A visit to another country, whether long or short, requires careful planning and preparation. This checklist can help you prepare.

Things to arrange before you leave home

  • Make an appointment with SSH Short Stay or your landlord to pick up the keys to your accommodation;
  • Check with your bank about credit card and ATM use in the Netherlands;
  • Apply for a Citizen Servcie Number (BSN) at the municipality. This is needed for your salary payment. International Service Desk will make an appointment for you;
  • Arrange health and liability insurance;
  • Send the documents for your residence permit (if applicable);
  • Inform your Faculty contact person about your arrival date;
  • Make an appointment with your academic supervisor.

Things to bring

  • A passport, valid for at least one month after your departure from the Netherlands (or ID card for EU-citizens);
  • Legalised birth certificate (if your place of birth is not in your passport);
  • Proof of health insurance;
  • Two passport photos;
  • Cash or traveller’s checks to cover expenses in the first week or two;
  • A credit card (Visa or Mastercard) is highly recommended;
  • Bed linen/ towels (SSH Short Stay sells bed linen to its tenants);
  • A raincoat, and if you come in the winter, a warm jacket, scarf and gloves;
  • We recommend for you to take out travel insurance. 

    Things to do upon arrival

    • Pick up your key and housing contract;
    • Pay rent and deposit;
    • Make an appointment with your Faculty contact person to apply for your residence permit/work permit (if applicable);
    • Register with the municipality; here you can obtain a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). This is needed for your salary payment;
    • Open a bank account.

    Among other things, your Faculty contact will be able to inform you about how to register with the municipality and how to open a bank account.

    More information

    More information can be found on Euraxess.