Coming to Radboud and the Netherlands: Living in Nijmegen and the Netherlands




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.




Find out about the different facilities for childcare, childminding and after-school care.



Read all about the Dutch school system and find out how and when to enrol your child.



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


Be a responsible citizen and learn about waste collection and recycling in the Netherlands.


Public transport

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The Netherlands have an extensive network of public transportation. Trains and buses ensure efficient, cost-effective and environment-friendly travel.



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.


Income tax

You pay your income tax on a monthly basis, but you may want to benefit from filing an annual tax return. If you moved to or from the Netherlands some time during the year, you may be entitled to a refund. Check out your situation here.

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 help your transition to the Netherlands and start your life in Nijmegen. Even though we do our utmost to provide you with the right information and we check it from time to time, we cannot take responsibility for any of the information. Should you find any mistakes, please feel free to inform us by email.