Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q: What is COSMOS ?
1.2. How to contact COSMOS?
1.3. How to get into the TU/e Common Room?
1.4. How is COSMOS organized?
1.4.1. A brief COSMOS Board introduction
126.96.36.199. Internal Communication Manager
188.8.131.52. Student Affairs Manager
184.108.40.206. External Communication Manager
220.127.116.11. Previous boards
18.104.22.168. Interested in joining the board ?
1.4.2. COSMOS Members
22.214.171.124. Member benefits
126.96.36.199. How can I become a member?
188.8.131.52. What events can I host at the Common Room?
184.108.40.206. Past Events of the Common Room
220.127.116.11. Recurring events (follow us on Facebook to get informed)
1.5. What is the origin of the TU/e Common Room?
1.5.1. The early age
1.5.2. The new location in MetaForum
1.5.3. Can I cook my lunch in the TU/e Common Room?
1.5.4. Can I reserve the TU/e Common Room for an event e.g. my birthday?
1.5.5. Until when is the TU/e Common Room open?
2. Q: What is the general information regarding settling in?
2.2. The weather
2.3. The Dutch people
2.4. The Dutch food
2.5. Making friends
2.6. Other useful tips
2.11. Doctors (GPs - General Practitioners)
2.12. Bicycles (Bikes)
2.14. Location Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
2.15. Education and Student Service Center (STU)
2.16. International Office
2.19. Bank account
2.20. Study and student associations
2.21. IIS (Intro International Students)
2.24. Job Opportunities
3. Q: Do I need a visa to come to the Netherlands?
4. Q: Will I pay a different tuition fee than the EU students?
4.1. How many euros (€) should I have in my bank account to cover all the tuition fee costs?
5. Q: Do I need a work permit to find employment in the Netherlands?
6. Q: Do I get free public transportation as a student in the Netherlands?
7. Q: Can I extend my study period because my graduation project needs more time to be completed?
8. Q: How can I find accommodation?
8.1. With the help of the university
8.2. Via Vestide
8.3. By yourself
8.4. Wear a box
9. Q: Where can I buy books?
10. Q: Where can I eat in the TU/e campus?
11. Q: Do I need to learn Dutch?
12. Q: Is Dutch Language hard to learn?
13. Q: Where can I learn Dutch?
14. Q: Is it necessary to buy the TU/e laptop?
15. Q: How can I find a part time job as a student?
16. Q: Can I find a job after graduation?
16.1. What Embedded Systems jobs should I expect after graduation?
17. Q: When do I know whether I received ALSP?
18. Q: Where can I buy cheap (Second Hand/Used) furniture, kitchen appliances, bikes and some other stuff?
19. Q: What bicycle should I buy?
20. Q: Is it worth the risk of buying cheap bicycles that might have been stolen?
21. Q: What about trash disposal and recycling containers/locations in Eindhoven?
22. Q: Where can I get in touch with other TU/e students?
23. Q: Information that I find online is in Dutch, I am frustrated and I never heard of one very handy feature that Chrome Internet Browser has?
24. Q: I am from India, what can I expect at TU/e (Eindhoven)?
25. Q: Where can I find the academic Year schedule?
26. Q: Is there a Lost and Found in Eindhoven?
27. Q: How do I print/install printing drivers/printers on my Windows PC laptop?
28. Q: How can I access scientific journal articles without VPN or outside of the University?
29. Q: What salary can I expect after graduating TU Eindhoven?
30. Q: Is Eindhoven below sea level?
31. Q: Where can I affordably repair/fix my bicycle?
32. Q: Are there any outdoor swimming places around Eindhoven?
33. Q: Why do the Dutch hang backpacks on flagpoles in June?
34. Q: How do I arrange a Dutch mobile phone number? Contract or Prepay?
COSMOS, the international student association of TU Eindhoven, helps international students throughout their stay at TU/e. We are a growing group of enthusiastic students from different fields of study getting together to socialize and share experiences. We organize and manage activities at the TU/e Common Room and we try to help you with questions and problems you encounter. In the TU/e Common Room, we encourage cultural exchange and build an active community of internationals.
As an international organization Cosmos main focus is to provide and maintain an environment where international students can be together, either by means of communication, playing, working, eating or just spending time together. We are also taking care of a better integration within the dutch culture and the dutch people.
You can find us at the TU/e Common Room at the MetaForum building, room MF0.090 (level 0). One can see a map of the TU/e campus and find the MetaForum building here.
Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ
Here is a handy Map when you are outside of the ground floor door!
COSMOS has a board and members (used to be known as volunteers). Everyone is a TU/e student. The board is composed of 4 persons. The Chairman, the External and Internal communications manager and the Student affairs manager. The members come from all the disciplines of the university and they contribute for the common room activities.
Every month there is a general member meeting where everyone gets to discuss the management of the association and the room, event organizations and any other issue that concerns the international students.
If you would like, come by and join! Whenever we have a meeting, we post about it in the TU/e International Student Facebook page.
The board of COSMOS is made of four students who are passionate about taking the activities of COSMOS forward, organizing new activities, taking initiatives and of course preserve what’s good in the organization.
Officially the board has four positions and they each broadly define a set of responsibilities to the students holding them. Despite the formally defined responsibilities, it is often the case that the board members operate as a team compensating each other and cooperating to achieve the goals of the association by interchanging responsibilities.
The board is dynamic and thus each year in July the old board has to leave the place to another board. If you are interested in being part of the board then you should drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
18.104.22.168. Internal Communication Manager
22.214.171.124. Student Affairs Manager
126.96.36.199. External Communication Manager
188.8.131.52. Previous boards
184.108.40.206. Interested in joining the board ?
The main responsibility of the chairman is that he or she has to stay in close contact with STU. Other responsibilities of the chairman of Cosmos include ensuring that the association works smoothly and schedule board meetings. It is also important that the chairman maintains friendly relationships with the other representatives of associations in the university. The financial affairs are also mostly a duty of the chairman and finally preparing for a good handover to the next board.
This person will have to ensure that internal processes are running smoothly and that the members are always informed about the important information. The internal communication representative is responsible for practical issues concerning the Common Room like maintaining the member list with information, arranging key access to the new members and reporting defects to the building manager. Managing the members’ schedule is also a responsibility of the ICM.
This person is responsible for organizing education and student related activities, for example arranging meetings with student representatives or with STU. He or she also takes care of the TU/e International Student Team facebook group and help (prospective) students with their questions.
