A lot of students are going to live in rented rooms in Enschede in order to experience the real student life. Most students rent a room because they want to live on their own and because it is cosy. Other advantages are that travelling time is limited (no matter where you live) and of course the fact that you don’t have to miss out on the various aspects of student life. Looking for a room to live in? In Enschede there is plenty of space so you will soon find a room to your liking. Another advantage in comparison to other student cities is the price. You will find a relatively large room for a small amount of money. There are several possibilities to live on your own in Enschede. You can choose to live in a student residence or in a self-contained house and you can choose between living on the University Campus or in the town centre. One thing is certain, your student life in Enschede will be unforgettable and there is a possibility that you may never leave…
In a students’ house
Do you want to experience everything a students’ life has to offer? Then living in a students’ house is something for you. The formation in the houses and the number of people varies. One thing is for sure, there is always company. In many houses people cook and go out together. And (theme) parties are frequently organized. There are student associations that have their own houses, but you can also go to ‘SJHT’ (‘Stichting Jongerenhuisvesting Twente’, foundation for youth housing in Twente).
There are plenty of student rooms for rent on the only university campus of the Netherlands. Everything you need can be found on the campus: a supermarket, a sports centre, physiotherapist, family doctor, dentist, hairdresser and bookshop. You can also find a cultural centre at the Vrijhof that regularly provides performances and courses. Events are organized regularly. To qualify for a room on the campus, you need to be registered at ‘de Veste’. The registration is free. As soon as you are registered, you can look for a room. An advantage of de Veste is that they do not work with waiting lists. When there is a room that meets your requirements, you can react straight away.
de Veste Studentenhuisvesting
Telephone: +31-(0)529 45 25 88 E-mail:
The Student Union also mediates in the search for rooms, both at the campus and in the city.
If you want to be close to the central station, shops, cafés and restaurants, you’d best look for a room in the centre. When you are looking for a room in Enschede, you can register at ‘SJHT’ (‘Stichting Jongeren Huisvesting Twente’, foundation for youth housing in Twente). You can also look for a room yourself at www.kamernet.nl. When you are a member of a student association or would like to become one, you can also look for a room via your association. Depending on your choice, it is possible that you are invited to ‘view as a guest’ (‘hospiteren’ in Dutch). This simply means that a number of (future) students are invited to view the room and meet the roommates. In the end the current residents choose who they would like to have as a new roommate. This means that it is possible that you are rejected sometimes, but don’t give up. When you are true to yourself, you will find the ideal room with the ideal housemates.
Stichting Jongeren Huisvesting Twente
Telephone: +31-(0)53-4320437 E-mail:
On your own
The advantages of living on your own is the freedom and usually also the space that you have. Many students who choose to live on their own rent an apartment alone or together with a friend. You are in charge of your own and are less bound to others. In addition, you do not need to share the toilet and bathroom with many roommates. If you do not live in a students’ house, it does not mean that you are not part of life as a student. There are plenty of other places where you can keep up with your social contacts! If you would like to live on your own, it is best to search via housing corporations, but the ‘SJHT’ (‘Stichting Jongerenhuisvesting Twente’, foundation for youthhousing in Twente) and ‘
’ (rental housing organisation) also offer possibilities for renting an apartment. De Veste mainly aims at the campus, but also has a few apartments in the city centre.
When you are looking for an apartment with a friend or alone, it is best to look for a place at a housing cooperation. It differs per housing cooperation if you can get priority when you have been registered for a longer time, so check the offer and register at the housing cooperation that appeals to you. Registration is often free.
R.K. Woningstichting Ons Huis (RC rental housing organization)
Telephone: +31-(0)53-4848900 E-mail:
Woningcorporatie De Woonplaats (housing cooperation)
Telephone: +31-(0)900-9678 (local tariff) E-mail:
Woningcorporatie Domijn (housing cooperation)
Telephone: +31-(0)900-3350335 E-mail:
‘Stichting Jongerenhuisvesting Twente’ (foundation for youth housing in Twente) rents out rooms and apartments to youth between 18 and 30 years. The advantage of SJHT is that they offer students’ houses as well as private accommodation. They have built three new blocks of housing property in the newly built district Roombeek, close to the centre. You can register through the website for a small fee.
Telephone: +31-(0)53-4320437 E-mail:
Besides the regular channels, there are also rooms you can rent in private houses. A number of these can be found at
. What usually helps is to ask as many friends and acquaintances as possible to be on the look-out for you.
