Studying in Amsterdam is a unique experience. Amsterdam's wide range of educational institutions makes it a college town, where students are well integrated. It is an old city with a delightful historic centre that is still largely made up of 17th century buildings and canals.
Amsterdam is not only the capital, it is also the largest city of the Netherlands. Its name is derived from Amstellerdam, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel.
Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. Most large businesses are located outside the city centre meaning that central Amsterdam still retains its old world charm.
A side from that the city also offers many attractions. For example the historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops. More than 4.63 million tourists visit Amsterdam every year.
Moreover Amsterdam is extremely famous for its vibrant and diverse nightlife. The two main nightlife areas are the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein.
Additionally, as we all know, the city has many cafés (bars). These range from large and modern to small and cozy. The typical Bruine Kroeg (brown café) has an older fashioned atmosphere with dimmed lights and candles. Most cafés have terraces in summertime. A common sight on the Leidseplein during summer is a square full of terraces packed with people drinking beer or wine.
There are also many restaurants in Amsterdam. Restaurants range from being rather luxurious and expensive to being ordinary and affordable.
Furthermore the city can offer you many clubs. Most of these 'clubs' are situated near the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein.
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world with good facilities for cyclists including bike lanes and plentiful bike racks. About 38% of all journeys within the city limits are made by bicycle. 35% of journeys are made by public transport, mostly by bus and tram. The city is relatively compact and is much easier to navigate than many British cities of a similar size.
Above all Amsterdam is very easy to reach from the United Kingdom. You have plenty of opportunities and ways to go to Amsterdam or the other way around. If you want to go by Eurostar, Ferry or Airplane, the choice is yours. In particular it is very affordable with fares from low as £39.
Universities in Amsterdam