This person is responsible for creating and updating the events on facebook as well as maintaining a public profile for the association. Planning and executing the advertising is also a responsibility for the external communication manager. This person should represent Cosmos in official events and speak on behalf of the association. This implies good communication skills and an ability to be updated with the association’s activities.
1st COSMOS Board (2012-2013): Thomas, Angeliki, Jacky, Rajiv
2nd COSMOS Board (2013-2014): Anqi, Adithya, Viktor, Denii
3rd COSMOS Board (2014-2015): Alan, Marius, Dimitra, Karolis
4th COSMOS Board (2015-2016): Mahsa, Emilija, David, Aishwarya
If you find the idea of Cosmos inspiring and you are willing to contribute to the further development by taking part of the board, please contact us on email@example.com
Members (formally known as volunteers) form a very important pillar at COSMOS as they allow to keep the TU/e Common Room open to the community. Members receive the following benefits:
You can become a member by either contacting us via email:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Subject: “I want to be a member”
“ I would like to become a member
Phone number: .............................
Student card number: ..................
(The one present on the student card & starts with 1): … ;
Facebook profile link: … . ”
or by finding somebody of the members in the Common Room (almost all of the time there is at least one). If you don't know any of the members, feel free to ask anybody there.
From a birthday with your friends to a very big event with lots of people, you are more than welcome to organize an event in the Common Room!
More information about how to reserve the room can be found on the Common Room Calendar page here.
Here you can see a few examples of the events that we had during our past years!
Common Room Opening
TU/e Introduction Program (TIP)
Common Room Birthday
TU/e Introduction Program (TIP)
Campus Borrel Crawl
Common Room Birthday
TU/e Introduction Program (TIP)
Campus Borrel Crawl
Common Room Birthday
Chinese New Year
TU/e Introduction Program (TIP)
Halloween 90's Birthday
Chinese New Year
Pillow Fight Day
Comedy Movie Nights:
We suggest a list of 3-4 comedies and the audience gets to vote and choose which one they want to see on-site. We screen successful comedies throughout the years starting with Monty Python’s Holy Grail up to the Dutch New Kids’ adventures.
As we obtained our super cool Nintendo Wii system, we started organizing various games and social nights. What could be better than relaxing while playing some game with your friends and having some snacks in the Common Room? We also have PS3 and lot of famous games to play. May be you can organise a game tournament.
Interested in improving your personal field of knowledge or expertise ? Why not join us and be inspired together with your collages or classmates?
Chinese New Year: (February)
Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival. Together with the Chinese student association ACSSE we invited international students and celebrated the new year with good food and entertainment.
Stukafest: ( February)
In february 2014 the Common Room volunteered to be one of the “Studenten Kamer Fest” or “Stukafest”. In this event artists from various disciplines give performances to a limited audience in small rooms around the city. The event is coordinated with the Eindhoven local organizers and welcomes the artists and spectators in an evening of artistic performance. The band we hosted this year was “Ill Skill Squad” [link here]
Orthodox Easter: (April)
The greek community in TU/e usually takes the initiative to celebrate the easter their way. A lamb is roasted along with BBQ and drinks. Students get together in a park for an afternoon of good food and music.
Holi is a very exuberant Indian festival of colors, complete with music, dance, throwing of colored powders. It announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of high-spirited fun and enjoyment all around you. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace throwing their worries to the wind with the colors, dancing all around and applying colors to each other.
TU/e Introduction Program (TIP): (August)
Cosmos organizes the evening events during the introduction week in the Common Room. TIP is all about introducing the new students to the dutch culture. Alongside of this main objective, people get to know each other and there are a lot of parties ! If you are willing to party, there is no better time to do it than during TIP ! We really hope you will find a lot of great people along and have a great time !
Blitz Party: (September)
The Blitz Party is a retro event in the atmosphere of overwhelming euphoria, ecstatic joy, elevation and unity filled the streets when WWII was finally over and an almost uninterrupted period of peace followed in Europe. To commemorate and experience that moment we brought the Blitz Party to live.
Diwali or Deepawali is one of the biggest and the brightest Indian festivals. It's the festival of lights, that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. It is a hindu festival, however, it is celebrated by people of all faiths in India. We introduced the Indian culture to students from different countries. It is usually celebrated one month after Diwali because of exams in the end of October. You can contact any Indian seniors to be a part of the organizing team.
TU/e Common Room Birthday: (November)
Every October we celebrate the Common Room birthday with a big cake and everyone is invited.
Christmas Celebration: (December)
Every year we celebrate Christmas together in the Common Room by giving ourselves random gifts which creates a lot of laughter and surprises ! Also, have we told you about our special Santa Claus ? Haha, you are about to see!
Tandem Borrels: (Year round)
Contact fellow students interested in practicing various language and their own language with you. Meet new people without intermediaries - you choose who to start a Tandem-partnership with and when/how/where to meet. This is an open group - everyone interested in practicing a language and meeting new people is welcome.
After-Borrels: (Year round)
It is Thursday evening. The last Borrel at TU Eindhoven is closing down. You realise that in the last few hours you drowned your stomach in beer. Know feeling? Well After-Borrels are coming to your rescue, drop by TU/e Common Room (from 19:00 to 21:00, because 2h is how long proper Borrels last) and enjoy 2€ pizza, chat with your buds and get those night-out plans sorted in a cosy environment in the heart of the Campus.
It all started with the STU recognising the growing numbers of TU/e International Students as an indication that their needs might be different than of the national students. In particular the fact that most Dutch students stay in Eindhoven from Monday to Thursday and go home for a weekend resulted in the roots of TU/e Common Room.
Since TU/e Common Room's birth, it has been carrying loads of different ideas:
it is a room for meeting each other;
it is a room to gain knowledge about different cultures;
it is a room to have fun, chill , relax and enjoy amidst your studies.
And finally it has its door open to a wide range of different people, who together form community of Eindhoven University of Technology.
This idea is new to TU/e community and we will have to work on many things, to make it possible. However we hope that this Common Room will make bonds among different people, who will find the same interests and engage in the same activities. We hope that with your help we will be able to provide you with interesting workshops, strange movie nights, cooking lessons, etc. The only thing you have to know is that you are always welcome to join us and share your ideas!
