Student life in Amsterdam

Living in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a welcoming city and is home to more than 180 nationalities. Despite being the country’s largest city with around 800,000 inhabitants, it keeps a small town feel with cobbled streets and neighbourhoods that are easy and safe to explore.

Also a top-visited tourist destination and home to a friendly student community thanks to its three universities, Amsterdam is an inspiring city with so much to offer. 

Things to do

The Dutch are famous for history, art and culture. Amsterdam hosts a range of events and festivals for culture, music, film, food and sport every year. You can also explore:

Multicultural and English-speaking

Amsterdam is a popular tourist destination and English is widely spoken, with English menus, TV channels and friendly locals to help you get around. You'll have lots of opportunities to practise your English but around 95% of Dutch people speak English so you can easily ask for help and directions if you need to. 

Best for business

Amsterdam has joined London and Berlin to be among the top three European cities for startups, hosting festivals such as The Next Web Conference and being named the European Capital of Innovation 2016/17 by the European Commission. Zuidas is an emerging business district of Amsterdam and it’s already home to 700 businesses, including leading international names such as Google and ABN AMRO.

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Holland International Study Centre Amsterdam

Find out more about programmes taught at the Holland International Study Centre Amsterdam.

Why I chose Amsterdam

Students taking photos on a bridge in Holland

Amsterdam ranked 4th

Best student city

(Best Student City European Ranking 2018)