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City of Meppel

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City of Meppel

Meppel is situated in the east of the Netherlands, about 130 km from Amsterdam. The city, which counts over 32.000 citizens, is not one of the biggest of the Netherlands, yet it is surprisingly diverse for its size. Here you'll find anything from a large harbor with sea access, to rural landscapes and from agriculture to modern technology. The city centre has many characteristic streets, small canals, squares and windmills and offers a large diversity of shops, amongst which you will find many large chains, as well as small boutiques. Meppel is known for its events as well; the most notable of which are the Grachten festival in the beginning of June and the Donderdag Meppeldagen.

If you're looking for peace and quiet, however, Meppel may very well be a destination for you as well. The city is surrounded by scenic landscapes and offers many hiking and cycling routes. Aside from nature you can find medieval churches and limekilns.

Meppel has a train station that services fast Intercity trains, which directly connect the city, to Zwolle, Amersfoort and Utrecht to the south, from where you can take direct connections to Amsterdam and to Heerenveen and Leeuwarden in the north. To Amsterdam, the journey will take about 1.5 hours.

The city’s picturesque canals and ample parks, give Meppel a warm and welcoming feel. It is a friendly, laid back town, with plenty of bars and café’s for a night on the town. If you are looking for a slightly wider range of entertainment, the city of Zwolle, a lively university city, is just a 15 minute train ride away. Meppel campus is the most intimate and coziest of the Stenden campuses. Despite its small size and just around 230 students, Meppel is a campus with a strong international student community. 

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.