Traveling and Living in the Netherlands- Places to visit, Accommodation

The Netherlands is one of the most liberal countries in the world which makes traveling and living in the Netherlands can be an enriching experience for anyone, especially international students.

After applying for the MVV, students can prepare to finally go to the Netherlands and begin with their study in the Netherlands.

Packing List for the Netherlands

Traveling to the Netherlands requires the following documents to be kept in line in order to smoothly go through the immigration process at the Netherlands airport -

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance certificate
  • Letter of Acceptance by the University
  • Proof of available funds
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Medical and immunization records
  • SAT/ACT scorecard
  • Academic records

Traveling in the Netherlands- Amsterdam, Rotterdam

When in the Netherlands, exploring this beautiful country is on the top list of everyone including International students. Since the Netherlands is very generous in terms of giving enough public holidays, International students get enough time to explore the country.

Things to Do in the Netherlands

  1. Visit Amsterdam

The capital city of the country, Amsterdam is famous all over the world for its beauty and serenity. Visiting the famous canals, museums, coffee shops, and, of course, the infamous red light district is a must when traveling in the Netherlands.

  1. Explore Rotterdam

The busiest shipping port in the country, Rotterdam has a lot of stories to tell due to its ties to the historic World War 2. For those of all who want really good shops, admire great Architecture, curious about the famous Harbor Locks, this city is must visit.

  1. Taking a Canal Tour

When in the Netherlands, make sure to take a tour of the canals that made the city so famous and a tourist attraction for the world. It is a very important part of the lives of the Dutch people. One can’t really understand the culture of this country until they spend some time boating in the Netherlands.

  1. Explore the Hague

Hague is the center of European Justice. The Queen’s office, the old castle, and palace are some of the main attractions of this city. Since, it is located on the beach, lounging on the sand and strolling the boardwalk are some of the popular summer activities that tourists do.

Netherlands Transportation- GVB, Trams, Cycles

Riding a bicycle is a very common scenario in the Netherlands. Most of the people travel through bicycles. But those who don’t can travel through Netherlands Public transport. Public transportation such as trains, Buses, Metro, ferry in Amsterdam is managed by GVB.

Cycling in the Netherlands

  • Most used means of transportation in the Netherlands.
  • Cheapest and easiest way to get around the Netherlands.
  • Provision of cycling lanes on every road make it more feasible
  • Rent a bicycle at 10  euros per day
  • Most rentals ask for a deposit which is returned after the bicycle is returned.

Amsterdam Ferry

  • Being a country richly endowed with waterways, Ferries and water taxis are quite convenient to travel in.
  • A ferry ride between Ridderkerk and Kinderdijk costs about $1.97for adults and $1.27 for children.
  • Bicycles are allowed on these ferry rides.
  • Water taxi Rotterdam is another water public transport famous in Rotterdam.

Trains

  • Trains along with other public means of transport are managed by GVB in Amsterdam
  • Traveling through trains to cover inter-state distance is quite cheap.
  • ‘Anonymous OV- chipkaart’ can be used to travel in Holland by paying $8.68 fee.
  • One can carry their bicycles to the trains after the peak hours by paying $6.94 fee.

Buses

  • Holland has a very extensive network of Buses and Metro.
  • Anonymous OV- Chipkaart that costs $8.68 is used to travel in Holland Buses.
  • This smart card can be bought at the NS ticket machine.
  • One can buy the Anonymous OV-Chipkaart on the Bus itself but that might cost more.

Trams

  • Trams are the best means of transport for tourists if they want to reach places quickly.
  • Traveling in trams also offers sight-seeing opportunities.
  • Amsterdam has 16 tram lines which make it a preferred means to travel across the city.
  • Tram line services start at 6 am and continues till midnight.
  • Traveling in trams require the Anonymous OV- Chipkaart.

Student Accommodation in the Netherlands

International students in Holland usually rent a room for accommodation as the On-Campus student accommodation isn’t very common there. Finding an accommodation that is pocket-friendly as well as of good quality is a difficult task in the Netherlands.

On-Campus

Although, an on-campus living arrangement isn’t the usual scenario, there are a few universities that might offer International students in their first year an option to live in a pre-arranged student accommodation.

Student Accommodation is generally managed by a housing agency with a limited number of rooms reserved for International students.

There are few universities that offer student accommodation such as the University of Twente. The university’s 300 rooms residence hall offer all basic amenities such as kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities that have to be shared by multiple students. The rooms are usually private for each student. 

The University of Leiden collaborates with agencies to provide On-Campus living facilities to its students. The students can apply for the on-campus residence on the university website. The average cost of living in an on-campus arrangement in the Netherlands is US$416-US$ 832.

Off-Campus

Finding a spacious room in the city in the Netherlands can be quite costly. If you do not want to compromise on the space, you’ll get a room further from the city.

On top of that, there is only a limited number of rental apartments available for International students in the Netherlands. Most students have to share kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms to be able to get a roof in the Netherlands. Many times rooms are also shared with an aim to reduce per person cost.

Few universities help International students find a place to stay. Utrecht University offers short stay accommodation to exchange and international students. The rooms can be private as well as shared depending on how much a student wants to pay.

Accommodation is provided on a first come first serve basis. So students are advised to apply for the accommodation as soon as possible.

Rents are paid on a monthly basis, costs $582 for a single or shared room, and are between US$ 735-US$ 929f and a private studio. Renting a fully furnished private room in Amsterdam can cost between $416- $832 per month, which is usually inclusive of utilities and internet.

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