students

Registration at City Hall

All international students need to register in the municipality of the city they study in (city hall) within five days of arrival. We recommend you arrange this as soon as possible as you will need the BSN number (citizen service number), which you will receive after registration, to open a Dutch bank account. Please note that it can take up to 3 weeks to receive your BSN number. For more on the different possibilities of obtaining your BSN number, refer below to the specific information for the student city you will be studying in.

Please bring copies (you will need to hand them in) and show the originals of the following documents:

  • Passport or ID card
  • Rental contract of your student room/house
  • Original birth certificate with the official translation (if it is not in Dutch or English)
  • NHL Stenden letter of admission (received by email during the application process)

Leeuwarden

Students have to register at the city hall. In order to make thinks easier for you, you will need to make an appointment online, you can do so by using the following link. 

https://www.e-inwoner.nl/prod/fr/Leeuwarden/LWD_Afspraak_maken_Stenden/new

You can make an appointment in week 35/36 and 37 on Thursday and Friday from 13:30 until 20:00 hour

The office is located at Oldehoofsterkerkhof 2 in Leeuwarden.

Don't forget to bring:

  • Original valid passport/ID card
  • A copy of your signed rental agreement
  • Copies of all pages in passport with stamps/stickers & holder page
  • Copies of all other original documents (and the original document)

After your registration you will receive your citizen service number (BSN). This is your personal number for contacts with the authorities. 

Emmen

You can register at the city hall in Emmen:

Gemeente Emmen
Raadhuisplein 1
7811 AP Emmen
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 8:30-16:30 (Thursday till 19:00)

You will need to make an appointment to go to the city hall. This can be done at the city hall’s information desk. If you need assistance with making an appointment by phone, please ask a member of staff from student info.

You can also put priority on receiving BSN number by paying a fee of €11.75. Please check with the staff at city hall about the possibilities.

Meppel

Registration can be done at the city hall in Meppel. Please inform the employee of the municipality that you are a student that needs the BSN number as soon as possible in order to be able to open a Dutch bank account.

Gemeente Meppel
Grote Oever 26
7941 BJ Meppel
Opening times: Mon-Fri from 8:30-17:00 (Friday until 20:00)

You will need to make an appointment to go to the city hall. This can be done at the city hall’s information desk. If you need assistance with making an appointment by phone, please ask a member of staff from student info.

Groningen

Registration can be done at the city hall in Groningen. Students will receive a BSN number immediately during the appointment.

Gemeente Groningen
Kreupelstraat 1
Groningen

You will need to make an appointment to go to the city hall. This can be done at the city hall’s information desk.