Having a bicycle to get from A to B in the Netherlands is very practical and cheap. Students can either buy a second-hand bicycle or rent one for a monthly payment.
The bicycle must be well lit (white light in the front, red light in the back), especially in winter, as the police carry out regular checks. If you don't have lights on your bike, you risk a fine of 90 euros. You must also be able to lock your bike, preferably with a wheel lock and a chain lock.
Buying a bike
If you would prefer to buy a second-hand bicycle, you have several options. On the one hand, you can ask around in the bike shops in your city of study. However, if you are looking for a cheaper option, we recommend that you look for a bike on https://www.marktplaats.nl/ (such as Ebay). It's also a good idea to join Facebook groups in your city of study, as mostly (former) students who sell things like their bikes here.
Recommended Facebook groups:
- Leeuwarden: Leeuwarden’s Online Garage Sale
- Emmen: Students’ Garage Sale Emmen
- Meppel: Vraag en aanbod meppel e.o.
- Groningen: Groningen Market, Groningen Online Market
Rent a bike
In Leeuwarden, the city centre is easy to explore on foot, and if you want to explore the suburbs and beyond, you can rent a bike from Swap Fiets Rental. An Original Dutch Bike with coaster brake costs €16.90 per month and a Deluxe 7 is €19.90 per month. You can also get a student discount with proof of your student card.
In Groningen, there are three types of Swap Fiets: an Original Dutch Bike with coaster brake costs €16.90 per month, a Deluxe 7 is €19.90 per month and the Power 7 Luxury E-Bike is available for €74.90 per month. You can also get a student discount with proof of your student ID.