5 reasons to live in Utrecht

If you are in the phase of considering which city in the Netherlands is the most suitable to start your new life, Utrecht SHOULD definitely be on your list. Why? Here are 5 reasons why we believe Utrecht is a great place to live.

#1 Utrecht is located in the heart of the Netherlands

When we say ‘heart’, we really mean it! Located in the center of mainland Netherlands, from Utrecht, you can reach some big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague by train or by car within 30 minutes on average. Thanks to its central position, Utrecht is well-connected to other cities in the Netherlands or even in Belgium and Germany. Furthermore, the public transport within the city (bus, tram, train) is also super convenient and easy to follow for any newbies coming here for the first time.

#2 Utrecht is home to one of the best universities in the Netherlands

Do you dare to study at one of the best universities in the Netherlands? If you are planning to continue your studies in the Netherlands, university ranking should also be taken into consideration. Great news, one of the leading research universities in Europe is situated in Utrecht!

Since 2010, The Shanghai Rankings has ranked Utrecht University the best in the Netherlands. Utrecht University has been ranked in the top 70 in the world for 11 years. In addition, this university is placed at #69 in Times Higher Education Rankings 2022 and #54 in Best Global Universities, according to US News Education Rankings. Here are some top faculties that Utrecht University is well-known for: Pharmacology and Toxicology, Social Sciences and Public Health, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging,...

Utrecht university
Utrecht university - one of the leading research universities in Europe.

#3 Utrecht keeps breaking records

Did you know that - besides being one of the best universities in the country - Utrecht University is also the largest one?

When you visit Utrecht, it is likely that you will arrive at Utrecht Centraal - the largest train station in the Netherlands. With 16 platform tracks, this is also the busiest one within the country.

Utrecht centraal
Utrecht centraal - the largest train station in the Netherlands.

Moreover, what is ‘Dutch-est’ thing that comes to your mind? Bicycles, right? Then of course, next to the largest train station lies the biggest bicycle parking garage in the world, having over 12.500 (!) parking lots with 3 levels. Therefore, it is essential to remember where you park your bike. You don't want to look for your beloved two-wheeler in a maze...

Fun fact: Utrecht is one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands. However, when it comes to provinces, Utrecht (yes, it is also called Utrecht) is the smallest province with a total area of 1560 km². Besides the city of Utrecht, Utrecht province also includes amazing cities, like Zeist and Nieuwegein.

Final remark, don't forget to visit the Dom tower - Utrecht’s pride and symbol. One of the reasons is that this is the highest church tower in the Netherlands

#4 Utrecht resembles to Amsterdam, but is less crowded and cheaper

Are you in love with the architecture of Amsterdam, with the city shaped around the canals, but are you looking for a more quiet place to enjoy every breath of life? Then, Utrecht is the perfect place for you! Residents of Utrecht are surrounded by peaceful neighborhoods filled with history.

And of course, the cost of living in Utrecht is more economical compared to in the capital. According to some estimates, Utrecht’s rental prices are about 20% lower than in Amsterdam.

#5 Utrecht is Dynamic and diverse

Being an ancient city does not mean that Utrecht is over the party. Utrecht is filled with a large number of museums, art galleries, and cultural events. Moreover, there are tons of café and bars located in its compact city center. Wandering around here, you can easily find a spot on a terrace located next to the canals. Chilling with a warm cup of tea after a day of working or studying would be a useful stress-relieved therapy for you.

Last but not least, living in Utrecht means you are joining a vibrant ex-pat community. With a total of 330,000 residents with people from 170 different nationalities, Utrecht is truly a city of cultural diversity!

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Do you want to have a closer look at Vleuterhuys - one of our buildings in Utrecht? Watch the video tour below!


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’!