What does university cost and how can you apply for financial assistance?

Before you start your Bachelor’s programme, it is good to have an idea of what it will cost and how you are going to pay for it.

When planning for your studies at university, you must take the necessary costs into account. In addition to your tuition fees, there are costs of living such as accommotion.

  • What are the costs?

    In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to take into account the costs of living and insurance. 

    According to a 2017 student survey from the Dutch organisation Nibud, the following reflect the average monthly costs for students in the Netherlands:

    • Rent: 417 euros
    • Shopping: 181 euros
    • Books and supplies: 58 euros
    • Transportation (in addition to the public transportation card): 63 euros
    • Relaxation, going out and sports: 146 euros
    • Clothing and shoes: 47 euros
    • Health insurance: 106 euros
    • Phone: 26 euros
  • Applying for student finance through DUO

    If you are a Dutch national (or have the same rights) and are about to start your studies, you can apply for student finance. Student finance consists of various components. You decide which parts to apply for. With the calculation tool from DUO, you can calculate how much student finance you are eligible for and then determine which components you want to apply for.

    You will receive the amount for the tuition fees as soon as you begin your studies, usually as of 1 September, on the condition that you are registered by that date. The additional financing amount will be deposited into your account at the end of every month, also during the summer holidays.

    When you apply for student finance, you can apply for the public transportation student card (also called the student travel product) at the same time. 

  • Other finance options

    For US students there are also several loan programmes available. Other finance options can be found on the website Study in Holland