Arriving in the Netherlands: Just landed
Long flight, big suitcases and brand new home. Just arriving in the Netherlands? Make sure to take care of the following things:
1) Don’t forget your appointment
We recommended you to make an online appointment at the city hall in order to register your address before arriving in the Netherlands. Now that you have arrived, make sure you not to miss your appointment. Add reminder to your phone with the date and time. Make sure to have a valid ID and proof of address such as your rental contract when going to the City Hall. Once you are registered, you will receive a BSN (social security number) and can move on to opening a Dutch bank account.
2) Open a Dutch bank account
Now that you have your BSN number, you can open a Dutch bank account. After selecting the bank you would like to use, make sure to give the company a call and schedule an appointment. On the day of your appointment, go to the bank with your valid ID, BSN number and, if you are opening a student account, don’t forget to bring your statement of acceptance.
3) Hand in your diploma
Once you have your diploma legalized, you must hand it over to the international office at your university. This should then be the last step in finalizing your enrollment process and officially become a student at your university. For most universities the deadline is just before the beginning of the scholar year.
4) Pay or arrange the payment of your tuition fees
After handing in all of the required documents to your university, you should arrange your tuition fee payments via Studielink (the website you enrolled through in the first place). Whether you are paying your tuition fee at once or on installments, you should start the process as soon as you can. We recommend you pay in installments using your newly created Dutch bank account, as this way you will have more cash available at the start of the year and you will avoid any unnecessary transfer fees that would result from using a non-Dutch bank account.
5) Apply for allowances
There are two key allowances you should look into: Housing (Dutch: Huurtoeslag) and health insurance (Dutch: Zorgtoeslag) allowances. Applying for housing allowance is often very tricky as there are many requirements to be met. Nevertheless, we are putting together a guide for the steps and procedures and if you sign up to our newsletter, we will let you know as soon as it is ready. You can also contact us if you have any further questions on this topic.
6) Get health insurance for the Netherlands
Anything can happen at any time. Make sure you have this risk covered and see whether you can setup your current health insurance so it will also work in the Netherlands. If this option is not possible, there are dozens of companies in the Netherlands that provide health insurance services. For EU/EEA/Switzerland students, your European Health Insurance Card is valid, but it is acceptable only in emergency cases. Feel free to also have a look at Health insurances for working in the Netherlands.