Life in Amsterdam

Discover what makes this city special. Like cycling literally everywhere, fries slathered in mayonnaise, boat trips through canals, the Dutch open-mindedness and their impeccable English. The rest of Europe is easily accessible and a study break in Paris is just a few hours by train. Download a visual guide to student life in Amsterdam (pdf).

Find out why Amsterdammers love it here, and you will too

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Finding student housing

Amsterdam is one of the most exciting cities to live in, and as a result, housing is in hot demand. We recommend that you start looking for your new h...
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Accessibility

As the city of cycles, Amsterdam is naturally very easy to get around (it helps that the city is extraordinarily flat). The small city is also conveni...
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Student associations

Being a student in Amsterdam is an amazing experience – there’s no doubt about that, but there’s so much going on that it can sometimes get a little o...
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Cost of living

As with any city, living costs depend largely on your lifestyle (and how much you go out!) Here is a quick guide to what it might cost to cover your e...
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Arrival guide

There’s so much to see and do as a student in Amsterdam, it can be tricky to know where to start. Here are our tips for making the most of your first ...
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Student discounts in Amsterdam

Student life may be expensive, but that doesn’t mean missing out on any of the fun. Find out which stores, venues and organisations in Amsterdam can s...
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Lunch hour at Zuidas Amsterdam Marc Dorleijn

Safety in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is often considered one of the safest cities in the world. It’s a great place to be a student, where the crime rate is low and police keep a...
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Healthcare

It’s always a bit weird going to the doctor in another country, but you don’t have to worry: healthcare in Amsterdam is among the best in the world.
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Insurances

Find out all you need to know about health insurance and other insurances for students in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands). For example, health insuran...
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Learning Dutch

If you come to Amsterdam as an international student on an English-language programme, you will find that you can find your way around quite easily wi...
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International students in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area's community of international students is as diverse as the city itself. More than 9,860 students from 127 countri...
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10 reasons for studying in Amsterdam

With its great social life and small-city feel, getting qualified in Amsterdam could be your best decision yet. Read on for our top ten reasons to lov...
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Looking after your mental health

Studying abroad for any length of time can be daunting. Far away from family, friends and familiarity, students living away from home may find themsel...
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