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Areas

What areas do you have to know in Utrecht and how long does it take by bike or public transport. The university buildings are located in the city centre, the international campus and Science Park.

University Quarter
In the city center of Utrecht there is a campus area with many university buildings; the university quarter. VIEW ALL

Kromme nieuwe gracht 80
“In addition to the fun lectures I followed here, I recorded an open stage for my study association with the help of Studio M.”

  • By Milan
Open stage

USBO building UU
“In the building of Public Administration and Organization Science there is a pleasant atmosphere where everyone knows each other and as a student you quickly feel at home.”

  • By Mik

Association room Pericles
“Come to the association room quickly after your lecture, because otherwise you will stand in line for coffee for a long time. ”

  • By Mik

The association room of U.A.V
“I come here between my lectures, for example to have a cup of coffee or to have a beer with my friends after 5 pm.”

  • By Sanne

Law Faculty Building
“Nice pub on De Neude, always nice for a drink.”

  • By Kees
Law Econ Gov

The AKT Office
“A super nice place, where I feel like Mario Kart or Just Dance is played 24/7. So to spend a few free hours competitively in the AKT office where you need to be”

  • By Milan + 1

SVO Bar
“As a student at the Faculty of Humanities, you can regularly find me in the SVO bar. It is a nice place to study and in the evening when the bar opens for activities, it turns into a cozy meeting place.”

  • By Berne

Historical square Janskerkhof
“Janskerhof is one of my favorite places in Utrecht, not only is the Utrecht city centre university very close to Janskerkhof, but every Saturday they have a flower market here, which I love!”

  • By Kimberly + 1

Drift 23
“A characteristic building with a lot of secret places.”

  • By Berne

University Library City Centre
“The best study places are hidden between the bookcases, where you can work in peace.”

  • By Mik + 2

University Hall
“It is such a beautiful building to visit and to take a picture of. As it is located nicely in the centre of the city, I love taking a walk around the area, visiting the building and proudly saying that I'm a UU student :)”

  • By Berne + 5

Studio M
“Our gorgeous temple! Or at least a meeting place for everyone! Not only home for Studio M but also the location for other student associations like AKT! ”

  • By Derin + 1

PIL Social Committee
“I especially liked coming up with new ideas to improve the situation of students in those challenging "corona" times. One of the activities organized by me was the Zumba Party to push away negativity and burn some extra calories.”

  • By Mariam
Law Econ Gov
Science Park
Our students will tell you what to do at the Science Park; the centre of the university. VIEW ALL

Foodtruck Broodje Ben
“In my opinion, the best sandwiches in Utrecht! Whether I'm shopping or studying hard at the campus, I can't resist a Broodje Ben for lunch very often. Because of the large selection, you can always choose a different sandwich and they are all equally delicious!”

  • By Vera + 2
Food truck

Coffeebar Jazzmans Minneartbuilding
“The café is located in the Minnaert building and looks out over the botanical gardens. In spring, you can sit here in the sun on the terrace after or between your classes.”

  • By Naoual
Science

Buys Ballot building
“Despite being one of the oldest buildings in the Science Park, Buys Ballotgebouw has a special place in my heart. I had almost all my lectures in this building which left me with lots of memories.”

  • By Alptug + 1
Science

David de Wied building
“I used to come her daily during my Bachelor thesis. Up on the 4th floor I would tiny catalyst particles made of silver. The building has a very open feel due to its large glass windows, and internal balconies from which you can observe each individual floors.”

  • By Mike
Science

Hijmans building
“With online lectures, the days when we have physical classes always feel like the school field trips of the yore.”

  • By Jamal
Medicine

Koningsberger building
“I spent many hours here in the beautiful labs and meeting friends at my study association”

  • By Mike + 1
Geosciences & Science

Café Madame Jeanette
“I think that there is always a nice atmosphere here: the ideal place to have a chat with your fellow students in between courses.”

  • By Stephan
Veterinary

Androclus building
“Every time I come here, I always marvel. There is so much to see and learn here!”

  • By Stephan
Veterinary & Science

UU Career Services
“They have really helped me upgrade my job/internship application and gave great interview tips.”

  • By Mik + 1

Botanical Gardens
“When the weather is nice, I like to come here and enjoy the beautiful gardens and the good weather.”

  • By Stephan + 3
Date idea

Ruppert building
“It has a nice studying area and a big lecture hall.”

  • By Manouk + 2
Geosciences

UU for U Student Service
“Great help for all your study related questions!”