The Common Room naturally arose as a living room in “De Bunker” on 2010 by a diverse group of TU/e international students. International students back at that time realized there was a lack of places of social interaction for them and also it was relatively difficult to integrate in the dutch student culture. The student culture in Eindhoven was (and still is) one with no student dormitories and where the local students leave their rented rooms in town to get back to their families for the weekend. The lack of dormitories as a shared living experience sparked the willingness to create something new and inspiring for the international students.
Later on 2012, two of the founding students, Indre Kalinauskaite and Sissy Böttcher (at the time TU/e students) proposed to the university to establish an international student association. The proposal got the university’s approval and so the association was recognized internally. This formalization of the efforts of the university, helped the international community of students with their problems. As of 2012 Cosmos is a registered as a non-profit association at the Eindhoven chamber of commerce.
When it started, on 2009-2010, not many people were coming daily at the Common Room at “De Bunker”, mainly because it was not on the university campus and it was considered something more or less separated. There were game nights, music jamming sessions, sitcom nights organized regularly at the Common Room at the time. The volunteers also helped with the Intro for the international students. In addition, every year there was a Christmas gathering which was really nice mainly because it was accompanied by a lot of people. Initially things were strict and encapsulating a smaller community, but with time the facilities became more open and larger.
There were a lot of student parties in the old Common Room, because of the longer closing times and the availability of a bar in the Bunker. The limitation in closing times became a shortcoming however after moving to the current place on the university campus. We had to agree with the new policy and changes that were necessary to be done.
Starting from January 2013, the Common Room moved to the MetaForum building of the campus here. The university provided a quite convenient location for it in the ground floor of building. We think that the move was positive and beneficial to the students because now the Common Room has a more accessible location, making it easier to pay us a visit!
Yes. It is possible to cook. There is a kitchen with cooking a stove, microwave, an oven and other kitchen appliances. Most importantly one has to keep the Area Clean as one's Mother isn't around, so Clean Up after oneself.
Yes, please refer to the Common Room Calendar for more information here.
Although we try to keep the room open as much as we can through our volunteers, the opening time is practically limited by MetaForum’s opening times which you can find here:
Also look up the opening times on Common Room Calendar here to see if there is a volunteer in the room to keep it open.
There has a lot that has to be covered here, but mainly there are three topics that pop up over and over again among TU/e’s International Students:
More detail information is as follows:
The Netherlands is a quite small country with a population of 16.5 million people. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It measures no more than 300 kilometers north to south and 200 kilometers from west to east. The roads are busy, and so are the inland waterways, while there is also a lot of air traffic. The extensive rail network in The Netherlands enables you to get to all the places of interest quickly and easily.
Furthermore there is a great satirical overview of the Netherlands and Dutch Culture in general by Stuff Dutch People Like.
The Netherlands has a maritime climate, so its summers are not tropical and the winters are not extremely cold. The average temperature in The Netherlands is about 3°C in the month of January and 19°C in July, so whilst you can wear light to medium clothing in the summer you will need medium to warm clothing in the winter. For any person living in Netherlands, weather in Netherlands is irritating. Not because it is too cold or it is too warm. Just because it rains almost daily. Umbrella, Rain jackets are really necessary and the shower forecast for you location in the Netherlands can be found here.
What can I tell you about the Dutch? Of course you will already have many ideas and expectations of what living in The Netherlands will be like. Many stereotypes define the Dutch as weed- smoking, wooden shoes wearing, greedy, tall blonde cheese makers. In fact, the Dutch, don’t smoke half as much weed as all the internationals living here, but they are the tallest people in the world. They long ago gave up on wearing wooden shoes, but it’s true that many of the Dutch are blonde. The part about the greed isn’t true either. When you go to a bar, the Dutch always buy rounds of drinks to share with their friends. If you try to just buy one beer, the bartender might even give you a funny look. Most important thing about them is that they are too straightforward. They either tell you what they feel or they do not feel anything about you. It is always binary.
Dutch people usually eat at least three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will notice that there is a lot of bread in the Dutch daily menu. Sandwiches are very popular here for breakfast and lunch, although warm dishes are also available on campus during the day. All in all, The Netherlands has a long history of international relations and this is reflected not only in the way Dutch people communicate with other nations, but also, how they accept the variety of cuisines. So, you can be sure you will find almost everything you need to satisfy your cooking needs in grocery shops or open markets. For the people who are coming from China, India or other sub continents, all the items are available in Netherlands. Rice is available in almost all supermarkets. Eating outside is very costly. It is always better to cook with friends.
Best fries (“Frietes” in dutch) in Eindhoven and also the whole Netherlands have been voted for 5 years in a row in Friture Martin Zwerts.
Many internationals find it hard to start making friends in a new country. On the other hand, it is not that difficult to get to know the Dutch and find some new friends. The Dutch are a very open-minded people, especially in the south of The Netherlands (where you are going to live). Also TU/e Common Room was founded by the University to be a place, where university’s community (Both International and National) can hang out, so what else can one ask for making friends?
When first getting to know the Dutch, it might be wise to know a couple of things up front:
Eindhoven is the 5th largest city in the Netherlands and is called the center of technology, innovation and design. This status is largely due to establishment of Philips in Eindhoven in the 1890s. Since then the city quickly expanded and the region became of great interest for other technological companies. Eindhoven has a population of slightly over 200,000 inhabitants, of which almost 17,000 are students at Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Eindhoven covers an area of 88 square kilometers. Eindhoven has a small airport that is mainly used by the charter companies such as Ryanair, Transavia and Wizz Air. These companies offer cheap tickets to all the major cities in Europe. Eindhoven Airport therefore is an excellent way to explore the rest of Europe during your stay in the Netherlands.
There are a number of things that you, as a student, can do in this city. Since it has a university and several other higher education institutions, lots of activities are oriented towards students. A list of different activities and places is available on thisiseindhoven.nl.
Most bars are located at Stratumseind: the largest bar-filled street in the Netherlands. On the peak nights, Thursday through Saturday, you can meet approximately 20,000 people in that street. For larger concerts and music events Eindhoven has the Frits Philips Muziekgebouw, Beursgebouw and the Effenaar. The ‘Irish pub’, the ‘Hoogste Tijd’ bar, or ‘Café Bommel’ are places that differ from Stratumseind, and have their own bohemian atmosphere and different kind of music. The bars and cafés at Wilhelminaplein, such as Café Wilhelmina or Kaffee de Groot, hold weekly jazz or blues concerts or other similar events.
Also here we have compiled a list of places for going out, and other activities/information, that mostly avoids the infamous Stratumseind.
