Student Finance in the Netherlands

What would you like to know about student finance?

Part of your studies might include applying for student finance, or studiefinanciering in Dutch. Student finance exists to help students in their post-secondary education (so college or university, for example). Most noteworthy, it helps you with your fees, such as your tuition fees. Financing is provided by DUO, the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Being an international student, you might find that many Dutch government websites are either exclusively in Dutch or provide very limited information in English. At College Life, we aim to make finding information about and applying for student finance as easy as possible. We have compiled the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding studiefinanciering, all in one place.

As an international student, you are able to apply for financing; however, you need to meet certain criteria in order to send in your application. This includes details about your nationality, residence, and financial situation. Depending on whether you are an EU/EEA resident or not, the requirements may vary.

Furthermore, there are three components to Dutch student financing. This is in the form of a loan, a supplementary grant and a student travel product. Keep in mind that you might not be able to apply for all three of these, since some depend on your parents or your own income.

Applying for studiefinanciering is extremely easy; contrary to what it may seem like at first glance. You'll need a few basic things to apply, including a passport and a DigiID. A DigiID is your residence number, which you get when you register at a Dutch municipality. Read more about what a BSN number is and what else you need to apply under How to Apply.

You can read all about what studiefinanciering is, what the requirements are, and how to apply here.

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Apartment hunting is not always so fun. Finding student apartments can be a bit tricky at times, but we want that to end. We want to make being an international student in a (possibly) new country much easier. Through Housing Deals, College Life brings you the best home utilities for your home, as well as resources to find yourself a place to stay.


Make sure to check out the companies and service providers on this page when you are looking for a place to live. Finding student apartments is only the first step. Afterward, you need to make sure you have all the pieces in place. That includes setting up your energy provider (if your monthly bills isn’t already all-inclusive) and buying all the things you need for your home.

Under the Housing section of the College Life Deals, you can find everything relating to student apartments. For example, we have a large amount of utility companies that provide energy. You can find companies like Oxxio, who specialise in green energy. Sometimes, you need to do a bit of searching to find the energy provider that is best for you. Under Housing, you can also find companies like, which allows you to compare gas and electricity providers. In any case, finding the best energy provider is important. You need to be sure you are getting the best value for your money, and have the best plan fitting your situation.

College Life is also working on finding housing providers. We know it can be a bit difficult for international students to find the right housing at times. There is always the difficulty in lacking proficient Dutch skills, or understanding which area is the best for students. But we want to make that process easier. That’s why we aim to bring you the best student housing portals to find the best student apartments for you, no matter the duration of your stay.


College Life wants makes student apartments even better. Let’s do it together!