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City of Enschede

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City of Enschede

Enschede is the municipality and city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel, in the Twente region, with 160 .000 inhabitants. This green city is surrounded by nature and is an excellent place for cycling, walking, or horseback riding. Enschede borders Germany, being only a few kilometers away from that country.

In former times Enschede was a major centre of the textile industry, but now it is a university city with a vibrant nightlife. In 2003 Enschede was named the greenest city in Holland.

Enschede has some great places to shop. Indeed it is thought by many to be the best shopping in the east of the Netherlands. There is a weekly market which sells a wide and interesting array of goods and product. As well as the many locals that visit the market, there are also many visitors from the nearby border with Germany.

The “HJ van Heekplein” square in city center, has a good selection of both large and small shops, as well as some major retailers. If you are looking for something a bit more off beat, some of the smaller back streets contain many interesting artisan stores and boutiques. The “Old Market” area has a beautiful terrace, where there are many good cafes and restaurants. 

The train to Amsterdam offers a frequent and direct service and it takes around 2 hrs to get there. Enschede also has a good train service to Dortmund and Munster in Germany. There are also frequent fast trains to Rotterdam and The Hague.

Enschede is a university city with a student population of over 11.000, therefore most of its local attractions are specially designed to satisfy young people’s tastes. You can visit modern museums, check out an amusement park and relax in an abundance of pubs and bars. Major attractions in Enschede are: “The Old Market Square” – a local popular spot, where most events take place, especially in the week-end; the “Grote Kerk” (central church), the oldest building in the city. Take a promenade, or go cycling around the Volkspark, and check out the “Planet Parc” amusement park.

In the evenings, Enschede offers a plethora of cool pubs, bars and clubs that you can check out. Since you are very close to the German border, you can always make a trip to the neighbouring country; for example, you can get to Münster in less than an hour and you are also around two hours away from Amsterdam and Eindhoven airport by train.

Enschede also has a lot of student organisations/fraternaties. For example, AEGEE is a student organization with an international outlook and a presence in most major university cities in Europe. They have a bit of a cosmopolitan outlook and they also have their own bar in the city center of Enschede.

All our international bachelor studies are offered in Enschede; except for Bachelor in Hotel management (Apeldoorn), Bachelor Software Engineering-Information Technology (Deventer) and Bachelor in Tourism management (Deventer).    

Enschede 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.