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All incoming international students at Zuyd will be registered in a database, so that we can reach their emergency contacts in case of a crisis. In case of emergencies only (e.g. accidents, fire), you can call the Dutch national emergency phone number 112 for urgent ambulance, police or fire brigade assistance.


  • Use a bike! To save money on short distances, most of the students in the Netherlands ride bicycles. As a newcomer you may need some time to learn how to cycle safely in busy traffic. Second-hand bicycles are widely available. If you buy one and sell it when you leave, you will have saved a lot of money on transportation. Don't forget to buy a decent lock, as bikes are frequently "borrowed" by others.
  • Public transport. The Netherlands has a very efficient public transport system. Trains generally run on time, with frequent connections to a wide number of destinations. 
  • You have a car? If you are from a European Union member state, you may use your national driving license in the Netherlands. If you are here for longer than three months, however, your own license is only valid if you are officially registered with the authorities. After twelve months you will need a Dutch license. Check in advance whether or not you will need an international driving license. You might need it to drive through the countries that lie between your country and the Netherlands. Make sure that your car insurance provides full coverage for all costs that you might incur in the Netherlands (which can be very high). Cars can be parked at most of our campuses. The parking fee amounts to a maximum of € 1.15 per day. Public parking space may be hard to find, and car parks are often quite expensive.

Electrical appliances require 220-230V AC and a special plug. Adaptors and converters can be purchased before departure, but take into account that, in spite of these, 110V equipment may not last very long...

Bicycles in Maastricht