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.
student handbook for more information. Living in Amsterdam
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:
€400–€550 per month
Internet access on the University of Amsterdam campus:
Transport by bike:
Student meal at the student restaurant Agora:
Drinks at the Student Café Krater:
Unlimited access to fitness facilities for one year at the University Sports Centre:
€168.50 per year
Amsterdam Students Clubs and 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:
University Student Union Sports & Societies
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
ONCAMPUS Amsterdam Campus map
ONCAMPUS Amsterdam Student Handbook