Radboud University

Coming to Radboud University

About Radboud University

Our campus

Our green, environment-friendly and smoke-free campus is a wonderful place to work, study, meet friends, play sports, enjoy cultural activities and get a bite to eat. All facilities are within walking distance of each other.

From the center of Nijmegen you can reach the campus by bike within 10 minutes. The university is also very accessible by car and public transport.

Radboud University's campus offers a wide range of facilities for both employees and students:

Dual Career

When you move to Nijmegen to start working at Radboud University, we will also provide support to your spouse or partner. Our Dual Career Officer will assist in the search for work, leisure activities or anything else.


Family support

If you start working at Radboud University and bring your family, we will also support them, and help you find childcare, schools or anything else.


Before arrival

Checklist before arrival

Check which issues you need to take care of before travelling to the Netherlands and which documents to bring.


Immigration, visa and permits

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter the Netherlands, a residence permit or a work permit.



The housing market in the Netherlands in general and Nijmegen in particular is tight, so we advise you to start looking at housing options well in advance.


Relocation and moving expenses

Under certain specific conditions you may be entitled to reimbursement of moving expenses and a refurbishment allowance.


After arrival

Registration and BSN

As a new resident of the Netherlands you are required to register with your local municipality. As soon as you register, you will obtain a Citizen Service Number (BSN).



When you start your life in the Netherlands, you will need a European IBAN bank account for your salary payments, preferably from a Dutch bank. In the Netherlands, credit cards are rarely used and you will need a debit card.


ATM's, debit and credit cards

Read all about the use of ATM's, debit cards and credit cards.


DigiD: your digital identity

DigiD allows you to identify yourself when using website of the national government, educational institutes, your municipality, healthcare institutions, the tax authority or your pension fund.


Mobile phone


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InsuranceFreepik2When living in the Netherlands, it is important to be well insured. Health insurance is mandatory, liability insurance is advisable, and if you own a car you will need motor vehicle insurance.

Living in the Netherlands/Nijmegen




Register with a family doctor / general practitioner (GP), as he or she is your first point of contact regarding illness and medical issues.



Find a dentist so you can go for regular checkups and stay healthy.



When you need specialist medical care, your GP will refer you to a local hospital. Most hospitals have excellent standards of care.




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All you need to know on medical emergencies and cases for which you need the police or fire department.

At home



Find the best places to buy affordable furniture and make yourself feel right at home.


GroceriesGet your groceries from supermarkets or from local stores such as greengrocers, bakeries, butchers etc.

Waste and recycling


Public transport



When in the Netherlands, do as the Dutch and get yourself a bicycle. It is a healthy and environment-friendly way to get around in a city that is flat and compact.

Traffic rules


Although traffic rules can differ among countries, you can be confronted with different traffic situations when you start living and working in the Netherlands. Especially with all the bikes around. Learn all about Dutch traffic rules.

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Dutch language

Although most Dutch people speak English quite well, much communication is not translated into English. So it is worth learning at least some of the language as it will help you get by.


Useful links

  • I am Expat for information on living in the Netherlands
  • The Life Net, a public portal about living, working, studying, and doing business in the Arnhem - Nijmegen – Wageningen area.This portal is hosted by the Economic Board on behalf of the Province of Gelderland and the municipalities of Arnhem and Nijmegen. The portal is meant for knowledge workers, international students and entrepreneurs, and provides basic information about the area and its companies, knowledge institutes and organisations.


We put together this information to improve your transition from abroad to the Netherlands and your life in Nijmegen. Even though we do our utmost to give the right information and check it from time to time, unfortunately we cannot take responsibility for all the details mentioned. Should you find any mistakes, please feel free to send us an email.