Things to do and see in the Hague

The Hague might seem small but it delivers big. The beach, museums, architecture, politics, culture, nature, nightlife, restaurants and bars, festivals and events, great shopping and good gyms and parks. Visit to get inspired to explore this beautiful gem of a city.

According to the population index, in 2020 44.3% of the population in the Hague is Dutch and the other 55.7% is of an international background. This international and multicultural population makes for an exciting and flavorful community to get involved in.

The Hague is home to many different international judicial bodies, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT). The Hague is the fourth major centre for the United Nations, after New York, Geneva and Vienna. In case you are yet to check TripAdvisor – here is a list of all major attractions just in the city of The Hague. There is plenty to do and see all year around just around campus. The city also has plenty to offer in terms of nightlife.

What do you want to see and do as soon as you get to The Hague?

Cost of living in The Hague

The idea of moving to a new country is an exciting one. Before you start making a list of plans, it is best to look at your budget and research the type of expanses that you can expect. For student accommodation in The Hague, you can expect a rental price to start off at €400. Keep in mind, that you can split your living cost by sharing an apartment with friends or classmates.

What’s next? A crucial part of the preparation is to consider your daily expenses. Including food, public transport, books, clothes, cinema tickets, housing and insurance. Cost of living per student can range between €700 and €1,000/month when studying in the Netherlands.

Many bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and shops offer student discounts. Usually they will ask for proof in the form of a student card from your institution. It is always a good idea to check in advance if a student discount is available where you are going. It may be beneficial to acquire an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), since it provides a range of interesting discounts and offers. More information about this is available at the ISIC website.

Groceries in The Hague:

Groceries shopping in The Hague

Finding supermarkets is not difficult in the Hague, as shown in the map, in close proximity of the main campus one can find various supermarkets.

Besides the large supermarkets, such as, Albert Heijn and Jumbo (and both of these have stores located a 5 minute walk from the main campus), there are also smaller privately owned supermarkets where certain products may be cheaper.

  • Dirk

Dirk is on the cheaper end of the scale. It is definitely not as widespread as Albert Heijn or Jumbo, but with 120 locations in the country you can probably find one relatively close to your location in The Hague and surroundings.

  • Jumbo

Jumbo is the main competitor to Albert Heijn in the Netherlands when it comes to supermarkets, and to gain a competitive edge, it sells the regular products you can find in AH but slightly cheaper. It also has its own branded products, and similarly to Dirk, you can find a wide range of products for your daily needs. Some of their stores are smaller, so we recommend going to the bigger ones if you plan on doing your groceries exclusively from there.

  • Aldi: the cheap and cheerful supermarket in the Netherlands

Aldi is a classic when it comes to cheap supermarkets. It is not the most visually appealing supermarket, as you can find most things in cardboard boxes instead of shelves. It’s great for getting more basic stuff, like bread, pasta, cheese and general household items. They also have weekly promotions, so you can get cheap products even cheaper. While it might not be fancy, it will get the job done.

  • Lidl: another cheap supermarket in the Netherlands

Lidl is essentially the twin of Aldi. It has a very similar format, a similar price range, and the same no-nonsense approach to shopping. It is slightly more expensive than Aldi, but the upside is that you can find a bigger range of products. Unfortunately, they are usually not located close to city centers, so you will probably need to go in the suburbs or the outskirts to find one. Still, it’s worth the journey if you are planning on budgeting or are throwing a dinner party for your friends.

  • The Other BIG option:

Another great option to find cheap but fresh groceries is at the Hague Market. Farmers sell their freshest crops and vegetables, fish, meat, and many more products. For students this is a major way to reduce grocery costs for the month.

We hope this short overview of options to do your groceries is helpful. Next week we will discuss entertainment in The Hague.
Stay tuned!

Student accommodation

Looking for a student accommodation in the Hague? Here is all you need to know!

1. Finding Accommodation:

You are enrolled, getting ready to start your semester on and offline.

If you are one of our students travelling to the Netherlands and looking to begin your first year of International Business from The Hague, then you will need accommodation. Maybe, and hopefully, you have already found a place to stay, or have begun looking. If you are still searching for a house / room / student flat then then a good place to begin is the practical matters section of the course site where many of the housing agencies are listed. It can be difficult to find accommodation, so make sure you start looking for a room as soon as you are officially enrolled.

