University of Amsterdam


Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands, is renowned for its sleaziness, drugs and prostitution. However, this little city is definitely not at all what it looks like. You will grow to love the city which is vibrant and cosmopolitan, and at the same time enjoy the countryside areas which are less commercialised and equally entrancing. Embracing the side of the city that is unique and heart-warming, you will find that busy canals and buskers on Ledseplein city centre are a common sight. Language is not a problem as most people speak fluent English and you will definitely meet a lot of friendly people from all walks of life.


Amsterdam has a temperate climate. The coldest months are in January and Feburary. The winters have temperature range from 2 to 5 degrees in the day and in summer the temperature ranges from 16 to 20 degrees. Winds are very strong and rain is evenly distributed throughout the months. The weather is the best at comfortable temperatures during the June and July period.

Activities and Attractions

When the weather is good, go on a canal boat tour and soak in the sights of the city. Some popular museums also include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. The Henekien brewery is also an interesting place to visit. Nightlife at Amsterdam is different, you can visit the renowned red light district (strictly no photography!) and its many its many cannabis coffee shops. Central Dam Square is also a great place for people watching in the warmer months. If you miss Chinese food, Chinatown is also near to the central and you can satisfy your cravings for Chinese food at exorbitant rates. During the weekends you might also want to venture to the nearby districts such as Utretch and The Hague. In the period of April and May, you will be treated with tulips in bloom and can even join the annual flower parade at Keukenhof.

Estimated Cost of Living

  • Accommodation: €200-350 per month
  • Food (cooking at home is much cheaper)
  • Transport: transport in Amsterdam is generally quite expensive (can consider getting a bike around €50 for second hand bikes and can cycle to school and to city area)
  • Total: €250-300 per month excluding accommodation