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City of Deventer

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City of Deventer

Deventer is a municipality in the Dutch province of Overijssel, it has a population of just under 100,000 and even today manages to retain a bit of it’s old world charm. The city, which is built along the banks of the river Ijssel, is a very historical town and one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Deventer is a nice small and cozy city, with a rich history and an old city centre which has a great atmosphere. There are many monuments and fine old buildings to look at as.

If you wish to taste the atmosphere of this centuries-old Hanseatic city, the best thing you can do is take a walk. Walk past the many monuments, squares, churches, museums, and also the oldest stone house in Holland. Deventer is also home to Holland’s oldest library, the Atheneum bibliotheek and Holland’s oldest park, the Worpplantsoen.

Although many of the big international fashion brand shops are represented in Deventer, there are also some interesting independent stores, which sell everything from crafts, books, and local goods, as well as some very good delicatessens. As with many old towns, if you wander down the alleys and back streets you can often find some fascinating little shops.

Deventer has 2 railway stations and benefits greatly from being at the intersection between 2 important railway lines. There are trains from Deventer to Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zwolle, Arnhem, The Hague, Berlin and Hamburg. The journey time to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Deventer is a small cozy old city, with a lot of public events taking place through the year. Because of its compact size, you will feel at home here very soon. The city does not has a vibrant student nightlife scene, but there are some great places to eat in Deventer and the city also has a student café, where you can let your hair down and party until the small hours.


Deventer is not an expensive city to live in, but your monthly budget highly depends on your lifestyle. Overall, you would need a minimum between 650 and 750 EUR/month to pay for all expenses: accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation.

In case you would like to have everything arranged in time and want to immerse yourself in international student life, Saxion offers the possibility to reserve a room in one of its international student houses. In all three cities (Enschede, Apeldoorn & Deventer) we have university buildings, we have contracts with the local student housing associations. The total rental fee for one year is € 5,000 (11.5 months). You are allowed to pay your rental fee in installments

You can apply for a room as soon as you have been admitted or conditionally admitted. The deadline for applying for Saxion accommodation is 1 May 2018. After this date, it is no longer possible to reserve a room and you will be put on a waiting list.