The Hague: the ideal city for international students

Student Ambassador Phuong from the Hague University of Applied Sciences explains why you should consider The Hague as your study destination.

Posted by Phuong Nguyen - Student Ambassador - The Hague UAS at Jul 30, 2018 02:54 PM

Choosing a university for intellectual development is vital, however, choosing a city to live in while being a student is also a crucial choice. Since the city where you decide to spend your students year should not only facilitate you in studying but it also should be an exploration, it should bring you a sense of welcoming and comfort.

The Hague - the city of peace and justice - is the third largest city of the Netherlands. The Hague has a perfect combination of an active, lively, international, cosmopolitan with cultured, local gems, natural spots.

Here are 5 reasons why The Hague is the ideal student city in the Netherlands:

1. The living cost in the Hague is affordable:

As a student who has lived in the Hague for three years, I have had many conversations with students who live in different cities in the Netherlands. I found out that it is feasible to live a decent student life in the Hague without having a burden on your budget.

Generally, the housing cost would normally range from 250 euros to 500 euros per month. This mostly depends on the location and the size of the accommodation. Regarding the cost for food, it would be affordable if you know the right place to shop. I strongly recommend The Hague Open Market (Haagse Markt). There you can find a wide range of products and all of them are amazingly cheap and yet have good quality. Furthermore, there are many second-hand shops in The Hague where you can not only find low-cost second-hand yet good quality clothes but also many other items. 

2. The Hague provides a fully international experience:

With openness and hospitality, the Hague opens its door to people from all walks of life. Therefore, the Hague has a population with diverse nationalities. Moreover, the Hague is where the majority of embassies and political institutions are located. Thus, the Hague is also where the annually Embassy Festival takes place.

As a result, the Hague can bring you a truly international experience. It is commonly valued, the diversity and people with international backgrounds in the Hague. As a result, you will have the chance to meet and make friends with many people from around the world.

There would be no problem if you do not speak Dutch because English is commonly used, along with many languages such as German, French, Spanish, Turkish. Let the Hague broaden your mind and widen your heart with a truly international environment.

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3. The Hague is filled with intellectual resources:

There are 6 universities and educational institutes in the Hague, together with many libraries including the central library and library in each districtsAll of them offer a diversity and extensive intellectual resources for everyone. You can effortlessly acquire the information from any fields or topics you want. Moreover, it is easily accessible for people to gain the intellectual resource they need, be it books, audiobooks or DVD.

4. You can never get bored in The Hague:

The Hague offers to its people a wide range of activities and events. Every week, a variation of events are organized by many organizations, student associations, self-organized groups. Be it a lecture on international relations, a yoga workshop, a language exchange session, an open meal with refugees or a volunteer event, etc. It is certainty that you can always find something that catch your interest or align with your passion in The Hague. Besides, there are many cultural highlights are located in the Hague, be it a museum or a palace. Coming to the Hague means saying good-bye to boredom and saying hello to an exciting life.

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5. Part-time jobs are quite easy to find:

Being the third largest city of the Netherlands, there are many companies are located in the Hague. Therefore, it is easy to find a company that offers a part-time job since most of them are always looking for employees, be it a restaurant, a cafe, etc. Besides, due to the fact that the Hague is an international city, therefore, Dutch is not really necessary a 'must' to apply for a part-time job. If you can communicate in English efficiently then it is more than enough. However, it is an advantage if you can speak Dutch. 

The Hague is opening its arms for you and it is ready to give you a wonderful student experience, so what are you waiting for?

Posted by Phuong Nguyen - Student Ambassador - The Hague UAS at Jul 30, 2018 02:54 PM