Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht offer a lively environment where students can study and live. The city has a bustling student community, numerous extracurricular activities, and 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, or engage in other artistic pursuits. The Utrecht Science Park/De Uithof campus also offers the excellent Olympos sports facility for team sports and individual athletic endeavours.

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 picturesque canals and elegant parks, cafes, and cultural venues. The impressive Dom Tower rises high above the city, surrounded below by restaurants offering cuisines from around the world, cinemas, clubs, and boutiques that give Utrecht its unique vitality and atmosphere.

International society

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 118 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.

Making international friends, eating Dutch food, and experiencing a new culture await you in Utrecht. Learn more about Utrecht University student life by seeing how international students experience living in the city.

Social life, coffee and food: “You won’t go hungry in Holland!” - Rachel from the USA

Transportation: “Once you have arrived in the Netherlands, make sure you find a bike shop where they sell used bikes!” - Urska from Slovenia

Food and weather: “Soup, I like this soup here!” - Catherine from Uganda