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City of Emmen

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City of Emmen

Emmen lies in the north east of the Netherlands, just a few km away from the German border. It is about 185 km from of Amsterdam and 270 km from Hamburg in Germany. The city is located in the province of Drenthe, with a population of slightly more than 100,000 people.

Emmen is known as what is called a planned city. In other words, it did not just spring up by accident but was rather planned out deliberately and carefully before it’s founding. There are a number of monumental building in the city centre though, including several churches. The most notable one is the Grote Kerk, with a Roman tower originating in the 12th century. The Pauluskerk seems a lot older than it actually is due to its design, but originates in 1949. It is nonetheless a national monument. Also, two Saxon farm buildings remain in the city centre, one on the market square, now housing a café. Emmen lies on the southernmost tip of a chain hills called the Hondsrug (Dog Ridge), an area with many forests, which is popular with cyclists and ramblers alike. This part of the country is also well known for its "hunebedden" (dolmens), Stone Age burial chambers. Some of these lie within the built-up area of Emmen itself.

Dierenpark Emmen, a well known zoo, attracts nearly 1.5 million visitors a year. Other attractions include a yearly bike race, called the Gouden Pijl, which has been held since 1976 and has grown to include both a men’s and women’s race.

From most destinations in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, or Schiphol Airport, you can board an intercity service to Zwolle and change trains there. To Amsterdam, the journey will take about 2.5 hours.

Emmen is a friendly, laid back town, with plenty of bars and café’s for a night on the town. The city also has a lot of restaurants, including Mediterranean, Asian and European cuisine. “The Country Club” is an international student club at NHL Stenden in Emmen; everyone is welcome there, irrespective of where you come from.

For housing matters Stenden works with its official accommodation partner “StudentStay”. EU students are welcome to register for a room via their website, but getting a room will depend on availability.

We therefore encourage European students to find their own accommodation, since finding a place to live in the north of the Netherlands, where NHL Stenden’s branches are located, is relatively easy.

Once you have been admitted and have registered for a study programme at NHL Stenden, you should start looking for accommodation. We recommend you to start early with finding a suiting accommodation. This way you can ensure you find the right place to live during your study.

In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents, or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms.  

Many people use Facebook to advertise accommodation and to find flat mates. 

There are also plenty of online platforms which publish vacant rooms, apartments and houses by different agencies in different price categories. Some of them are free to join while for others you may be required to pay a one-off registration fee or a monthly fee.