UvA and AUAS
The most useful websites are the UvA and AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) housing websites. They for example have procedures in place to help international students find housing. Generally, these include a private bedroom and a shared kitchen, bathroom and living space. These spaces are highly sought-after so don’t delay your application. If you apply early, they give you a much better chance to find a room than any Dutch student could have. Furthermore, you will also find some very useful tips and tricks on how to find a room in Amsterdam that fits your needs.
ISN set up a Facebook page where many students post available rooms for subletting or people looking for a roommate. There are also multiple other facebook groups where students post available rooms. Sometimes students who are searching for a new roommate organize a ‘hospiteeravond’, an evening that they invite some students to get to know each other, so they can choose their new roommate.
The ASVA is a student run organization just like ISN, and they also give tips and tricks regarding student housing in Amsterdam. ASVA Student Union features a selection of rooms for rent. In addition, they offer free juridical advice and a range of cheap, legal bikes. They can also help you out in case you do not trust certain housing ads, and they can also function as a mediator and even have a couple of student accommodations available every year.
Something to keep in mind
Check whether the rent is inclusive (inclusief) of gas, water, electricity etc and factor this into the cost. A deposit of one or two months’ rent is usually required. This is refunded if you leave the property in good condition. Be aware of illegal subletting as this can affect your rights as a tenant. Learn more about renting a property in Amsterdam.