The ESN Utrecht Blog is there to keep you up to date about all the upcoming events within ESN, festivities in Utrecht, and everything you should know to live as a true Dutchie in Utrecht. From where to buy your first bike to how to date a Dutchie, you will read it all in our articles. The writers of the blog consist of 5 talented members of the Journalism Committee of ESN Utrecht who post around one article a week, but also give the floor to enthusiastic guest writers once in a while. We will make sure you won't miss out on any great event or piece of information to make the best of your exchange in Utrecht!

Do you love writing and would you love to share your experiences in Utrecht as a guest writer? Don't hesitate to send an email to and maybe you'll see your article appear on our blog soon!

Looking for a nice route to cycle while learning something about Dutch architecture and art? Get on your bike and cycle De Stijl tour. Within 1.5 hours you will enjoy the best places of Utrecht and you will learn about Dutch architecture history!

Spending an exchange semester or your whole degree abroad is one of the most exciting and valuable moments during your life. You will inevitably create many close-knit friendships, but the question is, how to retain them when you return to your home country?

The 27th of April is known to be THE day in the Netherlands when the Dutch celebrate the King’s birthday and is therefore known as King’s Day. Last year was the first instance that people celebrated this day at home instead of walking in the streets, events were held online or even cancelled. To give to you an insight of what games you could have played, we go back in history and explain some traditional Dutch games.


When moving to a new country, one of the first points on most people’s to-do list is trying national food specialties. Although the Dutch are not known for their cuisine, there are a few must-tries when you live in the Netherlands.


Have you ever been caught speeding on the road? Or wondered why orange is the national colour of the Netherlands and what does it have to do with carrots? Well, the Dutchies made some important contributions in the fields of art, technology, engineering, and many more, but to find out more, keep reading!

The Covid-19 situation has been a challenge for all of us. With this article about home workouts we hope to motivate and inspire you to continue an active daily routine despite the current situation. We have even included a home workout for you to try out. So what are you waiting for?


Walking is hot! In a time in which life mostly revolves around your laptop, getting some fresh air every now and then can help you feel better both physically and mentally. We found some great routes, some relatively short and others more challenging. Time to put on those hiking boots!

The Journalism Committee created a ESN Utrecht podcast series and the first guests are our local board members Rens and Annelot. In this first episode, we wanted to find out more about their activities and roles, what it is like to be a board member and what benefits it brings.

This blog article will be a time capsule back in Utrecht's history. These are some of the few highlights of the historical timeline of our magnificent city, so keep reading to find out more facts entwined with its rich history!

ESN Utrecht offers a foray into a more sophisticated side of Dutch culture; namely, a trip to the Van Gogh museum!

Learning a new language from scratch as an adult is not always easy. For some, learning Dutch may be quite difficult given that some of the sounds aren’t common in other languages. However, luckily, there are several ways in which you can learn this new language during your stay in Utrecht! 

Before you leave to go on exchange, you read all of the articles, and you talk to those around you who have been on exchange themselves. Everyone says it’s the greatest time of your life, and there is nothing to say that it won’t be, but this can also create an immense amount of pressure.

Have you heard about or perhaps already tried the typical winter dish Boerenkool but you have no idea on how to cook it at home? ESN has the secret recipe to cook the old-Dutch Boerenkool that will get you through the cold winter months! The other good news? It’s not expensive at all!

As an international student you’ve probably already seen a lot of different sides of Utrecht (or you’re going to). This beautiful and vibrant city offers mulitple concerts, restaurants, bowling, escape rooms. But what about museums? We’ve made a list of the 6 museums in Utrecht to check out!

My father visited me last week, so I wanted to do something that was special to Utrecht. I haven’t had a chance to climb the Dom Tower, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do it.

Here is the theme of Dutch art again, but this time painters vs. movies. There are several artists or works of art that became an inspiration for a script… and there were a lot of them. I will give three proposals, which may also convince those not particularly interested in this topic.


Did you ever ask yourself why the traffic light near Neude looks like a bunny? Well, I asked one of my fellow Dutch students and the answer I’ve got was: “It’s not just any bunny, it’s Nijntje!”. So who or what is Nijntje?


Just like with every other country, the idea that internationals have about the Netherlands is often based or at least influenced by a lot of stereotypes. Some are cruel, some funny and some are just complete nonsense. But quite a lot of them are (kind of) true and they can be explained.


"Time’s a bitch and your days abroad are numbered, so it’s time for some reminiscing!"

When I arrived in Utrecht, I must say that I was very lucky with my housing situation. I was able to nail a "reserved accommodation" room from SSH, which is part of a limited amount of furnished rooms that the University books for their international students. I booked it in April, to start my studies in September. And it was one of the last ones.