Studying in Utrecht
The university is based in Utrecht – a beautiful, bustling city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands. With 350.000+ inhabitants and nearing 100km2 surface area, Utrecht is the fourth largest Dutch city.
A city with historic charm
Utrecht has a rich history going back almost 2,000 years and an architectural legacy. The impressive Dom Tower rises high above the city and is surrounded by restaurants, cinemas, clubs and boutiques that give Utrecht its unique vitality and atmosphere.
Utrecht is also a dynamic, growing city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions. Utrecht was recently voted the most competitive region in Europe. Lonely Planet ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of most underestimated cities.
Vibrant student city
Utrecht offers 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.
The Dutch tend to have an international outlook on life. The majority of the population speaks English and regularly travels abroad. Most Dutch people have at least a basic knowledge of English and are usually more than happy to use it.
The Netherlands is an ideal base from which to visit other countries throughout Europe. There are excellent transport links to all major European cities. Schiphol Airport has flights to and from destinations all over the world and is just a short car or train ride from Utrecht. Utrecht itself is the hub of the Dutch railway network.
In a nutshell
- Capital city: Amsterdam
- Seat of government: The Hague
- Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
- Languages: Dutch and Frisian
- Currency: Euro
- Population: 17.5 million
- Surface area: 41,500 km2
- Below sea level: 26%
- Number of research universities: 13
- Number of bicycles: 22.8 million