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Q: Can I stay in my room during my entire bachelor programme?
A: No. Your rental contract will be for maximum 1 year! Due to Dutch law, the AUAS only can facilitate accommodation to its international students for their 1st year in Amsterdam. Therefore, we strongly advise students to register in studentenwoningweb immediately after arrival in Amsterdam. For more information, see www.studentenwoningweb.nl Q: I have to go back to my home country because my internship (in my home country) will start on 2 January 2013, but my rental contract will end on 28 January 2013. Is possible to end my rental contract sooner, for example on 23 December 2012?
A: No, the rental period is fixed. It is not possible to start or end the contract on another day.
Q: When is the Arrival Day in Amsterdam?
A: On Friday 17 and Monday 20 August 2012, there will be the arrival days in Amsterdam. This means that the housing corporationd DUWO and De Key have organised special meetings for you to pick up the keys of your room and to sign the rental contract. If you arrive on another day, you should contact the housing corporation. You will receive more information about this arrival day from the housing corporation and the International Centre of the AUAS / School of Economics and Management.
Q: I will arrive in Amsterdam outside the office hours of the housing corporation DUWO/de Key (Monday-Friday 08.30-16.30 hrs.) What can I do?
A: If you arrive in Amsterdam outside the office hours of the housing corporation, you have 2
1. Make a hostel/hotel arrangement yourself and then go to the office the next morning/Monday.
Please check the following website for a hostel in Amsterdam: http://www.hostelsclub.com/city-enAmsterdam.html?aff_ID=406&gclid=CMma_Ie3tKYCFcKIDgodn3ozIQ or http://www.hostels.com/amsterdam/netherlands?source=hostelscombroadmatch&gclid=CIK9p9C3t KYCFcWEDgodx2ZHIA
2. Ask a friend or fellow student who is already in Amsterdam to pick up the keys for you at the office of the housing corporation.
Q: What do you have to do when someone else is going to pick up your keys?
• Make sure that your housing corporation (DUWO or de Key) has received a proof of payment of the first rent payment for the room.
• Inform DUWO/de Key in advance, who is picking up the keys on your behalf, please send them an email with the name of that person and ask him / her to bring his / her ID / Passport.
Q: Can I contact housing corporations DUWO and de Key myself to get a room?
A: No. The AUAS has a special agreement with DUWO and de Key to facilitate furnished rooms for our international students. All applications in EMBARK will have to be approved by the International Centre of the AUAS/School of Economics and Management.
Q: Do you have accommodation for couples or for students with children?
A: All student rooms are for single persons. It is not permitted to stay in a room with 2 or more persons. We do not have specific places for couples/families, but we can try to help you via our Central Student Housing Organization, or we can give you addresses for private organizations.
Q: How big are the rooms?
A: depends on the location and type of room. The average is 12 m2.
All rooms are single rooms, which means that you have your own bedroom. If you have a room with shared facilities, you will share the kitchen, bathroom (shower) and toilet with 1, 2 or 3 other students. If you have a room with private facilities, you will have your own kitchen, bathroom (shower) and toilet.
Q: Which items are always included in the inventory of your room?
• bed including mattress (0.90 - 2.00 meters), standard size.
• table or desk and chair
• wardrobe or clothes cabin
• bookcase or bookshelves
• curtains or venetian blinds
• ceiling lamp, table lamp and bed lamp
• The rent includes all utilities (electricity, water, heating, caretaker costs, etc.)
• Standard kitchen equipment (Pots, pans, cutlery, etc.) for 1 person (each room)
• In the kitchen: stove, fridge, microwave
Q: Which items are NOT included:
• Local taxes, these you will have to pay yourself (depends in which part of Amsterdam you will live)
• non catered (you will have to prepare the meals yourself)
• There are NO doormen or receptionists
• Stereo equipment /television sets/computer (except for Daalwijk; in the shared kitchen there is a tv) There is an active cable connection in most rooms and/or communal kitchens. Except for the appartments in Daalwijk; they have a tv in the common kitchen area.
• Duvets, pillows and sheets are not present in the room. Bedding can be bought at de Key for about € 25 or you can bring your own. Please note that the bedding package is from IKEA and it is cheaper to purchase one yourself at IKEA or elsewhere.
• Towels (but there is a shopping area close to the student accommodation building, where you can buy towels for a reasonable prices, e.g. at shops called ‘Zeeman’ or ‘HEMA’.
Q: I have a broken toilet/shower/lamp/etc. what can I do?
A: If you rent you room at DUWO (Daalwijk-building), you should call the Repairteam (tel.nr.: 020If you rent via de Key (in the Fraijlemaborg building), there is a caretaker. He has his office on the ground floor so you can call him during office hours. Also, in each building are 3 Resident Assistants who will welcome you on the arrival days and will give you all kind of information about the building.
Q: Can I pay my monthly rent in cash?
A: No. We recommend you to pay the entire amount in advance or to open a Dutch bank account after arrival in the Netherlands. The International Centre of the AUAS/SEM can help you with opening a Dutch bank account. Please note that this only can be done after arrival in Amsterdam and it will take some weeks before the account is activated. Therefore, we advise you to pay at least the 2 first months rent in advance.
Q: What if I want to find accommodation in Amsterdam myself?
A: Check the following link: http://www.international.hva.nl/docs/how_to_find_a_room.pdf Q: What about the safety? Is there a doorman or security?
A: There are no doormen or receptionists in the building. Each building has a front door on the ground floor and each room has it’s own doorbell. Always lock your door after you leave and be sure that no one walks into the building with you when you enter the building. Amsterdam is a safe city but like in all larger cities in the world- you have to use your common sense.
Both buildings, the Fraijlemaborgbuilding and the Daalwijkbuilding have 3 Resident Assistants; these are students of the AUAS who can help you around in the building, they know the neighborhood and also will organise a meeting in your first week in Amsterdam.
Q: I have a medical condition which causes that I have to live in a special type of room...
If there are any special circumstances we need to know about (e.g. disability or medical condition), please send an e-mail to Ms. Claartje Rijniers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We might ask for a medical statement of your doctor. We will do our utmost best to find suitable accommodation for you.
Q: Can I park my car at the student accommodation building?
There are no special parking places reserved for the student accommodation building. If you have a car, you need to park this in the area. In the Zuid-Oost area are some areas where you can park your car for free (only when using a special blue card you can stay there for 1,5 hour max.). Other areas have only parking places where you must pay. At this moment, the municipality is making a new law which causes that in the entire Zuid-Oost area (Bijlmer) you need to pay, or you need to apply for a parking permit (for which, of course, you need to pay).