2. Points of note:

  • Students in the Netherlands generally do not live on campus.
  • Most students are used to living on their own when they start a new study.
  • Often you will find student houses where everybody has their own room but there is a communal space.

3. A quick overview of agencies that work with THUAS:

DUWO Accommodate: DUWO offers furnished rooms close to the main campus of THUAS. The rooms can be rented for one semester to one full academic year depending on your needs and circumstances. Some rooms are larger than others, and include a private kitchen, shower, and toilets whereas smaller rooms share utilities and common spaces such as kitchens and leisure spaces with other flatmate. Monthly rent for DUWO properties range between 450-700 Euros.  

The Y: At The Y monthly rate start at 600 euros. The building is located near The Hague Hollands Spoors train station and within walking distance from the main campus. The Y offers studios exclusively for international students, the students sign a short-stay contract with a minimum rental period of six months up to a maximum of twelve months.

Geste Groep: the monthly rate starts at 600 euro. The Geste Groep offers independent student apartments are fully furnished and have private kitchens and bathrooms.

HousingAnywhere: As finding student accommodation in The Hague can be a difficult challenge, THUAS has partnered with HousingAnywhere to make sure that students are able to find rooms and book them with priority as a student. The rent varies depending on the room/apartment.

4. Other options:

Other housing options can also be found on the THUAS website. There are many more housing providers who are not specifically working with THUAS, but are open to international as well as Dutch students looking for housing.

5. How much rent can you afford?

Here is a simple way to figure out how much is a sustainable rent for you to pay:

First identify the monthly income you will have abroad (net, not gross!), and then calculate how much you will need to spend on:

  • Food
  • Insurance (e.g. Health, Travel)
  • Transport
  • Entertainment/ Leisure
  • Other ongoing costs (sports clubs, phone bills, subscriptions, payments back home, etc.)

The amount you have left after allocating for the above is approximately what you can allocate for monthly rent. It is an approximation as it’s always prudent to keep a financial cushion of one or two hundred euros, either to save for the future or for one of life’s unforeseen events.

Once you’ve settled on your absolute rental maximum, you can apply this figure to all filtered accommodation searches.

Wish you the best as you find your student home in NL!

Online lecture from BFSU

Dear IB students,
We received a very interesting Online Lecture invitation from our partner university in China, BFSU-IBS. The same university we have promoted for the master scholarship a few months ago.

Save the date:

Title of lecture: China’s Economic Reform – past, present, future
Lecture: Prof. Huayong Niu (Dean BFSU-IBS)
Time: Saturday 11th April, 15:00-17:00 Beijing time (9:00-11:00 Amsterdam time)


Virtual Open Day 2020

We would like to welcome you to our online open day at THUAS on 3 April 2020!

Thank you for your interest in the International Business programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

A virtual orientation activity such as the open day webinar that you have registered to attend on Friday 3 April is a new platform and method for us here at International Business. To ensure that we can provide you as much useful information that we can to enable your study orientation and to ensure that you can join the webinar with as much information as possible, IB has put together a media packet for you.

Have you not registered for our online open day yet?

The following set of links below will lead you to a filmed presentation of the program (recorded in February 2020 and up to date), as well as a series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Open Day video presentation

FAQ: What is the concept of the university of applied sciences?:
: Three vs. Four Year IB program:

Usually, during an open day on campus many of our current students would have been present to answer your questions and concerns about student life, study load etc. As we are not able to enable these for you during the virtual event we called in our students to provide answers to questions they frequently get asked during open days.

The link below will take you to a play list of answers as the students provide them: 

How to make good use of the virtual open day session?

To make good use of the virtual session please take some time to watch the videos above prior to joining the webinar. During the webinar, representatives of International Business will begin a live Q&A session to help answer any follow up questions you might have.

We hope, that in this way we can facilitate a meaningful virtual session for you and ensure you receive all pertinent information regarding the program before and during the virtual open day.

Looking forward to meeting you virtually on 3 April 2020.

Kind regards,
International Business programme
The Hague University of Applied Sciences