(Fire) Safety Information


(Fire) Safety Information


Fire safety

  • Familiarize yourself with your nearest exit, emergency exits and the meeting point. (see emergency plans throughout the building)
  • Keep escape routes, hallways, exits, and emergency exits and stairwells clear of all items.

Amsterdam was listed as the fourth safest city in the world in the 2019 Safe Cities Index. Students also indicate that they experience Amsterdam as a safe place to live.


As with any city, it is always helpful to take precautions against ‘petty crime’.

Safety is a mutual effort.  

Together you create safety in your building, each individual user improves it by taking responsibility on a daily base:

House safety

  • Double lock your room door at all times.
  • Close your windows and curtains when you leave.
  • When you let someone in from your room, please check if you know the person.
  • Make sure your personal possessions are insured.

Building Safety

  • Make sure all general doors are locked. 
  • Report any malfunction of locks or doors immediately via our website.

Bike safety

  • Always lock both wheel and frame properly and lock it to a bicycle rack.
  • Consider to rent a bike since they are insured against theft.

What to do if there is a fire or emergency situation?

  • Warn other residents.
  • Break the glass on one of the fire alarms in the building.
  • If there is a dangerous situation, call the emergency number 112.
  • Without endangering yourself or others, try to put out the fire with the fire extinguishers provided.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • Leave the building as quickly as possible.
  • Do not use an elevator!
  • Follow the instructions of the firefighters or (if present) the Resident Assistants. 

If the building needs to be evacuated:

  • Stay calm and go outside to the meeting point.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • If there is smoke:
  • Keep down close to the floor;
  • Follow the wall (keep the back of your hand against it).
  • First evacuate areas close to the fire, then those on the same floor, and then those on floors above the fire.