If you do end up Stratumseind, then these are the places that we consider as worthwhile (No/Litlle TOP 40 Junk, Alternative atmosphere, Music volume that is sort of OK for loud conversations):
Besides spots for going out there are also plenty of larger events that place around the city year round:
Finally Eindhoven has a couple of Anthems: Flight of the Conchords – Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor; Peaches – Two Guys (For Every Girl); Guus Meeuwis – Brabant.
TU/e offers to arrange accommodation for all students coming from abroad who are staying in Eindhoven for more than a month. You can also find a room by yourself. If you are looking for a room from abroad, you have to check the most common renting websites and use all possible online services to find a room yourself: Kamernet.nl, Vestide, Studentenkamers.nl, Kamertje.nl, Easykamer.nl, Kamer.nl.
More on housing could be found in the “Common questions: How can I find accommodation?”
In general, there are about three major supermarket chains that are popular among the Dutch: Jumbo, C1000 and most popular of all - Albert Heijn. In these supermarkets you have a wide variety of products, from vegetables to toiletries, but you can expect that in general the prices will often be higher. Most of the mentioned supermarkets have a cheap house brand. Many students go to discount supermarkets, such as Lidl, Aldi or Nettorama, which are much cheaper but have a smaller variety of products and often don’t sell AAA brands.
Opening times for the major supermarkets can be found on opentot.nl. The same website has also opening time information for DIY, Electronics, Department, Drug, Garden stores
Besides the major supermarkets there are plenty of small grocery stores that specialise in Chinese, Turkish, Iranian, Indian, Polish, Russian and etc. foods. A lot of them are located on Kruisstraat
Ekoplaza is a Dutch vegetarian, vegan, ecological food supermarket network.
There are also weekly markets:
A useful resource for Eindhoven’s markets is thisiseindhoven.nl.
The student doctor, or general practitioner (in Dutch: “studentenhuisarts”) gives full medical assistance according to the standards set for the practice of medicine by doctors in the Netherlands. EU students will have their own country insurance which could be used. But they should know the limitations of their insurance and get it cleared from STU whether they need to apply for a student AON insurance. For students who has ICS complete- the one given from Tu/e, almost all the practitioners can be consulted for free with exceptions like orthopedist, dermatologist, Dentist. After you receive the Insurance form from STU, it is mandatory to register your name in the TU/e for the Huisarts. So whenever you have medical, first you should consult the Huisarts who is linked with TU/e and then he will suggest other practitioners if necessary.
Also keep in mind that Dutch healthcare system in something one could refer as “patient based” versus more conventional “doctor based”:
Reference information for these different approaches to healthcare was found here.
Once you have arrived in The Netherlands you will probably get one very close friend – your bike. Cycling in The Netherlands is the most common way to get around – from your home to TU/e, shopping center and even bike trips around the country. However, before you start that, you need to buy a bike. In this section we will try to give you some advice on how to do that. A great impression about Eindhoven’s cycling infrastructure can be viewed here. Furthermore Eindhoven is ranked high as a Cycling-Friendly city, so it would be a shame not to use this infrastructure.
Usually you can search for bike on Marktplaats. Please make sure that you are searching within Eindhoven's area or within a radius of your reach.
A few keywords in dutch that can come in handy (More available on “English to Dutch cycling dictionary” on I AM EXPAT):
Purchasing of a bicycle is also covered in the 18. Q: Where can I buy cheap (Secondhand/Used) furniture, kitchen appliances, bikes and some other stuff? paragraph of the FAQ.
Some define cyclist behaviour on Dutch cycling paths as “Non-Conformist”, but at the end of the day it seem to work out and more info regarding apparent chacos on cycling paths is available in “Cyclists behaving badly - Understanding cyclist disobedience in Amsterdam”.
More or less the same road rules apply to bicycles as to motorised vehicles:
At the beginning it might come as a shock, but scooters that have mechanically/electronically limited maximum speed (30 km/h) are allowed on cycling paths and cary blue license plates and are not allowed on car roads as they do not need a driving licence.
It is also good idea to follow the following tips to avoid the most common cycling accidents that lead to injuries:
The TU/e campus is located in the Northeast part of the city center (Eindhoven Centrum is the name of the district in Dutch). It’s only a short walk from the central train station (Station Eindhoven in Dutch) - about 5 minutes. All the TU/e facilities are located on this campus, including the Student Sports Center Eindhoven (SSCE).
There are times before, during and after your study that you may need some good advice about admission, coaching, help with personal matters, and job opportunities. These are some of the topics with which the Education and Student Service Center (STU) can assist you. The Service Desk of STU is the place to go with your questions on student affairs. Usually, you will receive an immediate answer to your question or an appointment may be made with a student advisor.
The TU/e International Relations Office (IO) is a permanent task force within the Education and Student Service Center (STU) and is responsible for policymaking and implementation in the domain of internationalization. The IO staff can give you information on the possibilities for grants, insurance, international student organizations and various other topics, which may be important during your stay.
For information, advice or support on the following topics, please contact the International Relations Office: admission procedures, visa applications, housing/accommodation, insurance, introduction programs for international students.
Most departments have their own canteens. They are all supplied by the same catering company: Eurest. That’s why you can expect a similar choice of food over the whole campus.
Additional information regarding canteens at TU/e campus in the following section: 10. Q: Where can I eat in the TU/e campus?
In the Netherlands it is compulsory to have health insurance.
Generally speaking, there are two options regarding insurance:
The International Relations Office can open a bank account for you at a Dutch bank called Rabobank. Before your arrival you will be informed about the bank account and how to pay money into it.
The university campus is not only the place to study, but also the place where you will find many things to do outside of working hours. In addition, if you are looking a place from where to buy academic books for your courses with discount, the study association is the place to do. Here is an overview of associations and leisure activities available on campus. (Link to all the study and student associations, other associations).
It seems that after the reorganisation of Bachelor College and Graduate School the year of 2015 has also brought attention to the Introductory Program for International Freshmen and the name might have been changed from TIP to IIS (Intro International Students).
IIS used to be called TIP – TU/e Introduction Program. IIS is obligatory for all new international students, enrolling in a TU/e Bachelor’s or Master’s program. The IIS contains activities and events designed to introduce you to life in the Netherlands and Eindhoven, and to studying at the TU/e.
Generally the first week is aimed at helping new international students settle into life in Eindhoven and referred to as IIS. The second week is an introduction to TU/e and student life for all new international and Dutch students and is called INTRO. Intro International Students is not just a great social event, but also an important program to help you settle in.