  • By Manouk + 1

University Library Science Park
“The library is one of my favorite places to be at the campus, especially when on an exam period. I really enjoy the silence it offers. ”

  • By Sanne + 2

U.S.S. Proton
“Like most chemistry students, I joined Proton immediately at the start of the Bachelor. During my studies I have joined 4 different committees and helped organize many activities, both recreational and educational. I have also enjoyed many activities organized by other committees, like borrels, parties, and trips/camps.”

  • By Mike
Science

Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratory
“What I like about the laboratory is the good atmosphere, and the interesting research that is performed there.”

  • By Mike
Science

Utrecht Biologist Association
“Since I was a bachelor student I have been a member of this very big group of friends. You can always get a free coffee in the UBV room (KBG building), play board games and hang out with fellow students.”

  • By Vera
Science

Langeveld building
“Many classrooms, cosy corners and even a place to sit outside.”

  • By Manouk + 1
Social Sciences

Unibuddy Chat Platform
“As a unibuddy myself I love answering all student-relating questions and getting to know prospective students.”

  • By Manouk + 1
International Campus
Between the old town and Science Park there is a third university location. VIEW ALL

Spinoza Hall
“This location is where I connected with most of my friends and made most of my friends during or in between tutorials.”

  • By Kimberly
Law Econ Gov

Soccer field International Campus
“It is next to the Galgewaard (the FC Utrecht stadium), so you will not run short of motivation here.”

  • By Kees

Descartes Hall
“Since our study is so small, every time you are at Descartes, you will meet someone you know. So, it’s not only a place you study at, but also a place to meet your friends.”

  • By Natalia
Humanities

College Hall
“I attend my lectures in this beautiful building on the international campus. It is easy to reach by public transport. I always go by bike. From my house in the city centre, I can reach the campus within 10 minutes.”

  • By Kees
Law Econ Gov

Café Noen
“Café Noen is really nice if you are ever on the international campus a bit early. A great place to meet up with friends and grab lunch”

  • By Kimberly + 1
Oudegracht
Best suggestions from our students on perhaps the most beautiful canal in the Netherlands. VIEW ALL

Cinema Pathé Rembrandt
“I try to go to the cinema at least once a month and I prefer going to Pathe Rembrandt. It is in the centre of the city, so it is easy to combine with a dinner or a drink.”

  • By Milan + 2

Book shop Broese
“The extensive collection of original books ensures that it is always hard not to come out with one or more!”

  • By Stephan + 1

Greek restaurant Taverna
“I always like to come here for dinner with friends to chat and enjoy the food and the Greek atmosphere.”

  • By Stephan

Vintage store Episode
“I can spend hours upon hours in this thrift shop and I always find something nice.”

  • By Kimberly + 1
Vintage clothing

Broodje Carlo
“Their sandwich bread is awesome!”

  • By Derin

Restaurant Rum Club
“The interior and menu make you feel like you are at the beach and not rainy Utrecht, plus the waitresses and waiters are super friendly.”

  • By Natalia + 1

Café restaurant Winkel van Sinkel
“This is one of those places that feel so vibrant and alive.”

  • By Kimberly + 1

Dille & Kamille
“This is the perfect shop to buy presents for others and yourself. From food, kitchen wear and towels, to childrens toys, books and plants. They sell only natural and plastic-free items which I find very important.”

  • By Vera + 1

Restaurant UNO
“This restaurant offers many different snacks. A very nice place to go out for dinner!”

  • By Berne + 1

Tunnel under the Ganzenmarkt
“In the evening you will be amazed by this luminous tunnel, which is part of the various light objects in Utrecht.”

  • By Berne + 1

Canoe rental Utrecht
“I especially enjoy canoeing on the Oudegracht where happy people are chilling out along the canals.”

  • By Berne + 1

Board games shop Subcultures
“There are so many amazingly designed board games out there, and it's delightful to walk in a place like Subcultures and be completely surrounded by them.”

  • By Mike

Canal Oudegracht
“I love coming here with my friends sometimes, just to sit by the canal and enjoy the view.”

  • By Natalia + 1

Foodtruck Broodje Ben
“During my breaks I like to get a delicious lunch at Broodje Ben together with a few fellow students. These sandwiches are highly recommended! ”

  • By Stephan + 2
Food truck
City Centre
The old town is the place to go out and do some shopping. You'll find there also two faculties. VIEW ALL

Feestcafé De Vrienden
“In "De Vrienden" it is always busy, if you really want to dance well then you should not be here. But it's a good place to meet new people!”

