The city of Utrecht

A vibrant international city

The university is situated in Utrecht, a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Utrecht is a beautiful and inspiring urban setting that nurtures talent and creativity. It’s a dynamic, growing city that is characterised by a personal, human scale and offers myriad opportunities to those ready to grasp them. Last, but not least, Utrecht is an intelligent city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions. Thanks to the help of a young, talented workforce and a citywide programme to create a sustainable society, Utrecht was recently voted the most competitive region in Europe. 

What international students say about studying in Utrecht:

  • "Everyone speaks English!"
  • "It only takes three hours to cross the country."
  • "A wealth of cultural activities."
  • "They do everything by bike!"

Student life

Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht offer a lively environment where students can study and live. The city has a bustling student community made up of many different student organisations and societies. Utrecht University offers numerous extracurricular activities through its subsidiaries. This includes Parnassos cultural centre, where you can explore your talents in the performing arts, take a creative workshop or engage in other artistic pursuits. Utrecht Science Park 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.

Utrecht city centre.