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Enschede is a really nice city to go shopping. It has a large variety of stores, from well-known brands to local enterprises. The weekly market attracts visitors from a large region and from across the German border. The city centre has a lot to offer for a day of shopping; a nice mix of department stores, boutiques and catering. Here you will find everything you need in terms of fashion, gadgets, interior and lifestyle. You can find for example Zara, G-Star and Primark. For more information and tips look at
Opening hours and Sunday shopping
The shops in the city centre are open seven days a week, Monday to Sunday. Regular opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most shops open at 11 a.m. on Monday and on Thursday evening shops are open till 9 p.m. Every Sunday is shopping Sunday in Enschede and the shops are open from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dozens of salesmen enthusiastically try to sell their goods every Tuesday and Saturday. Their offer varies from fresh products to fabrics, flowers, buttons, perfume and clothes. The visitor rates of the market are high, which shows that it is a popular market with a lot of people. Every Saturday 60,000 people find their way to the H.J. Van Heekplein. Once you have finished shopping at the market, you can discover the shops in the city centre.
H.J. Van Heekplein
The H.J. Van Heekplein is the largest square in Enschede for a rich and diverse shopping experience. Below the square you find the largest underground parking of The Netherlands.
The Dutch are generally well acquainted with the public transportation system, and a simple request for directions is generally answered in a fair amount of detail. It is considered impolite not to greet the conductor when tickets are inspected. The conductor is also generally thanked when finished. It is customary to ask someone if one may sit next to them if the seat is occupied by their personal belongings. This request is rarely denied. The Dutch generally do not make light conversation with their fellow passengers if they are not acquainted, and may find an attempt to do so intrusive and unwanted. However, fellow passengers will generally answer simple questions relating to one’s trip (e.g. what the next stop is, or the platform of the departing train). Loud mobile phone conversations in public are common, even in public transport, but considered rude by many. Quiet carriages have been introduced by the railways, marked by ‘stilte’ (silence) written on a horizontal sticker on the window and/or by the pictograms depicting no mobile phones or talking.
Accessibility by train
Enschede has four train stations. Next to Enschede Central Station there is also a train station in Enschede Drienerlo (close to the University of Twente campus), Enschede Eschmarke and Glanerbrug. Enschede Central Station is easy to reach through multiple connections. Not only from the Netherlands but there is also a connection coming in from Germany. There are daily trains running from Enschede Central Station to Münster and Osnabrück.
Hourly line Enschede to Gronau-Münster(Germany)
Hourly line Enschede to Gronau-Dortmund (Germany) via Gronau and Coesfeld (Germany)
From Enschede Central Station there are excellent intercity-connections to Amersfoort, Utrecht, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Schiphol. Besides that there is also a train running to the northern part of the Netherlands with destination Zwolle twice every hour on weekdays and to Apeldoorn twice an hour. After a switch on Hengelo Central Station you can transfer to the trains to Zutphen and Oldenzaal and the international train to Berlin (Germany). Up-to-date travel information can be found on the following websites:
(travel information when travelling by train)
(door to door travel information)
(travel information for Germany)
Accessibility by bus
Enschede is easy to reach by bus and within the city you can travel virtually anywhere by bus. The busses are fast and reliable. Thanks to special bus lanes the frequency of busses is relatively high. During peak hours there are six to eight busses running every hour and on some connections there are fourteen busses running because of the combination of bus lines. Special ‘Park & Ride’ locations are situated next to one of the main access motorways. Here you can park the entire day for € 2,-. This includes a free bus ride for up to five people to the city. On Saturdays and German holidays extra shuttle busses are deployed to take you to and from the city centre. Transport by bus in Enschede is provided by Twents (part of Syntus) and Arriva. Websites:
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In the Netherlands, many people use a bike as a means of transport. It is very common and cheap to move around Enschede by bike. Addresses for renting and buying a bike:
Rijwielshop Enschede, Centraal Station Enschede, Stationplein 33, tel: +31-(0)53-4322792.
Damhuis Rijwielen, Gronausestraat 1126, tel: +31-(0)53-4611807.
Landewé, Broekheurnerweg 62, tel: +31-(0)53-4315952.
Ten Tusscher, Oldenzaalsestraat 340, tel: +31-(0)53-4358219.
Het Rijwielpaleis, Lipperkerkstraat 174, tel: +31-(0)53-4323774.
Snellers, Haaksbergerstraat 122, tel: +31-(0)53-4322223.
Timmerman, Deurningerstraat 113, tel: +31-(0)53-4353186.
For those who want to visit the city by bike, there are two bicycle parkings that are free and under surveillance. Below ‘V&D’ (department store) at the Van Heekplein is a bike parking (for 1,100 bikes/mopeds) and at the crossing at ‘De Graaff’ at the Brammelerstraat (for 650 bikes/mopeds). Opening hours parking ‘Van Heekplein’ Monday to Wednesday + Friday 08.00 -19.00 Thursday 08.00 – 22.00 Saturday 08.00 – 18.30 ‘Shopping Sunday’ 11.00 – 18.00 Opening hours parking ‘De Graaff’ Monday to Wednesday 08.30 – 18.30 Thursday to Saturday 08.30 – 05.00 ‘Shopping Sunday’ 12.00 – 18.00
Lock your bike
Enschede is a relatively safe city. If you want to be sure that your bike will not be stolen, it is advisable to lock your bike with a solid lock. You can ask about solid locks at the above-mentioned bike shops.
