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City of Vlissingen

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City of Vlissingen

Vlissingen is a city in the southwestern part of the Netherlands in the province of Zeeland, close to the Belgian border, with a population of about 45.000 people. The city dates back to 620AD. Since that time, it has grown to become the third most important seaport in the Netherlands. It is a lively seaside and tourist resort, which attracts many thousands of visitors and tourists every year. Vlissingen has a temperate sea climate, which is milder than the rest of the Netherlands due to its more southern location on the coast.

The city’s main attractions are its seaside boulevard and lovely beaches. Its main beach, one of the best beaches in all of the Netherlands. Vlissingen beach has won the Blue Flag award every year since 2003. This award goes to only those beaches that maintain the highest level of cleanliness on the beach and in the water itself. The locals are extremely friendly and there are museums and parks that are just a short walk from the beach. Water sports can also be played, or one can simply sunbathe on the sandy beaches.

There are two railway stations in town and Vlissingen is the last stop on the Rotterdam - Roosendaal-Vlissingen line. From this line, you can connect directly to Amsterdam, The Hague, or Rotterdam. Trains are available every 30 minutes.

Everybody knows that being a student is much more than studying till the early hours of the morning and sweating at exams. That is just part of it. The part that helps you expand your mind, test your brain, make you proud of your hard-won achievements and feel yourself slowly but certainly develop into a qualified professional with expert knowledge and managerial skills. But a well-balanced professional also relaxes.

Fun, sports and being together with like-minded friends and going on trips: that is the reward for hard work. Vlissingen offers you everything you need to enjoy student life. Within cycling distance you will find shops, bars, the beach and loads of activities at HZ itself.

Besides the attractiveness of its seaside location, Vlissingen offers numerous beach pavilions and a varied nightlife. There are also some nearby attractions, such as ‘Het Arsenaal’, which are ideal for a day out.

Vlissingen also offers a number of excellent restaurants. Not surprisingly, many of the food establishments in town serve seafood. The seafood in Vlissingen is always freshly caught. Aside from seafood, you will also find restaurants that serve Italian, Argentine, Indonesian, Chinese, Greek, French and classic Dutch cuisine.

Join HZ’s sports club HZ Sport for all your sporting activities. Take part in weekly sports such as tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor football, swimming, or get discounts on activities such as kite surfing, climbing, go karting and mountain biking.


Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has partnered with housing cooperation APV to make it easier for students to find a place to live.

Once you have registered at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can start booking a room with APV, which offers student accommodations in Vlissingen. Prices start from €250 per month all in and increase depending on the size of the room and required comfort. Most student houses are near the city centre and within cycling distance of Zeeland University of Applied Sciences. You are also close to the Vlissingen Boulevard and the beach. 

Make sure you book a room in time (preferably in the early spring), so you have the best chances to book the room that suits your wishes. You have several options regarding to renting a room. Accommodation varies from single units, to three to nine-bedroom apartments with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.