The University of Amsterdam provides excellent course literature, faculty, and a well-structured curriculum for the Media and Information track. However, there is an evident lack of a campus environment. The classes take place in three different buildings and the mid-term exams take place at a building 40 mins away from the city centre by metro. On-campus housing is also unavailable and students have to rely on student housing corporations like Duwo and Dekey. However, even here guaranteed housing is only available for one year and for the rest of the course the students have to find their own accommodation. The closest resemblance to any sort of campus life can be found at Uilenstede which is 35 minutes away from campus and comprised mostly of students that go to the VU. I would recommend using Duwo for the first year and then finding a shared accommodation at Uilenstede. The student associations play a pivotal role in creating an international student atmosphere and I would strongly recommend joining one of them during your first year. You could also apply for positions on the board during the second and final years of your course.