It is a daunting time, whether you are deciding on a bachelor or a master programme. You need to make a decision soon. You cannot decide which programme, city, or even country you want to study in. You have read every page of a university’s website and every prospectus and guide. Yet still you do not know in which programme you will be the most successful.
The truth is, there is more to university than studying! If you are looking to start your bachelor you may spend 5 years or more in a location, so it is important that you study in a city that offers you a lifestyle you want and will enjoy. This can be more than the bars and restaurants or student organisations a university boasts, although they can be important; the lifestyle of a city encompasses every aspect of life in the city from the shops and cafes to the food and the weather (heads up – in the Netherlands 150 shades of grey) or the cultural norms of the population. These factors create lots of small moments that contribute towards you overall happiness and contentment.