  • By Berne + 1
Bar dancing

Coffeebar Anne & Max
“Also a good location if you are looking for a place to study!”

  • By Berne + 1

Shopping centre Hoog Catharijne
“Shopping mall Hoog Catharije is a meeting place for me and my friends, as we have the chance to do some shopping and then enjoy a coffee.”

  • By Evanthia + 3

De Neude square
“In Square De Neude, you can always find a bar or a restaurant and it is such a nice place to hang out.”

  • By Kimberly + 4
Many cafés

Gys
“As I write this, I am sitting in Gys drinking coffee. Gys is therefore very suitable to work on school or something else.”

  • By Milan

Bookstore Bijleveld
“It has a great atmosphere which makes me feel very comfortable. I usually spent a lot of time there trying to decide what my next book will be!”

  • By Evanthia

PIL Social Committee
“I especially liked coming up with new ideas to improve the situation of students in those challenging "corona" times. One of the activities organized by me was the Zumba Party to push away negativity and burn some extra calories.”

  • By Mariam
Law Econ Gov

Mick O'Connells
“If you want to grab a few beers with your friends and/or watch some football, Mick O'Connells is the place to go!”

  • By Alptug + 1

Centraal Museum
“Lovely place to admire art for a few hours and then finish with a drink in the cafe”

  • By Manouk
Courtyard garden

Japanese dining Kounosuke
“If you crave for authentic Japanese dishes, especially don dining, you should give this place a try :) They also have vegan option so it's a big plus.”

  • By Tú

Plantjesmarkt
“Although I first ridiculed a friend of mine for her amount of plants, I now have eleven in my room…”

  • By Milan

The Railway Museum
“I came here regularly as a little girl with my grandfather and grandmother and I can still be amazed by all the trains.”

  • By Berne

Studio M
“If you ever want to work out a project but just don't have the right material or knowledge/experience, the members of Studio M are always eager to lend you a hand.”

  • By Milan + 1

Plant store Rood en Bloem
“Big collection of plants and great, friendly service”

  • By Manouk

Gamestate Arcade games
“The range of games is very large and it is a fantastic feeling when you have won a lot of pink cards after a game!”

  • By Berne + 1
Arcade games

Anan Saigon Streetfood
“Anan offers delightful and tasty food, together with a friendly atmosphere to spend some quality time with friends.”

  • By Annaflavia

Park Lepelenburg
“If you are looking for a location somewhere easy to access from Utrecht Centraal and also having some supermarket options, that is your destination. It is not the biggest park in Utrecht but one of my favorite so far!”

  • By Derin

University Hall
“This is the heart of all academic ceremonies. Not only it is architecturally pleasing but also it has witnessed a key event in Dutch history. It is where the Union of Utrecht had been signed, which ultimately led to the formation of the Dutch Republic!”

  • By Mik + 5

Wilhelminapark
“Wilhelminapark is a great place for picnics in the summer and for walks in the autumn. There is a very nice atmosphere and enough space for everyone. Near the park, you can get a delicious ice cream at ice cream parlour Vorst.”

  • By Natasha + 2

Canal Oudegracht
“I love coming here with my friends sometimes, just to sit by the canal and enjoy the view.”

  • By Natalia + 1

Bar Lebowski
“I think that Lebowski is one of the “must” places for students since it has a great atmosphere and organizes many events, e.g pub-quiz.”

  • By Evanthia + 2
Pubquiz

University Library City Centre
“Personally, I find the library a very nice, quiet place to study. The large windows let in a lot of natural light. There is an adjoining café, so besides all the studying you can also take a coffee break with your friends. I especially recommend the cappuccinos!”

  • By Natasha + 2

Griftpark
“I love this location, because people always walk their dogs here so you are bound to see a fluffy dog walking around.”

  • By Kimberly + 1

Liquor store Wine & Whisky
“To get through the pandemic, I am expanding my wine knowledge. The occasional delicious wine tasting is a wonderful way to spend one's free time.”

  • By Kees

O'Panuozzo
“Tip, instead of a normal pizza, go for the unique pizza breads.”

  • By Mik

Chupitos
“When I go out, I can always be found in Chupitos with my friends first, many shots later we often decide to stay there all night and have a nice dance.”

  • By Berne

Board games shop Subcultures
“There are so many amazingly designed board games out there, and it's delightful to walk in a place like Subcultures and be completely surrounded by them.”

  • By Mike

Canoe rental Utrecht
“I especially enjoy canoeing on the Oudegracht where happy people are chilling out along the canals.”

