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City of Enschede

Studying in Enschede is a rewarding and unique experience

The University of Twente is in Enschede, a city located minutes away from the German border. It is just a city-hop away from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Prague or Madrid, making it an excellent base to explore the rest of Europe.

With roughly 31,000 students and a wide range of clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres, Enschede is a vibrant student city. The city has an artistic charm and is home to many museums, galleries, and theatres where culture vultures can get their fix. There’s also regular music festivals and events held in the city, often in the central market square.

Around 95% of people in the Netherlands can speak English, making it easier for international students to settle in, as well as being a great place to develop their own English skills.

Like most Dutch cities, Enschede is easy to get around by bike or on foot, making commuting both green and cost effective. There are also several parks to enjoy and plentiful day trips to the surrounding countryside for those looking to escape city life for a while.

Facts about Enschede:

  • The city has 158,261 inhabitants consisting of 158 nationalities and students make up 20% of the city’s population
  • De Oude Markt has earned the nickname ‘The Living Room’ as it is surrounded by different bars and cafes, making it a popular spot to socialise
  • Enschede’s city centre houses over 300  shops and on Tuesdays and Saturdays there is a market where you can buy fresh and affordable groceries
  • Enschede is a very green city with over 10 parks and very clean air quality
  • You can easily travel to other European cities like Berlin and Paris within 4-5 hours
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