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bunq - digital bank account
Access your money in the NetherlandsHaving a Dutch bank account makes it easier to pay your rent, bills and to use your money in all stores and online. Many stores, including supermarkets, don’t accept foreign bank cards (either debit or credit). Bunq offers the perfect bank account to pay with iDeal and through Tikkie, the Dutch way of paying in one click.
Three reasons why you should sign up for bunq - digital bank account:
You can use your Dutch debit card everywhere
Pay online with iDeal or Tikkie - the Dutch way of paying with one click
Receive your housing allowance on your Dutch bank account
KPN - mobile sim-only
Get a Dutch phone numberIf you’re from outside the EU, or if you’re in the Netherlands more than in your EU home country, you’ll need a Dutch sim card to avoid higher costs. For example, if you’re from the EU and are coming to the Netherlands for 6 months but have a 24 month contract in your home (EU) country, you won’t have to pay extra. However, if you only have a 12 month contract and you are coming to the Netherlands for 7 months, then you will be charged more. This is according to the EU Fair Trade policy.
Three reasons why you should sign up for KPN - mobile sim-only:
A sim-only plan that meets your needs
Start calling and roaming immediately
One of the fastest networks in the country
Swapfiets - bike rental
Rent a bike that always worksAs you might know, the bike is iconic to the Dutch streets. Biking is the number one way of transport in our country. Without a bike, it’s a lot harder to get around. Through Swapfiets you can rent a bike with 24/7 service. Bike not working? They'll fix it for you without you having to pay extra.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Swapfiets - bike rental:
Bike around like a true Dutchie
When you’ve finished studying, you just give your bike back
You’ll have a bike that always works
Insure To Study - student insurance
Ensure you’re covered for all circumstancesIn the Netherlands, it’s mandatory to have health insurance and it's recommended you will get at least a basic plan for other coverages. What type of insurance you will need depends on your personal situation. Insure to Study is an insurance company which specialises in student insurances. They offer packages for both EU/EEA and Non-EU/EEA citizens, covering medical, liability and contents insurance.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Insure To Study - student insurance:
Be covered for health, liability and damages
Insurance starting from your home town
Study free of worries
Gaiyo - OV chip card
Your way of getting around the NetherlandsIn the Netherlands, all public transport works with the OV chip card system. Gaiyo offers a card that allows you to check in and out of all public transport - train, bus, tram and metro. Without the OV card, you pay a lot more per trip. Public transport is very well connected in the Netherlands and can take you virtually everywhere - it’s the best way to explore the Lowlands. Additionally, you can also use the Gaiyo app for other types of mobility like hiring a scooter.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Gaiyo - OV chip card:
Pay with credit card
Well connected network across the entire country
Travel by train, bus, tram, subway or even bike
Flowently - online Dutch course
Learn to talk like a localLearning to speak some Dutch can completely change your experience here. It can help you to communicate with your Dutch classmates, make friends and even help you to get a part time job. Learning some of the local language shows initiative and enthusiasm. It’s great to put onto your CV. Flowently offers a six hour language course conducted in small groups, to help you immerse yourself in the Dutch culture and give your Dutch a head start.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Flowently - online Dutch course:
Learn to speak the local language
All encompassing basic course
Learn in small groups
Flowently - online English course
Brush up on your English skillsLearn to express yourself accurately in another language. An English course from Flowently will give your language skills a boost, so you can confidently work at a professional level. This will help your study and also your integration in the Netherlands! Make new friends easier and express yourself clearly. And who doesn’t like making good jokes?
Three reasons why you should sign up for Flowently - online English course:
Learn to communicate clearly in another language
Save yourself time with your study
Strong English skills are highly valued in the Netherlands
Uber Eats - food delivery
When you’re too lazy to cookUber Eats is an online platform where you can order food from all of your local restaurants and fast food places, straight to your front door. It’s perfect for when you don’t want to cook or want a late night snack.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Uber Eats - food delivery:
Food delivered straight at your doorstep
All your local restaurants on one platform
Perfect for late nights studying or early mornings partying
Basic-Fit - fitness
Work out whenever you want, wherever you wantWorking out has never been as popular as it is nowadays. Basic-Fit has gym establishments across the country and gives you access to all of them when you have a membership. Apart from getting fit, it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. You can follow group lessons or work out on your own and some establishments even have a sauna.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Basic-Fit - fitness:
You can go whenever you please
Group lessons included
Personal training available
Hely - car sharing
The best way to have a car, but without the costsHely is the best way to get around. If you're going for a day out, need to move house, or you want to road trip with friends for a weekend, renting a Hely car is the perfect sustainable option for you. Need to move within the city? Use the cargo bike! No worries, you only pay when you drive.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Hely - car sharing:
No complicated costs, you simply pay per kilometre
No deposit required
Green way of travelling
Hellodoc - digital doctor
The easiest way to visit a doctorIt can be complicated to understand the health system in a new country, let alone find a good doctor. That’s why we recommend HelloDoc. They’re online General Practitioners (GPs), who are available 24/7. The doctors can speak 12 different languages between them. Through video consultation they can consult, diagnose and refer you to specialists.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Hellodoc - digital doctor:
The doctors at HelloDoc speak 12 languages, so you’ll be able to communicate
No long waiting times
Prescriptions can be delivered right to your door
KPN - internet & TV
You need wifi for studying. And netflix, right?As a student, you need the internet to study. KPN offers the fastest internet and television in the Netherlands. They offer short term packages for students, with wifi and television with extras like HBO on demand and sports channels.
Three reasons why you should sign up for KPN - internet & TV:
TV and internet in one package
Always have fast and reliable internet
Play your favorite shows anytime you like
Xior - student housing
Free housing serviceWhen moving to a new country, it’s essential to have a comfortable place to stay. Instead of puzzling your way through the overpriced and overinflated Dutch housing market, use our housing partner. Xior has a wide variety of well-priced student houses on its platform in every city.
Three reasons why you should sign up for Xior - student housing:
Free of charge
Find a room that meets your needs
Avoid the stress of finding something all by yourself