ALSP scholarship selection procedure is very complicated and no student knows how they select a candidate. It is easy to get ALSP for few groups and very tough for other groups. It is as simple as this “If 5 people apply for mechanical masters and if all 5 have the 9 credit points in their bachelors. They will select the guy with the best profile”. So it all depends on the people who are applying along with you. Here and here are the few links where a long discussion in facebook took place regarding ALSP and Automotive technology.
Cycling is a big part of transportation in the Netherlands. Every person in Netherlands will own at least one bicycle. Cycling has a long history in the Netherlands, but in the 1950’s it faced issues when the public got obsessed with automobiles. Thankfully the society demanded for better cycling infrastructure and that is what we have now. In order to travel to different parts of the Netherlands using Public Transport, a purchase of a personalized Public Transport pass is a smart investment. This Public Transport pass is known as OV-Chipkaart (OV stands for Openbaar Vervoer (Public Transport in Dutch)) in the Netherlands and can be bought from www.chipkaart.nl. Also there is always an option to use single use tickets and mess around with spare change, but with personalized OV-Chipkaart, “Travel Products” (a.k.a discounts) can be purchased for the cards, which are very useful if you are frequent Public Transport user. NS (Train) Travel Products can be purchased for OV-Chipkaart on their E-Store. For buses in Eindhoven, this can be done on Hermes (Eindhoven’s City Bus Transport provider) E-Store.
Without OV-Chipkaart, you will have to pay for the full trip fare. If you are travelling from A to B, but the bus starting place is A and the destination is D. You will have to pay for A to B, if you do not have a OV-Chipkaart.
A door to door Public Transport schedule and guide for the Netherlands can be found on 9292.nl. Also check out Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps by the same 9292 name or HERE app for Android and Windows Phone that supports Public Transport all across the Netherlands and includes free downloadable maps of most countries for offline navigation.
Furthermore on January 2015 a city bus route 104 connected TU/e Campus with the Eindhoven train station.
To the outside world Eindhoven is connected via Eindhoven Airport (Ryanair, Transavia, Wizz Air and other), Eindhoven Train Station (NS International) and Coach Services (IC Bus, FlixBus, Eurolines, STUDENT AGENCY and other). Rome2Rio is a great resource for planning trips via intermodal transport (Flying, Driving, Catching Coach or a Train)
It depends on the economy and on your study. See “16. Q: Can I find a job after graduation?” for more information.
For part-time jobs Dutch language knowledge might be required at warring degree, but one can only find that out after trying to apply.
Finding a part-time job in Eindhoven can be as simple as bringing your CV to a couple of restaurants (and catering (“Horeca” in Dutch) services providing companies in general) and landing a dishwashing job.
Job agencies like Manpower, Tempo-Team, Recruit a Student also offer part-time/student jobs.
Many arrange part-time jobs at the post office and work as postman or at supermarkets, where shelf stacking and other task are the main duties.
Searching for jobs on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media with #partime #vacature #vacantiewerk #Eindhoven and similar hashtags can also deliver results.
If you are outside an EU/EEA country, probably yes. Up to date information regarding Visas can be found on studyinholland.nl
Yes. Check the official tuition fee information page of TU/e here. You probably fall into category B if you are a bachelor student or D for master level.
Hi friends.. In the acceptance mail from TU/e for my Master's program, it was stated that we need to transfer 15000 eur as guarantee fee and other than this we are supposed to show 10500 eur as proof in our account.. So, will our expense go to the extent of 15000+10500 eur for one year or it is just for safety sake they are asking us this proof? Other than 13561 eur as tuition fee, what would be the approximate expenditure considering everything for a year? could you guys pls guide me on this?
I don't think they will ask u to show 20000€ plus amount in a single go.. I think it is within that 15000€.. May be u can mail them saying u cannot show that much amount if they are really asking you to do so...
yeah i went though this.. so its like when v r arranging for finance through loan, then we need to arrange for a sum of 15000+10500 € for the first year right?
+10500 € in the bank account is to show (Insurance - if you will) that one won't starve to death, will be able to pay rent and in general won't require social welfare from the state.
If you are from a non-EEA country, you need a work permit.
If you are from a non-EU country you cannot get free public transportation as a student in the Netherlands. If you are from a EU country, you should arrange an appointment (afspraak) in Eindhoven’s DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) branch here. The DUO representatives will explain what documents you need to provide and what requirement you need to satisfy to be able to get free a Public Transport Pass (OV-chipkaart).
Yes you can do that but keep in mind that if you have a scholarship funding your studies, it will probably not cover the extension, therefore you will have to pay the calculated tuition fee for the extension period yourself.
You have the following options to find accommodation:
Before you come Eindhoven, the university/STU would ask you via email, whether you want them to help you searching for a room. If you agree with that, they will engage a housing agency (most probably Friendly Housing (http://friendlyhousing.nl/en/)) and the agency will offer you a room (incl. water, electricity, internet, basic furniture and kitchen appliances) in one of their student houses. The rent is between 300€ and 450€.
If you wish to find an accommodation yourself, you can register with Vestide. Vestide specialises in housing for students, foreign visitors and other short stayers in Eindhoven. They offer unfurnished single rooms in student houses and apartments, but the rent here is quite reasonable. If you wish to register as registered accommodation seeker, click on this registration form. Here you can read about the rules of their allocation process.
If you wish to find an accommodation by yourself, you can contact a housing agency. There are a couple of agencies, who also help students finding rooms/apartments, but they charge agency fees and have relatively high rent. Here are some agencies: www.eindhoven2stay.com, www.pararius.nl, www.huurwoningen.nl, www.huurinc.com, www.goethvastgoed.nl
While looking for accommodation on your own beware of FRAUDS and SCAMs especially on Facebook. Don’t pay any deposits before you actually see the room and sign some formal agreements. Here is a quotation of such SCAM scheme on Eindhoven Housing Facebook Group:
This message to warn those who're looking for a room or an apartment. Yesterday, a girl ("Espinosa Mejias Claudia") sent me a message, cause she had a beautiful flat to rent. Everything was fine.
She asked me to pay a deposit first. I was really suspicious as I hadn't already visited the accommodation, so I asked her a lot of questions and I asked for her Skype... Now her fb profile is deactivated and this person doesn't exist anymore.
Naive people, beware. I checked on online chats and a lot of people got ripped off. And (unless you deal with an agency), don't pay anything until you're in the flat even if everything looks perfect!
