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!

Besides all the great ESN activities and parties (and the Dutch events), you are all here for another purpose: studying. As you probably did not have time to study (or just tried to ignore it), it is now really the moment to sit down behind those books. But where do you do that? Everybody knows about the university librarys on the Science park or the Drift, but with the exam weeks these places can get really busy and you'll have to get up early to find yourself a study spot. Even more so, the coffee isn't great and the atmosphere can be depressing.

It’s one of those early days or nights: you’re very hungry, totally not feeling able to cook, perhaps hangover,  maybe after one of those famous ESN parties , your body is screaming for a lot of calories and you’ re desperately looking for a place to fulfill those needs… Do not panic, we can help you out! Utrecht has a lot of great places where all your food dreams come true. Here’s the top 5:

we want to enlighten you with knowledge of the city you live in – just some random facts you can tell people at a party. We already solved several mysteries of Utrech. The next one is also something we were very curious about: what’s the deal with that statue of a woman (or is it an angel?) on top of TivoliVredenburg?

We all know Utrecht is ridiculously pretty. We gaze upon its beauty every single day. At a certain point you just get spoiled by the gorgeous canals and the beautiful houses. The world recognizes Utrecht by its canals. In 2015, the Australian website said Utrecht has the most beautiful canals in the world. Utrecht beats Venice, Brugge, St.

Every time,  one graffiti has caught my eye and I always wondered what it meant... it is the image of a sort of gnome. And it's not just one artwork, there are more of them around the city. I was puzzled and I decided to investigate and thus I found this 'graffiti hero' called KBTR.

Once I was making my way down through the Oudegracht in direction to Ledig Erf and I you found some peculiar letters written on the stones of the sidewalk. I was so intrigued that I decided to solve this mistery! Follow me on this journey through The Letters of Utrecht!

Many students coming to study in the Netherlands have little experience with cycling, or at least cycling as much as Dutch people do! Here are some tips for cycling in The Netherlands:

  1. Lock your bike!

Claims that "you can always make money but you can't always make memories" are difficult to believe when you are a broke student. When you are living abroad, you spend money in ways you might not have expected and more money than you would like.

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.