The International Office of VU Amsterdam offers various services for its international guests and employees. These services include support in finding accommodation. Once your supervisor at VU Amsterdam registered you as employee, you will receive an offer letter in the form of an email. It will explain how to apply for accommodation via our International Office. If you do not receive this offer letter via email please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the application form.
If you are looking for alternative accommodation, please be aware of the scams and never make payments before you see the room and checking the key is really opening your apartment’s door.
Types on offer
We have two types of accommodation, short stay (up to one year) and long stay PhD housing for the whole duration of your PhD trajectory (up to 5 years).
An example of pricing:
The apartments that we offer are from various social housing corporations in the Amsterdam area. Regular Amsterdam residents have to wait an average of 8.7 years to be assigned this type of housing. With the social housing corporations we have arranged that we are able to assign a certain number of apartments to our international guests, staff members and (visiting) PhD students. However, since the Amsterdam area’s housing market is an overstretched market, we do not have an inexhaustible supply and therefore we cannot guarantee housing.
Most international guests, staff members and (visiting) PhD students temporarily live in our Short Stay housing. These apartments are meant to be used as accommodation for guests who stay for a short period and by international members of staff and PhD students as a landing place, from where they can start their search for their own accommodation. Depending on the availability, we can offer accommodation in Short Stay housing for a minimum period of one month and a maximum period of one year. This type of accommodation generally concerns complete furnished studios with private facilities. More information about the studios in Short Stay housing.
Limited number of studios and small apartments are available that can be rented for the complete period of the VU PhD project with a maximum of 5 years. This type of accommodation generally concerns unfurnished studios with private facilities. More information about the different apartments in PhD housing. The current average waiting time for this type of accommodation is 18 months. Therefore, most international PhD candidates first live in our Short Stay housing. More information about the studios in Short Stay housing.
We only provide short term accommodation for families. Should you arrive as a family it is recommended to keep your eyes open for alternative accommodation as well. We do not have any PhD housing available for families.