  • By Berne + 1

Pool cafe Hart van Utrecht
“Perfect place for a cozy/gezellige and active night out with friends”

  • By Manouk + 1

Drift 23
“A characteristic building with a lot of secret places.”

  • By Berne

Restaurant Vapiano
“If you don't know where you will make a reservation to eat out, Vapiano Hoog Catharijne is always a good choice! They have friendly service and the food is always good.”

  • By Stephan + 1

Shop Zuivelhoeve Utrecht
“Personally, I love eating cheese! If I pass through that street I definitely buy some from that shop and always trying different types.”

  • By Evanthia
Typical Dutch

Historical square Janskerkhof
“For me, Janskerkhof and the streets surrounding it represent the historical beauty of the city of Utrecht.”

  • By Annaflavia + 1

Gift shop Waar Utrecht
“WAAR offers multiple sustainable alternatives, that are otherwise hard to find in typical shops and supermarkets”

  • By Annaflavia

Louis Hartlooper Complex
“Great cinema to watch smaller or art-house films”

  • By Mike + 2
Art house

SVO Bar
“As a student at the Faculty of Humanities, you can regularly find me in the SVO bar. It is a nice place to study and in the evening when the bar opens for activities, it turns into a cozy meeting place.”

  • By Berne

Fotodok
“The museum is not only exhibiting the individual photographs but tell stories through them using documentary photography! What I like about this museum is, it has so much connection about film and virtual reality! ”

  • By Derin

The AKT Office
“The AKT office feels like my second living room where I can always go and have a chat with my fellow students.”

  • By Berne + 1

Kinepolis Jaarbeurs
“As a cinephile, I could not ignore this location! You could watch different films from Hollywood auteurs (not Marvel and Spiderman) to European directors in this awesome place! ”

  • By Derin

De Ontdekking
“When I moved to Utrecht a year and a half ago, I immediately started looking for nice coffee shops. Although places like Onz and Gys were well received, De Ontdekking takes the cake as far as I'm concerned”

  • By Milan

Green Up
“This store is an oasis in the city and I like to come here for a drink or to find a nice gift”

  • By Sanne

Theater Kikker
“I have admired a performance by HKU students, “Spread The Sadness”, here and thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience.”

  • By Milan

Municipal Theatre (Stadsschouwburg)
“Everything from dance, comedy to opera!”

  • By Manouk + 2

Blackfish
“I always have a great time here with the staff and enjoy the music to the fullest. Moreover, the records that are being played at that moment are on the counter.”

  • By Milan
Vintage

Café de Poort
“Ever since I started my bachelor's degree, Public Administration and Organizational Science and café De Poort have been inextricably linked. Between lectures I like to drink a cup of coffee with friends on the sun-drenched terrace on the Ledig Erf. At the end of a long day of lectures and tutorials, this is also the perfect place to have a drink or eat well.”

  • By Mik

Law Faculty Building
“Nice pub on De Neude, always nice for a drink.”

  • By Kees
Law Econ Gov

Cafe de Beuntjes
“They are making pretty nice craft beer by their own. I would highly recommend that! Also the location is close by the University Library City Centre and it is generally cosy place for hanging out!”

  • By Derin

University Museum Utrecht
“Be sure to drink a cup of coffee on the terrace in the garden of the museum and enjoy this hidden oasis of tranquility in the city center.”

  • By Mik + 2

Kafé België
“Can't choose from the large amount of beers on the menu? Be sure to ask for a recommendation from the staff behind the bar!”

  • By Mik

Music complex Tivoli Vredenburg
“Tivoli has many restaurants and café’s that you can stay in for the entire day and study or hang out with your friends. It hosts a lot of concerts and events as well that are fantastic”

  • By Kimberly + 2
Live music
City of Utrecht
The city of Utrecht has a lot to offer; bars, restaurants, many shopping options and 3 campuses. VIEW ALL

Café Noen
“Whenever you feel like you need a break from studying or crave ‘real’ coffee, Noen is the place to be.”

  • By Natalia + 1

Karibu Café
“Karibu café is one of my favorite places for brunch in Utrecht. I would highly recommend the “eggs benny"”

  • By Kimberly + 1
Green Oasis

Ping pong club
“To be honest, I've only been there once, just before all the catering industry closed again, but it was certainly worth repeating.”

  • By Milan

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

  • By Mik

Restaurant LE:EN
“This is a wonderful restaurant to have dinner with friends and to taste all the snacks by sharing them. I can also recommend the cocktails!”

