If you are living in Uilenstede, or elsewhere in the Amstelveen municipality, you will be required to register at the Amstelveen municipality office and NOT the Amsterdam municipality offices. If you live in Amsterdam, you will be required to register at one of the Amsterdam municipality offices. If you don’t or can’t register during the welcome days of the VU, you’ll have to register on your own by making an appointment with the appropriate municipality and taking your documents to fill out the required forms then. To find out more information about registering with your municipality, please see our Municipality Registration and ID page.
The Gemeente Amstelveen website provides you with some information about the municipality and some of the Dutch rules and regulations that you have to abide by as a foreign student. It also explains what you must do when moving to Amstelveen.
The contact information for the Gemeente Amstelveen is:
Town Hall office address: Laan Nieuwer Amstel 1, 1182 JR Amstelveen
Postal address for all municipal institutions:
Gemeente Amstelveen, Postbus 4, 1180 BA Amstelveen
Telephone: (020) 540 49 11
Fax: (020) 540 45 59
Contact form: Request for information (only available in Dutch)
The contact information for the Gemeente Amsterdam is all in Dutch.
The number to call for information is 14 020. (Available on weekdays from 8:00-18:00) Note: the standard fee applies, as well as any other fees through your provider. There is also a form to fill out online for questions, complaints, or reports but it is currently only available in Dutch. There are 11 district offices for the Gemeente Amsterdam. The addresses and locations of each office can be found on this map. The I Amsterdam site is the English amsterdam.nl site. It has a large amount of information for expats and foreigners that are coming to the Netherlands, including information about municipality registration in Amsterdam.
The VU organizes two 'Arrival Days' for new students at the end of August and beginning of February each year in order to welcome new students. During these days, you can register with your municipality and with the school, get your room key for your student housing room, and be welcomed to your new school, city, and surroundings. As well, there are a number of social events organized during these days to give you a chance to meet some of the other international students.
If you'd like, you can make use of the Schiphol pick-up service and have a member of ESN VUniverse (the VU's student society) pick you up from the airport. Be sure to sign up in time if you'd like to make use of this. If you arrive before or after the arrival days, you will need to make your own arrangements. Also keep in mind that the student housing office has regular office hours so if you arrive in the evening or on a weekend, you'll have to arrange other accommodation until you are able to get your room key.
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