Campuses

Student Life in Amsterdam

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The third and final year of the Forward expedition takes place in Amsterdam, one of the most eco-friendly European capitals with a vibrant student population coming from all the corners of the globe.

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Discover one of the continent’s most beautiful historical cities

with its unique water-ways and canals, but also as it is developing today, boosted by a buoyant tech industry, renowned financial services, and a growing international population. The capital of the Netherlands also hosts world-famous museums, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk as well as great modern art collections and avant-garde designers.

Our students will study and live in the Student Experience – Amsterdam Minervahaven, an innovative residence for international students.

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The Learning Centre and Student Residence – Amsterdam Minervahaven

Like in Lisbon and Paris, you will live in dedicated student homes and you will have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world.

Minervahaven is a sustainable student residence in Amsterdam with advanced recycling and solar energy use. It is located in the heart of Amsterdam, only an eight-minutes cycle from the fantastic Westerpark cultural scene, with its green spaces, creative and nightlife scene, and iconic architecture. The park hosts regular exhibitions, markets and festivals, and the converted gaswork towers contain indie shops, eateries, an art-house cinema, a brewery and a dance club. Minervahen is also about 20 minutes from Dam Square, or ‘The Dam’, Amsterdam’s main square and historical centre.

Living at Minervahaven, you will have access to:

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Studio flat with private kitchen and bathroom

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Study rooms

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A gym

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A rooftop terrace

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A games room

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A sports field or Outdoor and indoor sports facilities

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Co-working spaces

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The Minervahaven Library

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Student life, activities, sports and more

Amsterdam is a small city but with plenty to do, especially if you are a student as it hosts many universities. Besides the art and culture that the city offers, Minervahaven organises many activities for its residents. From co-study sessions before exam week to talks with inspiring speakers, soccer games, bootcamps, and yoga classes, our Amsterdam campus will be more than just a place to live and study. As a Forward student, you will also have the opportunity to plan and organise your own activities. 

Cost of living in Amsterdam

Let’s take a look at some of the costs you may have in your first year studying at Forward’s Amsterdam campus.

Activities Costs per week Cost per month Cost per academic year (52 weeks)
Student home €262.5 €1050 €13,650
Private health insurance €10 €40 €520
Public transport pass €25 €100 €1,300
Groceries From €62 to €87 From €250 to €350 From €3,250 to €4,550
Mobile Phone Plan From €1.10 to €3.75 From €4.5 to €15 From €58.5 to €195
Leisure activities and daily expenses* From €37 to €50 From €150 to €200 From €1,950 to €2,600

*includes gym, nightlife, cinema and other types of entertainment.

Activity Costs
Meal in a average restaurant €18
Take away in a bakery (lunch menus, sandwiches…) €3.50 – €10
Coffee €2 – €4
Cinema ticket €12
Nightclub entry €10 – €15
Single metro ticket €3.20

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