If you want to work in Enschede (or the rest of the Netherlands) you will need a work permit, a residency permit and a (Dutch) social security number. Lastly, you need to be registered with the municipality. Employees from the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland can come to the Netherlands to work without a residence permit. Their employer does not require a work permit. For more information about the Dutch labour market visit
the website of the government
. The World Trade Center Twente has an Expat Center that can assist you with settling in the Netherlands as well as provide information about working in the Netherlands. For more information
visit the website
. The administrational office of the municipality of Enschede houses an Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) loket (in English; Immigration and Naturalisation counter). After making an appointment, you can pick up required documents at the administrational office in Enschede, and at the same time register with the municipality (even if you are not a resident in Enschede) and obtain the BSN number (Social Security number). On every Monday from 11:00 – 16:00, Expat Center Twente will also be present at the IND counter in Enschede to receive and assist expats. If you are looking for a job in the Enschede region there are a number of websites that provide an overview of the current vacancies.
Overview of vacancies for the well-educated.
Enschede has many supermarkets. These are a number of supermarkets in the centre of the city and at the university campus:
Jumbo Supermarkt, Noorderhagen 75, 7511 EK Enschede.
Albert Heijn, H.J. van Heekplein 63, 7511 HN Enschede.
Coop Compact Campus UT, De Hems 16/90, 7522 NL Enschede.
A toko is an oriental shop; in the Netherlands the owners are usually Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese or Surinamese. You can often find ready-to-eat oriental meals like chow mein and fried rice at these shops, but also mainly a great diversity of ingredients from East Asia and South-east Asia.
Toko Het Oosten, Zuiderhagen 50, 7511 GL Enschede.
Toko Tai Wing, De Heurne 16, 7511 GX Enschede.
Peter HU Asian Supermarket, De Klomp 148, 7511 DJ Enschede,
With its 22,000 students and its many places of entertainment, Enschede is a lively university city. And you are at the right place for study possibilities in Enschede. There is a great diversity of studies at the University of Twente, Saxion and ArtEZ University of the Arts. From pop academy to technology and from psychology to economy, the study of your choice will certainly be available. Many of the offered studies are very popular with international students.
University of Twente
High tech, human touch. That is the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals are working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 10,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit, organizes numerous activities for secondary schools and is a partner of Kennispark Twente. The UT is a leading international research university focusing on both developing technology and assessing the impact of technology on people and society. With degree programmes in fields ranging from behavioural and management sciences to engineering and natural sciences, the UT is a true multi-disciplinary institution. Popular top ranked research areas at the university include nanotechnology, biomedical technology, information technology, governance studies, and energy and high tech systems. Illustrating the success of this approach is the fact that in 2011 the UT was ranked for the sixth consecutive year in The Higher Education Ranking (THES) top-200 list of world universities. A commitment to integrate social and engineering sciences is reflected both in high level teaching and research taking place at the university, and through the innovations brought to the market by over 750 spin-off companies. The academic focus and entrepreneurial orientation of the UT are complimented by the spacious green campus of the institution, which features both excellent IT infrastructure as well as fitness/entertainment/shopping facilities. Close links are also maintained with industry, business, knowledge centres and partner universities on a regional, national as well as international level. Students from around the world representing over 70 nationalities currently study at the UT. The University of Twente is the most appreciated Dutch University by international students (according to Internationa l Student Barometer). Years of experience have shown that the international students of the UT are extremely satisfied with the quality of education, living conditions, the institution, and support facilities. In all these areas, the University of Twente has scored higher than the overall satisfaction rate at other Dutch Universities according to international students. For more information go to
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with over 22,000 students (and still growing!). Saxion University has a rich history – its roots can be traced back to the 1875. Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands – one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn. The largest location with more than 75 studies can be found in the centre of Enschede. For more information go to
ArtEZ University of the Arts
ArtEZ University of the Arts provides bachelor and master studies in the area of visual arts, fashion, design, architecture, music, dance and drama. The combination of various art disciplines within ArtEZ makes many (unexpected) connections possible, for example between music and visual arts. The ArtEZ school of music is situated in the centre of Enschede and is a part of the new ‘Nationaal Muziekkwartier’. AKI ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design is established in the district Roombeek. The small-scaled character of the education ensures that you will develop your artistic identity in the best possible way. For more information go to
Enschede has a rich club life. Students’ associations are of course widely known, but there are also sports clubs and cultural associations especially for students. There are no less than 36 sport clubs and 18 cultural associations, with more than 4,000 active students. Within all the clubs and associations, the social character is of great importance. One thing is for sure, at every club you will find fellow students with the same interest or hobby.