So by the way, I'm still looking for a flat/room. If you heard about anything, if you need a new roommate or if you have a single flat to rent, please let me know!”
When you are invited for a kijkavond to a purely Dutch Student House - bring a six pack of beer or a small crate. Share a drink with everyone, ask what hair products do they use and if they have a calendar in the toilet and let us know if that was enough for you get the room.
As a last resort you can always try wearing a box, which has your requirements written all over it:
And just in case you are Wondering – No it didn’t work.
Cheapest place to get books for your studies is from your Study Association (Studieverenigingen) here and here. These associations also are supposed to support Netherlands wide online books store, but so far it is struggling here and here. Another resource for purchaseing books is “Dutch Amazon”, if you will, - bol.com
Moreover TU/e has its own online bookstore here, but it seems to be mostly for books, which are in Dutch language.
Starting with the 2015-2016 Academic year a supermarket is going to be opened in the TU/e Campus. It is going to be located in the Flux building .
We recommend you to learn dutch, because this will open a door to understand and communicate with the dutch people better. You will get in touch with the culture. Since you will live here, you need to know upon what beliefs and cultural aspects have shaped the country as it is today.
However, the Netherlands is one of the few European countries where you don’t necessarily need to know the language to do your everyday communication. Almost everybody speaks at least some English, even the cashier in the supermarkets. However, it is helpful to learn some basic Dutch for daily situations, it will also come in handy for applying for a job later on. The Dutch people will appreciate your effort.
Not really (even though Dutch nationals try really hard to exaggerate that it is a Really Hard Language), because it is Germanic Language (shares plenty of words between German and English) and it is riddled with international words that originate from Latin, Greek languages (these are worldwide terms like: television, telephone and etc.). Similar to most languages in Europe it shares a lot of international words. So to get a basic knowledge and understand simple dialogues is not that complicated (of course it won’t simply appear you need to listen to Dutch radio, take university courses or book2.de). The “Really Hard” bit is being fluent and, Hello Sherlock, that is the case with any language..
It is not necessary, but you will be given the option to buy a TU/e laptop. If you decide to buy it, usually the university subsidizes approximately half of the cost of buying it. The laptop will abundantly fulfill the average requirements of your assignments in the university. You can read more about the TU/e Notebook here: http://goo.gl/3hUfPe
It is possible to find a part time job as a students, however it is quite difficult. For most student jobs (for example in restaurants, supermarkets etc.) good Dutch skills are a requirement. Of course there are jobs for English speaking students, but they are difficult to find. And once you have find a suitable job, you need to have a working permit, which is difficult to get as a non-EU student. Non-EU students have only 10 hrs of work permit. Moreover as a master student, you wont have time to do part time job.
It depends on the economy and on your study. For some studies it is easier to find a job, for others it will take more effort. For more information you can consult STU and/or TU/e Career Center. Also for careers in Eindhoven’s High-Tech sector a good reference is Brainport talentBOX.
Cursor (The news site for the Eindhoven University of Technology) has an article series about TU/e Graduates and their Careers/Life after finishing university called “Life after TU/e” where one can get a better picture of Career prospects.
Guys it would be helpful if someone could provide inputs on job opportunities after Masters in embedded systems. What kind of jobs do they usually get? How tough is it to find a job?
Have ICT graduates faced visa related problems after their studies?
What happens if we are not able to complete the course in 2 years? Do we have to pay additional 13000 or 8000 € to be enrolled in TU/e?
After graduation you get one year visa for finding a job. It doesn't depend on what department you are from. If you are not able to finish in 2 years. You will pay in monthly terms, ~800€ per every extra month. For other questions I recommend you to look up previous post, because someone already asked for job opportunities regarding embedded systems.
It is unsettling to have to wait until May to get the result, but it is also very difficult to calculate your chances beforehand, as it varies from year to year. In 2011, there were 202 ALSP scholarships for 567 international master students, whereas in 2012, 559 international master students started at the TU/e and there were only 105 ALSP scholarships (for the one's who reads Dutch or use Google translate this, page 37). It mainly depends on the amount of participating companies and on your study. Some studies/departments attract more companies and therefore will have more scholarships to offer; some only have a few companies, so only a few top students will receive the scholarship. You'll have to wait until the university contacts you about the result.
There are several secondhand (Thrift, Charity (and the likes)) shops/stores in Eindhoven, where you can come across “cheap furniture, kitchen appliances, bikes, clothes and loads of other stuff”. In Dutch these places are known as “Kringloopwinkel” and an overview can be found in the following website.
The most popular secondhand stores are:
Of course there are others (these stores tend to come and go), which will require Googling “Kringloopwinkel Eindhoven”. These shops offer good prices, or one can simply visit online marketplaces like: Marktplaats, Open-Market or Facebook groups like Commodity Market Eindhoven and etc.
For cheap bicycles it is also a good idea to have a look at scrap metal recycling companies as sometimes they store bikes for sale: “HKS Eindhoven”, “Van de Mortel Recycling”.
It is advisable to get a-not-a-stolen-one (A.K.A. buying a bicycle in the street from sketchy types on Friday night next to the train station). And forget about mounting bikes (MTB), their ergonomics and seating position are not convenient/comfortable for the cycling infrastructure that is present in the Netherlands. They are suitable for places, where there is no cycling infrastructure (outside of Netherlands) - hilly areas, cross-country riding (no paved roads) and similar. Of course there are going to be stubborn ones among you that will still ask “But why?”. For starters MTBs most certainly will have a derailleur gear changing mechanism, which will get rusty (if is not already) really fast, because as you might release it rains in the Netherlands and the bikes are often stored in the weather.
Front and Back bicycle derailleur system (Above Image). It is advised to avoid this drivetrain, because it requires frequent maintenance and is less reliable than Internal Gear Hubs (IGH).
Also derailleur chain is not encased in a cover, which is very important and should not be ripped off, because it: protects your trousers from stains and from being pulled into the chainring (causing tears in your clothing); protects the chain from rain and dust (it’s cleaner with less rust, hence no or a lot less maintenance). As a results you will be a happier cyclist than an ordinary Dutch student, that rides on a squeaking POS bicycle.
Full chain enclosure (Above Image) is only possible with IGH. As a result derailleur chains get dirty and wear-off faster as well as stain and damage your clothing. Chain enclosures are known as “Kettingkast” in Dutch.
