• Multi-cultural City

    The world’s most multi-cultural city with a population of 750,000 and 180 different nationalities, even more than New York City.

  • The home of international business

    A major financial centre and birthplace of the world's first stock exchange

  • with over 2,500 international students and researchers from over 100 countries

  • A world top 100 university, ranked in the top 30 universities in Europe.

  • The Dutch education system is student centred and focused on teamwork, making it easy to meet other international students

Life on campus

The University of Amsterdam is a modern university with a rich history, providing a high-quality education in inspiring surroundings.

The University is a world-class centre for research and teaching, and is committed to helping students think in an original, independent and academic way.

The University is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, overlooking the famous canals. Surrounded by history and culture, and within a short walk of the shops and restaurants in the city centre, the University of Amsterdam is the perfect base to enrich your student experience.

Download our student handbook for more information.

Living in Amsterdam

Living in Coventry

Amsterdam is one of the best cities in the world to live, according to Mercer’s 2012 ‘Quality of Living Survey’. It is also one of the safest capital cities in Europe.

Find out more about the city of Amsterdam

ONCAMPUS Amsterdam offers University accommodation through the University of Amsterdam, and private accommodation through the Student Hotel.

Find out more about accommodation options in Amsterdam

Average rent in University-managed accommodation:  €300–€550 per month
Internet access on the University of Amsterdam campus: FREE
Transport by bike: FREE
Student meal at the student restaurant Agora: €4.00
Drinks at the Student Café Krater: €1.60
Unlimited access to fitness facilities for one year at the University Sports Centre:  €154 per year
Cinema ticket: €10.00

Your guide to Amsterdam

Clubs and Societies

University Student Union Sports & Societies

The University of Amsterdam has many student associations catering to a variety of student needs including social clubs, career and study societies and cultural and sporting societies. Some of the most prominent of these include:

  • Student Union

The ASVA is the student union for all UvA students and supports a range of study and student guilds, both social and academic. For more information see www.asva.nl.

  • International Student Network (ISN)

ISN is an organisation run by Dutch students for international students studying in Amsterdam. Their goal is to optimize the social-cultural integration of international students into Dutch society. They organize weekly activities for students, provide information on housing and work, run a coaching and mentoring system and publish a magazine all about (student) life in Amsterdam. For more information see www.isn-amsterdam.nl.

  • International Student Committee (ISC)

The ISC is run by current bachelor students and they organize social events for all students as well as a mentoring programme for first-year students. For more information see the University of Amsterdam website.

  • SEFA

There are a number of student clubs and organisations at FEB under the umbrella of SEFA. These organise international study trips, company visits, career weeks, conferences, seminars, skills training and internships. For more information see www.sefa.nl.

  • CREA

CREA organises courses and workshops in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, photography, literature and new media. CREA also organises a weekly Studium Generale programme on subjects related to art, science and society. For more information see www.crea.uva.nl.

Trips and Activities

Find out about International Students' Trips more by visiting the ONCAMPUS Amsterdam Blog

Amsterdam City Tour Amsterdam City Tour Dutch Carnival
Dutch Chinese New Year Bike competition winner Heineken Tour
Graduation Ceremony King's Day Pick a Tulip Day

Student handbook

Download for more information about:

  • how to find us
  • maps
  • teaching buildings
  • enrolment and induction
  • attendance
  • academic life
  • visas
  • student support advice service
  • student social life
  • finance and term dates