Besides being a member of a club or association and going for a drink, training or theatre course, you can often make an active contribution by organising activities for you and your fellow students. Would you like to organise a boat race as well as a gala for your sports club, or set up your own activity? It’s all possible!
The social associations are perfect if you like to party. Here, you will make friends for life in the yearclub that you will form yourself or the dispuut that you become a member of. There are various associations that you can choose from. For example, there is a Christian student association, but also more corporal student associations. The societies of four of these associations can be found in the building on the Oude Markt:
. You can find all the associations
UniTe is the platform for all associations that are involved with internationalization. It consists of all International associations and organizations involved in Internationalization (for example study, sport and cultural associations). UniTe acts as an advisory council and is focused on University’s policy concerning internationalization and integration. Visit
for more information. At
you can find a list of all associations available.
Are you a real sports fan and would you like to keep practising your favourite sports during your student days in Enschede or discover a new sportive side to yourself? Then take a look at the students’ sports club that appeals to you most. From oriental martial arts to kite surfing, from mountain-bike racing to underwater hockey, you name it, Enschede will have a matching sports club for you.
The University of Twente and Saxion University of Applies Sciences offer a great variety in sports, cultural activities and workshops. At a very attractive price, you can purchase the Xtra-card to have access to all these facilities. Visit
for more information.
Have you discovered your talent yet? Are you perhaps a star in impersonating others or improvisation, than theatre sport association Pro Deo might be something for you. Is your dancing out of this world, in any area (break-dance, ballroom dance, jazz dance), then do join one of the many dance associations.
The University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences are offering a great variety in sports, cultural activities and workshops. At a very attractive price, you can purchase the Xtra-card to have access to all these facilities. Visit
for more information.
At the University of Twente you will encounter many different cultures because of the high number of international students. If you want to get to know these cultures even better and make friends from all over the world, there are a number of world associations that each represent a country or foreign culture. They organise cool activities in which you see, hear, taste, and experience the other culture. Furthermore, the activities are very educational, since getting to know a new culture puts your own principles, habits, and customs in perspective. Be inspired and give an international twist to your student life by becoming a member of a world association! Click
for more information.
Enschede is a city of knowledge and education. With the University of Twente and ‘Kennispark Twente’ (lt. Knowledge Park Twente), internationally acclaimed for their ability to transfer theoretical knowledge into high end practical applications. A city with Saxion University of Applied Sciences, a conservatory, a pop academy, an international school and an art academy. Epicentre to music and culture in the east of the Netherlands. With a splendid range of shops and boutiques. All centred around the most convivial public square in the Netherlands; de Oude Markt (lt. Old Market Square) that is surrounded by several cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. Enschede is also home to that fantastic football club, FC Twente! Enschede; a city to fall in love with, to call home, to work, study – a city to live. Where the future starts again, every day. Today. Now.
Nightlife & drinks
Enschede offers a variety of bars and restaurants on and around the Oude Markt. More than 50 events are organised in the city every year. One of these is ‘Grolsch Summer Sounds’; four summery Thursday evenings of music, show and entertainment. Moreover, there is a great Introduction Concert, which draws 6,000 students every year. But also ‘GOGBOT’, the largest multimedia art festival of the Netherlands, takes place in Enschede annually. You can find all kinds of restaurants, pubs, student societies and hip places of entertainment, which makes Enschede popular among students – especially on Thursday, the traditional student night. You will not lack anything in culture either: there are various theatres, cinemas, music stages, museums and galleries to stimulate your senses.
Arts & Culture
Enschede is a true musical city. With the Nationaal Muziekkwartier (lt. National Music Quarter) Enschede has a beautiful music- and theatre stage at its disposal. Six cultural institutions are housed under one roof; the Wilminktheatre, Muziekcentrum Enschede, Pop Stage Atak, the Nationale Reisopera and the Nederlands Symphony Orchestra. Offering a wide variety of classical and contemporary, rock and musical and soul and jazz. The extraordinary combination of copper and glass make the Muziekkwartier an architectonical point of interest. Next to this there are a number of smaller and more intimate theatres and cinemas. The many art galleries and exhibitions, where all varieties of visual arts are reflected, complete the cultural diversity. For a complete overview of the activities in the area of Arts & Culture go to
(only available in Dutch).
Don’t feel like cooking? In the city centre of Enschede you will always be able to get either a quick lunch, an extensive dinner or a
cheap daily plate
Most restaurants can be found at or around the
. These restaurants are also very popular with students, but you will find nice restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal everywhere in the city centre. Enschede offers a large variety of restaurants, from the cheaper ones to the more luxury and the posh ones.
You will find a complete overview of all restaurants in Enschede here