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Cost of Living in Amsterdam

In addition to your tuition fees, you should allow enough funds to cover living expenses for the duration.

Amsterdam is one of the biggest student cities in the Netherlands. The amount you will need depends on your lifestyle - here's a quick guide to help plan your finances.


Our partner residence in Amsterdam is The Student Hotel.

The Central hotel is 14 minutes away from the AUAS Business School on the number 54 Metro line, with a Metro station directly outside the accommodation.

Check out The Student Hotel here.

Most Dutch students tend to rent a room from the private market. Depending on size and location, expect to pay between €400 and €1200 per month. If you decide to rent a private room, check if the room is furnished or unfurnished, and whether price includes the utility bills.


Food expenditure will take up a large part of your monthly budget. There are a number of low cost supermarkets near both the campus and our accommodation. The city centre has a range of low cost, fresh produce. You can cut the cost on food expenditure if you choose to utilise the markets and cook meals with friends and flatmates.

Food expenses will be under €350 if you cook for yourself and shop carefully.

Amsterdam has a variety of budget friendly places to eat. A one course meal in an inexpensive will typically be around €14 - €19.


If you’re visiting the Netherlands you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving your home country. The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Dutch nationals. The EHIC won’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. You should make sure you have adequate travel insurance for medical help and your possessions, plus accessible funds to cover the cost of any non-urgent medical treatment.

Studying abroad requires specific notification to the EHIC office. Note the special instruction for being part of a UK university course.

Personal Expenses

The amount you budget for personal expenses will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. Amsterdam has a vast array of retail outlets to suit all budgets. Amsterdam has budget friendly markets and high street shops to high-end department and designer stores and everything in-between!


Average transportation costs per month are € 70 - €100 maximum (unless you live outside of Amsterdam). If you intend to regularly use public transport use the OV chip card, which is used for trams, buses and metros. The OV chip card will be a more budget friendly option in comparison to buying day tickets.

Utility Bills

Our partner residence covers many utilities bills in the cost, including free Wi-Fi to a TV with international channels. Staying with The Student Hotel will largely reduce your utility expenses!

If you choose to rent a private room, you can expect to pay per month:

Electricity, Gas and Water €100 - €225

Household Refuse Tax €25

Cable Internet €40

Cable Television Packages €17 - €50

You can find more information on utility bills in Amsterdam here.

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