The guidances have been written by AZSAB members and it covers all necessary information and tips for incoming students
This guide is meant to help you settle into life in Eindhoven, as well as life at Eindhoven University of Technology or Fontys University. It is designed mostly with links to cover the most important aspects of student life from general tips over organizational necessities every student must go through.
Eindhoven is located in the south of the Netherlands and enjoys the privilege of having Eindhoven Airport where all low-cost travels take place.
After you arrive to city, make sure you obtain register yourself and obtain BSN at the municipality of Eindhoven. In order to register yourself at municipality, you need to have a proper accommodation. If you don’t have an accommodation yet, then consult with municipality. Usually they will register you using your temporary address.
As you already may know, in order to get admission from the university and apply for a visa, you must transfer your living fee to the University’s bank account. Therefore, right after your arrival here, one of the first things is to open a Dutch bank account and get this fee transferred back to your Dutch account. There are so many banks here. However, TU Eindhoven usually arranges student account with Rabobank. However we suggest ING Bank if you are able to switch. All student accounts are free of charge, however may inquire costs for deposits. You may also apply for a Credit Card that will help you to purchase anything online outside of the Netherlands.
Note: In the Netherlands, most of the places do not accept a Visa/Visa Electron cards.
In Eindhoven, you will almost always be able to reach your destination by bicycle. It is better to buy second hand bikes through Facebook groups from previous year students which are so much cheaper than used bikes in shops. Since you’re dealing with second hand bikes from a person you don’t know, you’re buying the bike in good faith and it could be stolen. Ask the seller to write and sign a document stating he is the rightful owner of the bike, the serial number of the bike, the date, location and price you bought the bike for. This way you cover yourself for any legal liability in the event you bought a stolen bike in good faith.
Facebook Pages for used bikes:
Facebook Groups for second-hand goods:
Facebook Group for Expats. You can use this group for any kind of advice:
If you want to travel by bus, tram, metro or train, It is better to acquire an OV-chip card.
- The OV card can be purchased anonymously at all the metro stations which costs only €7.50 and can be used across the Netherlands. Therefore, you will need to load it with money to use for travel.
- Or you can buy a personalised card (with photo) online making it possible to claim different discounts like a 40% discount on train travel. This discount is available upon a yearly payment of 50 Euros, and only applies to using the train between 9:00 and 16:00 and 18:30 – 6:30 the next morning (“off peak hours”), and on the weekend. (It makes sense to get this discount if you use the train at least once or twice a month).
- If you buy 40% discount for the first time, you better order it online using www.ns.nl and you will save €7.50 since the OV-Chipkaart will be provided for free.
When using the train, you need to have a minimum balance of €20 both on your “personal” and “anonymous” OV-Chipkaart. If you have 40% discount, then you need to have a minimum balance of €10 on your “personal” OV-Chipkaart.
For more info on travelling from A to B point: https://9292.nl/en
For more info regarding the discounts on public transport: Click here.
As for the public transport, do not forget to check in and check out when you enter and leave whichever means of transportation you use. When you check in €4 is automatically taken off and when you check out the correct amount according to distance is deducted, however if you do not check out the full amount of €4 will be deducted. Make sure your card is loaded before entering a tram or you will have to buy a paper ticket from the conductor.
In the Netherlands, students usually do not live on campus but have their own room/apartment/studio. Finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem here. Make sure you start looking for a place as soon as you have officially received your admission.
Accommodation can range from as cheap as €250 per month to as expensive as €800 per month. Prices vary as there are public and private housing providers. Before you accept a room, please check which bills (e.g. gas, electricity, internet, TV) are included in your rent.
There are various options for accommodation such as Campus; Private dorms in the city; Studios; Shared apartments with other flatmates and so forth.
If you want to look for accommodation yourself, the websites and facebook groups at the bottom of the page might be useful.
Place to study
The Eindhoven University of Technology has its own huge library that you can use anytime. The building is located in campus and is called Metaforum. Any other TU/e buildings provide studying areas as well. Feel free to visit any of them as well. You can also use public library such as Bibliotheek de Witte Dame. You are free to use both of them!
- Ricoh myPrint: Brings online printing functionality to your phone;
- Buienradar: Check our rain radar and graph before you leave;
- 9292 or NS Reisplanner Xtra: Travel planners for all public transports;
- GoEuro Train Bus Flight: Find and book your ideal train, bus or flight across Europe;
- ING Bankieren: Manage your banking affairs;
- Microsoft Outlook: Check your university emails in one convenient spot.
- MyLebara Top-up: If you use Lebara sim card) Manage your account any time, anywhere.
Note: In case you are using an iPhone that does not recognise the above stated apps, then create a new Apple ID and choose the Netherlands among countries.
After your education in the netherlands, you shall follow the certain rules
In case you plan to work the guides below might be interesting for you
Take a look at the following websites and search for rent there!
Unfortunately, these pages are also the places scammers target the most. Be careful of anything that looks too good to be true. Most student houses will want to meet you first, but you should always be able to look around a place or at least insist on a skype call before signing or paying the deposit.
A contract should always be signed before paying the deposit, and if you’re ever asked to transfer money to a bank account with an IBAN that doesn’t begin with NL then beware.