Graduate School of Social Sciences

Housing & Practical matters

Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Summer 2018

Want to know more about our programmes for 2018, and what it's like to live in Amsterdam? Then download our viewbook for Summer 2018: it's full of photos and experiences from our alumni, as well as descriptions of our academic content.


Due to differences in location and duration of programmes, housing prices vary. Please refer to the Tuition, Costs, and Scholarships page of the programme(s) you're applying to to see the housing price.

Amsterdam is a popular summer destination for people from around the world. Due to limited urban space and high demand, affordable housing is extremely challenging to find. That's why the Summer Programmes Office works with our partner DeKey Housing Corporation to help house participants in various locations in Amsterdam. For the fixed housing dates for your progamme, please refer to the individual programme page.

If you are traveling on a budget, we recommend that you apply for housing arranged by our office. All housing is first-come-first-served: make your plans early, and indicate on your application if you will be applying for university provided accomodation. If a strict budget isn't your concern, then feel free to book your own accomodation. As above, please indicate this on your application form.

DeKey owns low-cost, student properties throughout Amsterdam, and we do our best to book locations that are nearby the Roeterseiland Campus of the UvA. If, due to housing availability, we cannot house students nearby the UvA, we always ensure that they are on a rapid and frequent public transit connection, and within comfortable biking distance from the campus. Residences that are farther away from Roeterseiland compensate by being newer and often larger residences. Rooms are either in private or shared dorms, with private or shared washrooms and kitchen/lounge facilities. Students are lodged in comfortable and secure residences with their fellow classmates and summer school students.

Please note that it is not possible to extend your stay in housing, or to arrive early. If you require more time in Amsterdam before or after the fixed housing dates (refer to the individual programme page), you will need to book accommodation for those times on your own. It is not possible to select your residence or room, as they are assigned per programme.


Students receive an UvA student ID card valid for the length of their stay at the University. This card gives the student access to a variety of student facilities, including the library and computers. The Summer Programmes Office makes use of the state-of-the-art Roeterseiland Campus, located in Amsterdam East.

UvA Summer App

The Summer Programmes Office has developed a smartphone and tablet app to help you navigate your academic and daily life while studying at the UvA. The UvA Summer app seamlessly integrates your academic calendar with excursions and all of the practical information you need. Features include push notifications with programme updates, city maps, housing locations, and all of the practical information you need while living in Amsterdam. With the app, they keys to the city are already in your pocket, and you can communicate with fellow classmates and other participants through group and private chat functions.

Buitenruimte Roeterseilandcampus

Photo by Maartje Strijbis

Digital Learning Environment

Some summer programmes make use of digital learning environments.  At least two weeks prior to the start of the Summer Institute, you will receive a login name and password to access the digital learning environment where announcements, schedules, and readings will be posted.

Health Insurance

Insurance is required

You are required to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands. For a diagram that indicates which insurance applies to you, please refer to the "Insurance" section of the Study in Holland website.

Please check before you come to the Netherlands whether your insurance will cover the complete period of your stay abroad, and what type of coverage it consists of.

Travel Insurance

The Summer Programmes Office advises all participants to purchase travel insurance for their flights in addition to the insurance that they require to come to the Netherlands. In the unlikely event of a programme cancellation, students with travel insurance will be able to recuperate costs of their flights. The summer programmes office will refund the entire value of the programme should it be cancelled, as per our cancellation policy, but are not responsible or liable for covering transportation costs to or from the Netherlands.

Schengen Visa

In order to attend one of the summer programmes at the GSSS, you might need to obtain a Schengen or Short Stay Visa (Visum Kort Verblijf). You will not need a (provisional) residence permit since all summer programmes are less than 3 months in length. 

Students from certain countries do not need an entry visa.  To see what applies to your situation, please visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Naturalisation.

The Summer Programmes Office is only able to send a letter to support visa purposes if you have been accepted to one of our programmes and all fees have been paid.


Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

Graduate School of Social Sciences

9 November 2017