Discover student life and the city of Utrecht

Studentlife Team’s favourites

University Hall
It’s a historical place where the Union of Utrecht was signed in 1579, eventually leading to the formation of the Dutch Republic! Now this is where all academic ceremonies take place.

Restaurant UNO
This is where Italian and Asian cuisines meet. Don’t miss out on their lunch deals!

Bar Lebowski
Its unique design, great music and lovely staff make it one of the coolest places in Utrecht.


De Neude square
Neude is the place that pops into your mind when someone asks to go for drinks. Among students, it has become a popular meeting point, while going out with friends.

Many cafés

Shop Zuivelhoeve Utrecht
Cheese fans will fall in love with this place for the variety of its options.

Typical Dutch

Plant store Rood en Bloem
Apart from a beautiful collection of plants and flowers, everyone appreciates their friendly and helpful service!

UU for U Student Service
In case you had any study related questions, student services are always here to assist you!

Boulder hall Energiehaven
This place offers the best bouldering experience in Utrecht! With its creative routes, changed on a regular basis, UU students love it.

Louis Hartlooper Complex
Louis Hartlooper is a must-see for art cinema lovers!

Art house

Board games shop Subcultures
Are you in need of a new board game? Subcultures has something for you!

Restaurant Vapiano
Come and taste Vapiano’s Italian food! In spring you can also dine on their roof terrace

Kafé België
Can't choose from the wide selection of beers on the menu? Be sure to ask the staff for their recommendations!

Restaurant Rum Club
Rum Club in Utrecht is renowned for its exquisite cocktails and delightful tapas. While it may be a bit on the pricey side, it's definitely worth visiting from time to time. The inviting interior and beach-like atmosphere transport you away from rainy Utrecht, creating a unique and enjoyable experience. Moreover, friendly staff adds to the overall charm of the place.

Griftpark has so much to offer, from a basketball court to skate park and a “city petting zoo”!

Pool cafe Hart van Utrecht
Grab your friends and enjoy your evening playing pool!

Canoe rental Utrecht
There is no better way to discover Utrecht than through canoeing!

Castle De Haar
For cycling fans - there is a biking path leading to the castle, which is surrounded by beautiful farmhouses and fruit gardens. In the summer you can buy there fresh fruits.

Ohøj coffee roasting
Ohoj Coffee is a real heaven on earth for coffee lovers. Don’t forget to try their freshly roasted coffee beans!

Grab some tasty snacks and drinks from the supermarket before you arrive, and you'll be fine for the entire evening.

Park Bloeyendael
Not many people know about this hidden gem. If you enjoy running in the nature, you should definitely visit Park Bloeyen.

Coffeebar Jazzmans Minneartbuilding
The cafe located in Minnaert building offers a beautiful view over the botanical gardens. In spring, it is great spot to rest in between your classes and enjoy the sun.

Café restaurant Winkel van Sinkel
Winkel van Sinkel is not only about great drinks and snacks but also about its atmospheric interior. Located right at Oudegracht, it is always filled with people laughing and celebrating.

Japanese dining Kounosuke
They offer an authentic Japanese cuisine - it also includes vegan options!

Gardening centre Intratuin
It’s not possible to leave this place without buying a plant!

University Museum Utrecht
This unique museum encourages people’s participation in the scientific research.

University Library Science Park
Don’t forget to book your seat during the exam period! Science Park library is students’ favorite place to study so make sure to save your spot.

Buys Ballot building
Despite being one of the oldest buildings in science park, students really enjoy studying here and working on group assignments.

Tea room Rhijnauwen
Theehuis Rhijnauwen is a charming restaurant in Bunnik and ideal spot for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Surrounded by nature, it stands out for its unique atmosphere.

Music complex Tivoli Vredenburg
Tivoli not only hosts amazing concerts. It’s also a great place to go out dancing with your friends.

Live music

UU Career Services
Career services have helped many students arranging their internships and improving their job applications.

