Curious what apps make your life easier as an international student in the Netherlands? We have 10 must-have apps for you that you should definitely download.
The NS app is the go-to app for traveling by train in the Netherlands. You can find latest information for your train rides as well as current departure/arrival times and the platform information. Additionally, you can directly purchase tickets in the app and immediately use them to check in and out at the gates at the station.
9292 is another useful app for traveling. It shows you all the available public transport for the route of your choice. It is especially convenient if you are traveling not only by train, but also by bus, tram and other types of transport.
Do you want to avoid cycling in the rain? Then don’t forget to check buienradar is a must for you as it literally translates to rain radar. That way you can always check the rain forecast by the minute.
Splitser, also known as WieBetaaltWaat, is the app for dividing, clearing, noting down and settling all your group expenses. It is perfect for friend groups and especially for you and your housemates.
Tikkie is the Dutch way to transfer money. Whenever someone owes you money you can directly request the exact amount from them by simply sending a link or letting them scan a QR code. Good to know is that a Dutch bank account is needed.
grocery store apps
Do you want to save money when doing your groceries? Then download the grocery store app of the supermarkets you go to. Most common supermarkets in the Netherlands have a point collecting system or special discounts for everyone who scans their card.
Marktplaats is an app for second hand products of any kind. You can find all sorts of categories from furniture to books over bikes. After seeing something you like, you can text the seller, negotiate the price and arrange a meeting/shipping.
On Vinted you can buy second hand clothes. The users upload their pieces for a certain price, which you can agree on or you can send another offer to them. Do you have clothes you are not wearing anymore? Then take pictures to upload and sell them.
Ready to learn Dutch? Duolingo is great for learning a new language in a fun way. Even though the Dutch usually have a high level of English knowing a little bit of Dutch is a great way to integrate in the culture.
DigiD is short for Digital Identification and therefore allows you to identify yourself with governmental, educational and healthcare institutions. You can do your taxes online using DigiD, for example.
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