Are you coming to the Netherlands to study? Here is a list of things you should do shortly after your arrival:
Shortly after your arrival you should make an appointment at the municipality. It is important to officially register and to get your BSN number. You will need that number for opening a bank account, going to the doctor and so on. Don’t forget to bring your passport/ID, your rental contract and a copy of your birth certificate to the appointment.
Dutch bank account
You can decide for yourself if a Dutch bank account is necessary for you, but we think it can be helpful. Especially when it comes to public transport, phone contracts or paying tickies the Dutchies love to send.
Many universities only send the student card to addresses in the Netherlands. Therefore, don’t forget update your address in the system once you arrived.
If you are planning to use the public transport regularly an OV chipboard is a must. You can get an anonymous card at one of the service points or order the personal one online. We recommend the personal one for deals like traveling on the weekends for 35 € a month. It’s great if you want to discover the Netherlands.
Introduction of your study programme
Check out your emails and the university’s website whether your programme provides an introduction week. Some universities also have a special intro for internationals. It is a great chance to meet your future classmates or internationals while doing activities together.
health insurance & GP
Depending on where you are from getting a health insurance in The Netherlands might be only necessary if you start working. Signing up with a general practitioner is something we recommend everyone though. Read our blog post on how to register for a GP.