Juliana Park
Visiting this park is the best way to reconnect with nature and boost your well-being by surrounding yourself with animals like chickens, sheep, and ducks.

Café de Poort
Between classes, grab a coffee with your friends on their sun-drenched terrace at Ledig Erf. And after a long day of lectures and tutorials, unwind at this charming café with a refreshing drink or treat yourself to a delicious meal. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy your student life!

Shopping centre Hoog Catharijne
Apart from a myriad of stores, Hong Catharijne offers a lot of food options together with its convenient location just few minutes’ walk from Utrecht Centraal.

Coffeebar Anne & Max
Anne&Max is one of the best breakfast places in Utrecht. They also offer delicious coffee which now you can enjoy in their beautiful outdoor patio!

Foodtruck Broodje Ben
No student can resist a sandwich from Broodje Ben. Due to their large selection and amazing quality, there are always long lines in front of their stand. But it’s worth the wait.

Food truck

Canal Oudegracht
Oudegracht, the picturesque canal in Utrecht, is where students love walking around with their friends, discovering new cool shops, and sometimes just sitting by the water and enjoying the view.

University Library City Centre
The city centre library is known for its beautiful design. It also offers great coffee which is perfect for an enjoyable study break with your friends.

Check out GGULMAT's student deal with its signature Bibimbap with Korean fried dumplings for 9 euro! Vegan options are also available.

Koningsberger building
Being home to three faculties, Koningsbergergebouw offers a lot of study spaces, including rooms for group work.

Municipal Theatre (Stadsschouwburg)
You don’t need to call yourself a theatre fan to enjoy the events at Stadsschowburg. It has everything from dance, comedy to opera!

Dille & Kamille
Ranging from plants to kitchen gift and kids’t toys, at Dille and Kamille everyone will find something for themselves. Additionally, all their items are natural and plastic-free!

Langeveld building
A lot of students feel sentimental about this building, since this is where a lot of their courses took place. Also, if you enjoy studying in the fresh air, you should definitely look for a spot in front of Langeveldgebouw.

Beach Oog in Al (SOIA)
Soia Beach is the perfect urban escape. Enjoy sunny days while relaxing on the first city beach in Utrecht.

Urban beach

David de Wied building
This faculty building is worth visiting due to its spacious and creative interior, with large windows and internal balconies.

Maxima Park
Located in Leidsche Rijn district, the Maximapark belongs to one of the most beloved parks in the Netherlands.

Ruppert building
Since its connected to Educatorium, you can have a delicious lunch after your lectures.

Centraal Museum
Explore beautiful art collections in the city centre of Utrecht!

Courtyard garden

Bookstore Bijleveld
You can’t miss this charming bookstore at Janskerkhof! International students will also love their rich collection of books in English.

Mick O'Connells
Discover Irish charm in the city center of Utrecht. Grab some beers and watch football with your friends at Mick O'Connells!

Book shop Broese
International students love visiting Broese due to its large collection of English books. It’s the biggest bookstore in Utrecht which also contains a coffee shop where you can enjoy your reading with a cup of coffee.

Karibu Café
Fun fact: Karibu Cafe is located in a former bank. Despite its official exterior of the building, you will fall in love with its cozy and green interior.

Green Oasis

Tip, instead of a normal pizza, go for the unique pizza breads.

Cinema Pathé Rembrandt
Pathe Rembrandt attracts a lot of movie lovers with its wide choice of movies as well as its brilliant location in the heart of Utrecht, along the canal.

It is a perfect spot for a date or quality time with friends. Located between the International Campus and the city centre, Wilhelminapark is always full of students having picnics or going for walks. In the summer you should definitely try ice cream from Vorst, which is just around the corner.

Cinema Pathé Leidsche Rijn
For all cinemaholics out there, you should definitely check out Pathé membership! It gives you unlimited access to regular screenings for 21 EUR per month

Rooftop cinema