For stopping MTB bicycles mostly have either V-Brakes or Cantilever brake systems, which use the wheel rim as a braking surface. When it rains (Which is does frequently – see 2.2. The weather) this surface gets wet and braking performance gets diminished at the time when you need it the most.
Also MTBs often lack mudguards, which is bad if you do not a skunk trail on your back. And also they do not have a back bicycle rack on which one can put bags, groceries and other stuff. So let’s hope the we got the MTBs out of the way and then come the question what City Bike should I get.
Front wheel Shimano Rollerbrake (Above Image) is a type of a bicycle drum brake. This is a recommended type of brake for your commuter bicycle, because its performance is consistent. It works as well in both dry and wet weather conditions. In Dutch this type of brake is known as “Trommelrem”.
If you are non-technical noob (which raises questions of what are you doing in a Technical University) you should follow the K.I.S.S. principale and get a single gear bicycle with a hub dynamo (which powers front and back lights preferably) and Coaster brake (“Terugtraprem” in Dutch). Followed with a back rack, mudguards and a front brake (If the chain fails or falls off, the Coaster brake cannot be engaged (It is engaged pedaling backwards) one wants to safely come to a halt, right?).
Front wheel Hub Dynamo with Shimano Rollerbrake (Above Image) is a type of a bicycle dynamo that is integrated into the wheel hub. It is protected from the weather, so performs equally well both in dry and wet conditions. It is recommended to get a bicycle with this type of dynamo, because batteries are cumbersome to deal with and cheaper bottle dynamos underperform in wet conditions and eventually damage the sidewall of your tyre. Bicycle lighting is very important safety feature that allows other drivers to spot cyclists easier in adverse weather conditions, so cheaper, in this case, is not an option. In Dutch this type of dynamo is known as “Naafdynamo”.
If you are more technically inclined, then look for a city bike (“Stadsfiets” in Dutch) with Shimano Nexus 7 speed (“Versnelling” in Dutch) Internal Gear Hub (IGH). 7 speeds is all you need and it is more robust (and cheaper) than 8 or more gear speed IGH. Keep in mind that we are talking here only about IGH. If you do not get why derailleurs are excluded from the recommendation, read the MTB avoidance section above. 3 and 5 speed IGH hubs are also fine. Look for both mudguards to be intact, as you do not want debris of the pavement to end up on your face or on your back. Look for hub brakes (or Rollerbrakes as Shimano markets them) on both wheels (Front and Back), because their performance does not degrade in the rain and they require a lot less maintenance (when properly set up) than other types of breaks, because they are enclosed (protected from the weather) inside of the wheel hub. The front wheel hub should have a Hub Dynamo (“Naafdynamo” in Dutch) with a Rollerbrake and power both front and back lights (lights are really important as well as knowing traffic rules, some international students got injured really bad, because they did not follow them). Battery powered lights though being cheaper are a bigger pain in the ass, because the battery die at worst possible times and charging/replacing them is annoying. You have all the power you need in your legs, so why not to use it for making yourself visible in poor light conditions and making yourself a favor by not being hit by a car. Also avoid suspensions, because they add weight and complexity (More stuff to fail - less is more) to the bike, while not providing much comfort, because Dutch cycling infrastructure is top notch. And back rack for stuff is a must.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH BUYING (STOLEN) 2nd Hand bikes!!! Hello students I wanted to warn you about buying stolen bikes. My friend has purchased bike from OPEN Market and lately he was stopped by police who checked his bikes' number and they found that the bike was stolen. Next to that they took his bike away and he got ticket for riding on a stolen bike because he could not prove from where he bought his bike.
Here is our advice for buying second hand bikes:
THIS ALL will help you to avoid losing your money in bike you bought and troubles with paying ticket of 150 Eur to POLICE.
The calendar for general waste (“Restafval ” in Dutch ) (grey/black bins), biodegradable/compostable waste (“GFT” in Dutch (“GFT” stands for “Groeinte, Fruit, Tuin”)) (green bins) and paper (“Oud papier” in Dutch) can be looked up here. The same website contains information regarding recycling containers/locations for glass, plastic, clothes and other materials. You simply need to know your postal code (4 digits followed by a gap and two letters. For example “5642 GC”) and the house number you live in.
For e-waste (Electronic Waste) and small gadgets in particular check www.wecycle.nl where one can find a recycling station near to ones place and dispose of a broken gadget in a safe manner.
Try opening the troublesome website that contains Dutch in Chrome browser and be amazed by its auto translation capabilities. Most of the times the provided translation helps to get the general idea of the contents present in the website. If Rabobank recommends using it for their website, then it means this alternative has credibility.
Here are the few things which I want the Indians who are posting in this grps to know. Someone pins this post if you have some separate Indian grp for the next batch !! Kindly don't ask "will I get job?"- this question irritates people smile emoticon
FOOD- You do not have to worry about eating bread for all the three meals. You have indian shops from where you can get all the spices and you get rice in almost all supermarkets. you can even get parotta in one supermarket. But of course you will have to eat bread for lunch as there won't be no time for cooking in early morning. It is very costly to eat outside. So forget about that . You will somehow learn cooking after you come here. There is no indian mess from where you can eat daily. But there is a guy who delivers Indian lunch if you call him . It is 4€. You will have enough time to cook in the night and most of the internationals, dutch will love indian food. That is the easiest way to get close with foreigners.
Education- Forget about the system where you have only two semesters per year. Here you have four per year That means you have main exams once in 10 weeks. You will actually learn a lot after you come here. It will be initially tough but then you will learn to manage your time very well. You can choose the subjects you like and convince your professor to accept it . There are many seniors in each department who can guide you in choosing subjects. You can learn Dutch language for free at Tu/e. But there is no German language available for free. There are talks that they may bring it. Be ready to explore the world of engineering:)
People- Dutch people are very friendly and everyone knows English. Even the smallest shopkeeper can speak English.So you do not have to worry about it. Netherlands is very safe for girls and you can guarantee your parents that you will be 200 hundred percent safe here. There are lot of Indians at Tu/e and in Netherlands. You can find many people from your region itself:).
The calculation in the Tu/e website is for other foreigners. I can tell you exactly how much a Indian spends .
Food - >80-120€ even if you eat non veg.
Rent ->300-450€ (Depends on the room you choose. If you want a cheaper house, check your mails often during the month of June,July 2015 . First come first serve)
Insurance, Tu/e laptop -> 81€ (buying TU/e laptop is very useful because they give you spare laptop if something happens to your laptop. You cannot do anything without laptop)
Part time- It is almost impossible because of two reasons 1)You need to know dutch 2) You wont have time to do it.
