Student life

Living in Amsterdam

The International Study Centre is located in Holland’s capital city, Amsterdam. It’s a welcoming and safe city and its public transportation and dedicated cycle routes make it easy to travel around and see the sites. You certainly won’t be short of things to do as a student in Amsterdam. 

Open-minded capital

Amsterdam is a welcoming capital city and 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. 

Great culture

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:

Inspiring study facilities

At the International Study Centre you will have views of the IJ river and Amsterdam’s skyline. The centre is conveniently located close to the city centre, and Amsterdam Central Station is just a ten-minute walk or three-minute tram ride away. Shared with other businesses, the building has a cool lobby where you can grab a coffee at the StartUp café, and on the seventeenth floor you’ll find a restaurant offering a wide range of lunch options. The International Study Centre has its own floor where you’ll find bright, modern classrooms and study facilities, and a communal area for socialising and relaxing.

Beautiful and historic

You’ll see seventeenth century architecture in the Old Centre and can enjoy wandering picturesque streets lined with beautiful canals and narrow houses. Spring is a particularly charming time of year in Holland, where you can look forward to beautiful displays of tulips everywhere – check out the displays in Keukenhof which is said to have seven million bulbs and 800 varieties of the flower during the season. 

Global cuisine 

A city catering for all cultures, Amsterdam offers cuisine from around the world as well as delightful Dutch restaurants. Popular Dutch snacks include bitterballen and stroopwafels. And if you’re looking for somewhere to eat out, you’ll be spoilt for choice – try The Pantry for traditional cuisine, sample Dutch cheese at the Alkmaar cheese market or enjoy a Chinese meal in Europe’s first floating restaurant ‘Sea Palace’. 

Easy European travel

  • Schengen visa allows travel to other European countries without the need for multiple visas.
  • Brussels, Antwerp and Paris are just a few hours away by train. 
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers direct flights across Europe, Asia the Middle East, Africa and North, Central and South America. 


The Student Hotel - AM City

Most of our students choose to live in The Student Hotel which offers a welcoming home, social events and free use of a bicycle.

William from Uganda