A vital first step

At last! The time has almost come for you to start your new life as a student in Amsterdam. There are so many things to think about: new city, new friends, new life. But before you start your journey, there are a few important things you need to take care of first, including registering with the municipality.

When you register, you’ll get your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN), which is required for you to work, open a bank account and make use of the healthcare in the Netherlands – pretty important stuff!

How to register

Luckily for you, registering in Amsterdam couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is set up an appointment with your local town hall, making sure you bring the following documents with you: a legalised birth certificate, proof of address and a valid passport or ID card.

Registering might not be the most exciting part about your new Amsterdam journey, but failing to register can result in a fine of up to €325 – a sizeable chunk of any student’s monthly budget.

Find out more about registration in Amsterdam, and be sure to check out our handy guide on steps for studying in the city.