  • By Sanne

Cafe de Beuntjes
“They are making pretty nice craft beer by their own. I would highly recommend that! Also the location is close by the University Library City Centre and it is generally cosy place for hanging out!”

  • By Derin

Ohøj coffee roasting
“In this shop, you can various espresso based coffees and filter coffee. In addition, you can buy freshly roasted whole or grinded coffee beans.”

  • By Alptug + 1

Japanese dining Kounosuke
“If you crave for authentic Japanese dishes, especially don dining, you should give this place a try :) They also have vegan option so it's a big plus.”

  • By Tú

Gardening centre Intratuin
“I never walk out of this shop without having bought at least 1 plant.”

  • By Manouk

Griftpark
“The 'city petting zoo' in the Grift park is very nice to visit!”

  • By Vera + 1

Wilhelminapark
“In summer time it's nice to picknick and barbecue with friends in the Wilhelmina park”

  • By Vera + 2

Liquor store Wine & Whisky
“To get through the pandemic, I am expanding my wine knowledge. The occasional delicious wine tasting is a wonderful way to spend one's free time.”

  • By Kees
Around Utrecht
Our students will give you the best recommendations for the surrounding suburbs. VIEW ALL

Park Bloeyendael
“I find it a very nice place for walking and playing my ukulele. The park is right next to my house and I can get there easily. From this park, you can go in many directions and if you do it right, you'll find yourself in the centre of Utrecht!”

  • By Natasha

Fortress bij Rijnauwen
“It’s hard to miss Fort Rijnauwen if you go on your morning runs around the forest in Amelisweerd. The history behind the walls adds a bit of character to the forest and its beautiful flora and fauna. The sunset walks there are amazing too, definitely check it out in the early months of May, when it’s the perfect weather”

  • By Berne + 1

Beach Oog in Al (SOIA)
“Nice grass area to sit along the big canal that is perfect for sunny days ”

  • By Manouk + 1
Urban beach

Maxima Park
“Máximapark is where the green meets the modern. It is a lovely place to go for a walk and let go of the daily stressors.”

  • By Alptug + 1

Juliana Park
“I can't believe I only went here recently. This is such a nice place to visit if you want to see some animals, but don't feel like paying money or traveling to another city. It's also a great place to drop by if they ran out of chicken at your supermarket :)”

  • By Mike + 1

Nature Reserve Amelisweerd
“After a long walk through Amelisweerd, I feel refreshed and re-energized. Being in the midst of such rich flora and fauna is a unique feeling.”

  • By Annaflavia + 1

Cinema Pathé Leidsche Rijn
“Famously known for their rooftop cinema which is a bit pricey, but a really great experience”

  • By Kimberly + 2
Rooftop cinema

Leidsche Rijn centrum
“Every once in a while I grab my bike and cycle to Leidsche Rijn Centrum. It always feels like I'm in another world for a while. And of course I always grab the Jumbo Foodmarket before I go back.”

  • By Berne

Ohøj coffee roasting
“This cafe is very close walk from my house and it has great coffee!”

  • By Kimberly + 1

Gardening centre Intratuin
“I never walk out of this shop without having bought at least 1 plant.”

  • By Manouk

Boulder hall Energiehaven
“I started bouldering around the time that I started my Masters program and absolutely fell in love with it. Energiehaven sets a very high standard for boulder gyms. The routes are changed frequently and are often very creative. The hall is large and there's even an outdoor wall.”

  • By Mike + 1

Tea room Rhijnauwen
“I love to walk around here and this teahouse is a super nice stopping point for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The surrounding woods are very beautiful. On a sunny day the teahouse is full of students and families who go for a walk.”

  • By Vera + 1

Castle De Haar
“I like the cycling path to the castle which is filled with beautiful farmhouses and fruit gardens. You can easily visit the farms you see on the road, or buy fresh cherry, strawberries or blueberries in the summer.”

  • By Tú + 1

Student residences De Sterren
“I live in this place! Thanks to my nice housemates, I will love this place for the rest of my life. I never feel alone here. This is where I met my best friend and also my partner!”

  • By Natasha

Garden Center Steck
“I like to come here to look for plants, but also to visit the garden cafe, Noordertuin.”

  • By Sanne

Swimmingpool Den Hommel
“I try to swim laps for about half an hour every week, because swimming is very good for your whole body. This way I can always start the day well.”

  • By Berne

Park Het Gagelbos
“During all the lockdowns I could be found here a lot to rollerblade or walk. Nice and close to home, but not in the city.”

  • By Sanne