4 reasons to live in Delft

#Delft Find out 4 reasons why you should start your new life in Delft - the mini version of Amsterdam in Zuid-Holland province.

Delft is well-known as the small Amsterdam of Zuid-Holland. However, there are more reasons that make people fall in love deeply with the town located in the middle of the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan area.

#1 One of the best student cities in the Netherlands:

For students who are planning to study in the Netherlands and are interested in science, design, and technology, there is a slight chance that you have not heard about the Delft University of Technology or TU Delft. Even though Delft is just a small and cozy city, TU Delft is the largest technical public university in the country, which welcomes around 20.000 students every year. Founded in 1842, the prestigious TU Delft is now ranked 75th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings, some subjects teaching at the Netherlands’ leading technical university are listed in the world-top positions, such as Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering, and Mechanical. With 8 faculties and nearly 50 bachelor's and master's programs, Delft University of Technology offers tech gurus a vibrant learning environment and promising career opportunities.

#2 An easily accessible city near biggest metropolis of the country:

Needless to say, Delft is situated in an admirable location. Thanks to its central location in the Netherlands, there are various public transport options that you could consider when visiting Delft, besides going by car, or cycling like a Dutchie. Taking Rotterdam Centraal as the departure, it only takes around half an hour to travel by bus, while every 15 minutes, you can get from Den Haag centrum to Delft by tram.

#3 A traditional, tranquil city with great amenities:

Delft has the look of a typical Dutch city that visitors could imagine in their mind before actually being here: a canal-ringed city filled with historical buildings, interesting museums, and an endless list of bars and restaurants in the traditional Dutch style. Depending on your preferences (and the moody Dutch weather), you can choose to chill on a terrace or to have the local feeling inside a warm café when wandering around Delft.

A small corner of Delft.

However, if you are looking for a busy and touristy city that never sleeps, Delft might not be the right destination for you. Far more different from the hustle and bustle atmosphere that you might encounter in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or Den Haag, Delft is made of tranquility, where you can take things slow and feel the city rhythm.

#4 The ceramic city at the heart of the Netherlands:

The pride of Delft – Delftware or Delft Blue pottery, has a history back in the 1500s. The first appearance was in Antwerp, then it was made in Delft around 1600 before being nationwide popular in the Netherlands.

Delftware porcelainsThe sophisticated porcelains of Delftware.

Although you may find a lot of white and blue ceramics that look similar to Delftware's products around the world, most of them are not from Delft. While visiting Delft, you should definitely go and take a look at the authentic, blue handmade porcelains at one of the ancient factories of Delft Blue pottery. For example, Royal Delft – the last original factory of Delftware since the 17th century, is now turned into a museum where you can see how the painters work with the traditional techniques.


The Ridge – Holland2Stay’s building located opposite the TU Delft campus, offers residents a modern living space with excellent accessibility. Check out the available rentals on the Residences page.


written by Hang

As a travel freak who moved from Hanoi to Eindhoven, I love spending my day discovering new angles of this city and learning about the country from the locals. Hopefully, my articles would help you step-by-step entering the world of Dutch culture and make your every day in the Netherlands ‘a great stay’!