Living in the Netherlands

Register at the City Hall (Municipality)

All students intending to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). Therefore, you need to make sure that you are legally allowed to live at your new Dutch address. You are obliged to register at the municipality. After registering yourself you will be provided with a Citizen Service Number (BSN). You need this number when you open a bank account or applying for a health insurance. Registration regulations may vary from one council to another. Please check online how to register at your location.

Get a BSN and open a bank account

Getting your citizen service number (BSN) and setting up a Dutch bank account are two of the first steps to establishing your new life in the Netherlands. Having a Dutch address is essential to do all both. You need a BSN to open a bank account, start a side job and to use the healthcare system. You will receive your BSN via regular mail after registering at your local municipality.

Opening a Dutch bank account can be done at several banks. The three most well-known banks are ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank. To open a Dutch bank account, you must have a valid identification document (ID/Passport), Dutch address, proof of enrolment at the university, and your residence permit if you are not an EU citizen. The minimum age to open a bank account is 18 years. If you are under 18 a parent or legal representative should accompany you. Is our parent or legal representative not able to travel with you then an online bank such as Bunq is a good option.

Get health insurance

You are not obliged to have a Dutch health insurance if you are in the Netherlands for study purposes only. You can remain insured with the health insurance provider in your home country or take private international health insurance. If you are from the EU/EEA you may be eligible to receive a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which covers your necessary medical costs during your stay.


Housing shortage for students in the Netherlands is quite a familiar issue. Unfortunately, we cannot provide proper accommodation facilities at Inholland. We advise all students to start looking for accommodation at least 4 months prior to arrival. We do provide assistance in finding a student room or apartment per location. You can easily contact the international office via this page.