When coming to the Netherlands, some practical information is appreciated. For example what are the costs of living or what is the weather in the Netherlands.
Campus accommodation is not common in the Netherlands. Most students rent a room in a student house. If you need help finding a place to live, Tio will assist you. Students requiring a student visa will automatically be offered housing via Tio.
Since both Amsterdam and Utrecht are very popular among students, we recommend letting Tio help you. Average accommodation prices for student housing in Amsterdam vary between € 600 and € 800 a month and in Utrecht between € 450 and € 650 a month.
Should you decide to try to find your own place to live, here are some helpful links:
Keep in mind that most student housing is not furnished unless otherwise specified and you will only be renting a room, and may have to share the other facilities like the bathroom and kitchen with other students.
Cost of living
Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. But you also need to take into account the costs for housing and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in the Netherlands for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month (source: Studyinholland.nl).
In the Netherlands the € (Euro) is the current currency. Although at some tourist areas other currencies might be accepted, please make sure to have Euro’s with you at all times.
Check: travelex for the accurate exchange rates.
In the Netherlands the current from wall Power sockets is 220-230 Volt, 50 cycles (Hz). Sockets and plugs may be different from those in your country. It can be useful to have an adapter if you want to bring an electric razor, a hair dryer, radio, etc.
In the Netherlands the common European plugs are used.
The weather in the Netherlands is moderate. Due to the close proximity to the sea, the weather is strongly influenced. The temperatures range between 20°C to 30 in the summer period and -5 to 5 during the winter season.
The fall and spring are in the middle of these temperatures. The Netherlands has a lot of (strong) winds and rain. This can make the experienced temperature different from the real value. For example, the wind in wintertime can make it feel a lot colder than it really is. It is therefore important to prepare your stay by taking the right selection of clothes to the Netherlands.
Shops/stores (opening hours)
Shops are normally open from 9:00 in the morning until 18:00 in the evening (on weekdays). On Sundays, most shops in the centre of Amsterdam / Utrecht are also open. Many shops are closed on Monday morning and all shops close earlier on Saturdays (at 16:00 or 17:00). In the city centre shops are open on Thursday evening until 21:00.
Most supermarkets are open from 8 in the morning to 8 at night. Food can be bought at the supermarkets such as Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Plus, Emte, Aldi, Lidl, and so on. Cigarettes, beer and wine can be bought at these shops, but stronger alcoholic drinks should be bought in an off license shop (liquor shops, normal opening times). Please note that if you are under 18, you will not be able to buy or consume alcohol.
It is possible to play tennis, football, swim, do aerobics, fitness or participate in some other sports and/or activities in Amsterdam and Utrecht. For more information ask your fellow students or your main contact persons at he the Tio campus what the best sport location are for you.
Tio expects all its students to have third party liability insurance as well as health insurance. EU/EEA students can study at Tio based on insurance taken out in their home country.
For students requiring a visa, Tio will provide you with sufficient insurance. For more information please consult www.aon.com.