Q&A: Life at University of Amsterdam

What are the most important locations at the UvA?

University buildings:
Bushuis/ Oost-Indisch Huis. The Bushuis was a headquarter of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) so take a look around, you will be having seminars in one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam. Last year the seminars where in the P.C. Hoofthuis but at the end of last year the European Studies department and the Study Association (SES) moved to this building. The Bushuis has excellent study possibilities (Studiezolder).

Address: Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 (0)20 525 2258

P.C. Hoofthuis (PCH). Although we have moved to the Bushuis, most of the language seminars will be in this building. Beside this, PCH has a very nice library where you can study before and after your seminars.

Address: Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB, Amsterdam
Phone number: +31 (0)20 525 4410

Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP). Before OMHP became part of the University of Amsterdam, it was as a retirement home for old men. The main lectures will take place in this building. Besides this the OMHP has a lot of study possibilities, from silence rooms to computer rooms.

Address: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 (0)20 525 3361

Roeterseiland Campus. Although this building is not part of the Faculty of Humanities, it may occur that you will have seminars here. Roeterseiland is kind of a maze so go to the main entrance where you will find the information desk, they can help you find the correct room. In addition, the Dutch and English diagnostic tests take place here.

Address: Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 (0)20 525 4273

Binnengasthuis (BG). The BG is a former hospital but since 1981 it is part of the UvA. Oudemanhuispoort is part of the Binnengasthuis as well. The amount of seminars that you will have here will be low but it is good to know where it is. The BG has a lot of different buildings which are hard to find, if you do not know what to look for. If you do have a lecture in one of the BG buildings ask at the information desk in OMHP. Furthermore, the Restaurant Atrium is located in the BG, here you can eat a proper meal before or after your lectures.

Address: Ouderzijds Achterburgwal 233-237, 1012 DL, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 (0) 20 525 2147

University library of Amsterdam. This is the main library of the UvA. You can rent books here and there are 750 seats available including 110 with computer. The library is open from 8:30 till 23:45 and with a valid student card you are able to go in and out whenever you want.

Address: Singel 425, 1012 WP, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 (0)20 525 2301

Onderwijsbalie. If you have any troubles with your studies, the Onderwijsbalie will give you a helping hand. You can find the Onderwijsbalie in the P.C. Hoofthuis, room 0.12. Their phone number is +31 (0)20 525 4484. In the same room you can find the International Office, this office can help you if you want to study abroad or if you are an exchange student. Their phone number is +31 (0)20 525 3094.

Why is the student card important?
You will need your student card in order to prove your identity at exams so make sure you will always have your card with you during the exam weeks. Also, you will need your student card to print documents and to rent books in the library. Besides this, you can only pay with your student card at our beloved coffee and candy machines.

How can I sign up for sports?
You can join the University Sports Center (USC), which offers both group lessons and individual fitness memberships. There are several USC locations throughout the city, including Science Park and P.C. Hoofthuis. The USC offers you a free trial so you can easily just give it a go! Besides that, there are lots of sports associations in Amsterdam. You can decide to join a sports association for students, or a regular one. The best way to do this is to just visit the club and take a look or by visiting their website.

How can I sign up for Dutch language courses?
The level of English of the Dutch population is generally high so you usually will not encounter major problems when having to communicate in everyday life situations. However, it might be a good idea to get to know the language of the country you are going to be living in for some years. The city of Amsterdam and the UvA, offer many opportunities for you to learn the Dutch language. Click here for more information.

How do I get connected with the university network?
The UvA offers different access points to the internet. The most efficient network is “eduroam”. Click here to connect your devices to this network.