Party life - Netherlands is party country and of course you will have parties every weekend. Choice to attend it or not is up to you
Jobs in other countries after graduating - it is possible mostly if you know the language of the country you are applying
Weather - It is not as cold as Sweden, Finland. Normal temperature is 10 degree and the minimum it went for the past two years is -5 degree
As of January 2015 the Academic Year Schedule is on OWInfo, but there is a lot of restructuring being done on TU/e websites, so there is a big chance that it might eventually show up on TU/e Education Guide also.
There is a Lost and Found website service that is managed by Eindhoven Municipality here. One can register there items that have been found or something lost and hopefully it will show up.
Head to tueprint.campus.tue.nl and install MFP-CAMPUS-PCL and/or MFP-CAMPUS-PS printer drivers. In most cases the MFP-CAMPUS-PCL driver will be suitable for printing from all Microsoft applications. The MFP-CAMPUS-PS driver is more suitable for graphical applications and special programs that require a PS printer driver. More information regarding usage of Multi Functional Printers (MFP) here.
You can get access to scientific journals through a proxy server here. One simply requires to log into the proxy server using the same credentials used for logging into university webmail or OASE.
If one is planning to stay and work in the Netherlands as a fresh graduate, one can expect a starting salary of ~2200 €/month according to Universum Career Test.
Screenshot of salary expectation portion taken from a finished Universum Career Test
NO. Eastern part of the Netherlands contains mostly “original/natural” land. Sea level increase outcomes for the Netherlands can be explored in the following interactive map.
Sea level, when compared with the landmass levels in the Netherlands. goo.gl/StCKhA
Big part of the land on the western part of the Netherlands have been reclaimed trough centuries of humankind interventions and is summarized in the following video.
I think everyone has had one of these days when from the early morning all the things that can go wrong go wrong. E.g. first, you spill your coffee all over the new dress, second only once you’re at work you notice that you forgot your laptop at home and finally, on your way back to pick it up you get a flat tire. And it’s only 9:30AM. What’s next?
So, I had one of these yesterday and due to my very tight schedule I really needed my bike fixed. Luckily we have a bike shop here on campus. I remember once paying quite a bunch for fixing my flat tire, but, I thought, maybe these are just bad memories. And because I was really in need and had not much time to go elsewhere, I had not a lot of options. So I went there and found out that I will have to pay 18+ euros for a new inner tire. To be honest the fresh, not so good experience of my day, added to the fact that I was quite upset with such prices, since I know I can change the inner tire in another shop in a city center for just 12,50eur.
I asked the men @ TU/e campus workshop, why is it so expensive? Not with a very polite tone they said: it is not, and that I’d pay more in the city center and if I want I should just take my bike and go. I was quite shocked with this response, but I didn’t have time to look for another place, so I left my bike, with my mood even more grey and figured that just for fun I will check the prices elsewhere...
Common bicycle repair/fixing costs at Hans Struijk Ffietsen
So, here are the outcomes of my very small research (and please don’t hesitate to double check):
At the Rijwielshop at the station (Stationsplein 22/A) you can change your inner tire for 13,95 (9,95 for fixing a hole), at the Gramser Sports shop (Sint Antoniusstraat 8) close to the PSV stadium, last time I paid 12,50 (I don’t know how much hole fixing cost) and they are super friendly and helpful, at the Hans Struijk Fietsen shop which is a bit distant from campus, you can see the prices attached to this post.
I think whoever is renting out the building for this business on TU/e campus should consider to whom they rent the location for a bike shop. All in all most of their customers are probably students.. and to pay almost 20 euros for the new inner tire is quite a rip off in my opinion. But most importantly, a lot of times you will just pay, because you are in a rush or other circumstances don't allow you to go elsewhere, e.g. I brought my bike there during lunch break and really needed it fixed by 5PM, cuz I had an appointment after work in another part of the city.
(Which, by the way, did not happen, although they promised my bike will be fixed yesterday, it was not. I still don’t have it and I did not get a promised confirmation message that it’s ready..).
COSMOS volunteers personally had great experience with bicycle maintenance, repairs and building with Rijwielhuis 't Verzet, which is located at Edisonstraat 152, 5621 HT Eindhoven. Rijwielhuis 't Verzet also offer DYI repairs, which mean that you can come and rent tools, place and expertise for 10 €/h rate and fix the bicycle yourself.
Of course for indoor swimming there is Student Sport Centre Eindhoven, but when sun is in the sky and weather is nice here is a list of outdoor swimming spots in and around eindhoven:
Furthermore Zwemwater, an app and website, lists more than 800 swimming locations around the Netherlands, providing up-to-date information about swimming water quality.
Later today you will probably see flags appear on houses in town. If you do, don't worry that you've missed out on a national holiday of some sorts.
What you are witnessing is a traditional Dutch ritual. In the Netherlands people hang out the flag, usually accompanied by a school bag and/or some school books, if someone graduates from high-school. Also this afternoon all schools announce the result of the final exams.
Yes, backpacks do start appearing on Dutch flagpoles in early June. goo.gl/ALdFXc
There are many options and all of them have to be taken into consideration when arranging a Dutch mobile phone number: prepaid or contract, carrier, free-sms-calls-internet, subsidised phones.
Lebara prepaid is supposed to be a good option if one is planning to make plenty of calls abroad. Other than that other prepaid options are more or less the same. Some of them offer phone SIM card bundles, so one can get a SIM card and a phone for a relatively good deal, but the phone offerings are usually poor when compared to what is available via contract.
There are several online resources to help one choose the best prepaid deal. Keep in mind that they will be in Dutch language, hence: 23. Q: Information that I find online is in Dutch, I am frustrated and I never heard of one very handy feature that Chrome Internet Browser has?:
With contract one obliges to pay monthly 20-30€ and gets a subsidised phone for free or symbolic fee and a number of free calls, sms and internet. The fee is not fixed – If one uses up all free calling minutes, sms messages and data – one needs to pay up. If monthly 20-30€ is worth it, is for the person to decide. Many internationals stick with prepaid as it is easier to handle and telecommunication charger are rather high in the Netherlands in general hence the wide spread of WhatsApp.
This might change when Roaming Charges will be standardised/abolished among Europe's GSM network providers in the year 2017.