Student life in the Netherlands is vibrant and diverse. Most of it happens off-campus. Like most Dutch education institutions, Wellant has no campus with student housing. Living among the general population will help you to feel more involved in Dutch society.
Each education institution has a network of associations that bring students together for academic activities, sports and recreation. All of these associations are run by students, and some of them are internationally oriented. Two of the larger international student associations areand the (ESN).
Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are usually pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out.
"My stay for eight weeks in Holland, or The Netherlands as I've learned to name it correctly, has been very interesting and meaningful. Fun too! It changed the way I see the world."
Costs of living
Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and leisure such as drinks/concert tickets/etc. But you also need to take into account the expenses for housing and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in the Netherlands spend between €800 and €1,100 a month. Food is estimated to take another third of your income. The remaining third of your income will go towards leisure, books, travel and other expenses.
Many bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas give student discounts. Most of these ask for proof in the form of a student card from your institution. You should check in advance if a student discount is available.
Especially for international students, the International Student Identity Card () can provide some interesting discounts and offers on travel, shopping, museums and more.
Try to get a secondhand bike as soon as possible after your arrival. The country's flat landscape, well-marked roads and deeply ingrained cycling culture mean you'll soon learn that biking is the easiest and most practical mode of transportation available. Avoid getting your bike from anyone on the street as these bikes tend to be stolen and then sold illegally which could cause you some problems.
Students are stimulated to be active in class; they are free, to pose questions and enter into an argument with the teacher. Both teachers and students are casually dressed at classes.
Good to know
When drinking in a group the general rule is for people to take turns buying rounds – if you're leaving early or have limited funds, it's fine to say so at the start of the night and buy your own drinks.
Don’t be surprised if somebody asks you to go out for a meal and you have to pay for it yourself. When eating out it's normal to split the bill equally – this custom is the origin of the expression "Going Dutch".
"I'm building relationships with people from all over Europe. I can honestly tell you that study abroad at Wellantcollege was the best decision I have ever made."