Information for foreign students

ASVA Student Union is the biggest student organisation in Amsterdam. ASVA represents the interests of students of both UvA and AUAS (HvA). The preservation of quality and accessibility of education are our priorities. To achieve this, we engage with the Executive Boards of both institutions, we investigate problems, we seek the media and we even organize manifestations.

Being a student means having fun, meeting new people and enjoying education. But studying also brings about many questions. What is the deal with the OV-chipcard for public transport? Where do you get a good quality (but cheap) bike? And is it even possible to find a room in Amsterdam these days? The ASVA Student Union can help you.  We try to answer your questions about the university, living in Amsterdam and studying in itself. The interests of the student are the central point at ASVA. We continuously provoke attention for good education, by engaging in conversation with politicians and the media, amongst other ways. But that what we find most important is the conversation with YOU! What do students think of our higher education, and where does it require improvement?

ASVA provides several services  to make your life as a student easier. At our Student Desks in CREA you can ask all your question about studying in Amsterdam. Above all we sell cheap and legal bikes every Tuesday! Besides that our law office will help you with any legal problems you might have. Any problems with your rent or education? We’re happy to help. 

Become a member

By becoming a member of ASVA, you support us in achieving the best for international students. The services we offer our members include

For more information, you can contact the ASVA Student Desk at or 020 525 2926, or visit our Student Desk (CREA, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170).

Student desk Opening Hours

On Febrary 15th, 2019 the studentdesk is closed until 13:00. From 13:00 we are there for you!

Monday                           11.00 - 16.00
Tuesday                           11.00 - 16.00
Wednesday                     11.00 - 16.00
Thursday                         11.00 - 16.00
Friday                              11.00 - 16.00


CREA, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
In the CREA building on the first floor.