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Student Life In Amsterdam

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 Guide 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–€560 per month
Internet access on the University of Amsterdam campus: FREE
Transport by bike: FREE
Student meal at the student restaurant Agora: €5.00
Drinks at the Student Café Krater: €2.50
Unlimited access to fitness facilities for one year at the University Sports Centre:  €168.00 per year
Cinema ticket: €10.00
Amsterdam Students
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

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

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

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.


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


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

ONCAMPUS Amsterdam Campus map

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