its buildings are used as venues for parties and plays throughout the year.
The Old East area is an accessible neighbourhood with lots of student life. It is 5-10 minutes from the centre and consists of the following neighbourhoods:
IJburg is a quiet residential neighbourhood and consists of six artificial islands which have been raised from the IJ Lake. There is a tramline connecting the islands to Amsterdam central station, and there are busses going into Amsterdam East. The area is famous for its modern architecture and there is also a beach area called Blijburg. The Blijburg beach area was created in 2003 and was the first beach in Amsterdam.
Apart from the Dappermarkt pictured above there are many other markets in Amsterdam. Follow the link below to find out when and where they take place.
The area Zuidoost, also called the Bijlmer, is situated at the South East of Amsterdam. It is a multicultural neighbourhood, with over 130 nationalities. The city plan in this part of Amsterdam is exceptional; the Bijlmer was developed in the late 1960's. Today, when walking through this area, one can still see the remains of these large scale plans, which include clear cut separation of living, working and traffic, high buildings and large green areas.
The area is being populated by an increasing number of students. Currently, there are around 900 students living in this neighbourhood, and more student accommodation is developed.
From the centre of Amsterdam it is about 30-45 minutes by bike. It is also easily accessible by metro.
Although Diemen has its own city council and mayor, it is even nearer to the city centre than some other parts of Amsterdam. From Diemen it is easy to access the city, or walk along the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal to experience typical Dutch cultural landscapes.
Diemen is located south of Watergraafsmeer. It is a quiet middle-class neighbourhood, 30 minutes from the centre by bike, or 10 minutes by train. The student residence De Rode Kruislaan, rented out by de Key, is located here, and consist of five large student flats accommodating around 900 students (both Dutch and international).
From Diemen it is only a short bike ride to the Amsterdam neighbourhoods East (Oost), IJburg and Southeast (Zuidoost). In East there is an ice skating rink called the Jaap Edenbaan. This outdoor skating rink is open during the winter months. A trip to the Jaap Edenbaan will give you the chance to experience this popular Dutch outdoor activity. Check the website for more information:
Amsterdam Noord (North) is a short ferry ride across the IJ from Amsterdam Central Station. There are many different types of accommodation there, ranging from modern high-rise buildings to country cottages. You have to cross the river IJ to get there.
On the northern banks of the IJ you can also find the NDSM Wharf (also a short ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station). This former shipyard is now the centre for underground culture in Amsterdam. For more information see the website: