The university is situated in Utrecht, a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands and considered the ‘gateway to Europe’. Utrecht is an inspiring city that nurtures talent and creativity – a young and dynamic city that both has and offers a myriad of opportunities to those ready to grasp them – a large and expanding city that’s nonetheless characterised by a personal, human scale – and, last but not least, an intelligent city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions.
Your fellow students about Utrecht:
- ‘Everyone speaks English!’
- ‘It only takes three hours to cross the country’
- ‘A wealth of cultural activities’
- ‘They do everything by bike!’
Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht offer a great environment for students to study in and live. Utrecht has a bustling student community, with plenty of extracurricular activities to get involved in, as well as many different student organisations and societies. At Utrecht University’s Parnassos cultural centre you can explore your talents in the performing arts, take a creative workshop and lots more. Utrecht Science Park boasts excellent sports facilities at Olympos.
Utrecht’s historic charm
Utrecht has a rich history going back almost 2,000 years and an architectural legacy that includes both ancient and thoroughly modern buildings. Utrecht’s old city centre has remained largely intact, with its picturesque canals and elegant parks, cafes and cultural venues. The impressive Dom tower rises high above the city, surrounded below by international restaurants, cinemas, clubs and boutiques that give Utrecht its unique, dynamic atmosphere.
The Dutch tend to have an international outlook on life. The majority of the population speaks English, regularly travels abroad and is accustomed to having neighbours who may originally come from another country. At Utrecht University, some 130 nationalities work and study closely together. It’s easy to get by in the Netherlands without speaking Dutch since most people have at least a basic knowledge of English and are usually more than happy to use it.
Thanks to the help of a young, talented workforce and a citywide scheme to create a sustainable society, Utrecht has recently been voted the most competive region in Europe. Read more (pdf)