How's living in Maastricht as a student?

''Maastricht is well known for its gastronomy and hospitality. Food is an important aspect of its burgundian culture, which makes dining out is always an experience.''

Choosing the Hotel Management School in Maastricht means you’re not just attending a respected institution, but also living in one of the Netherlands' most beautiful cities. You'll live on campus during your first year, but the city center is just a 15-minute bike ride away, allowing easy access to all its attractions!


Historic & cultural

One of the Netherlands' oldest city is Maastricht; Its central streets are very welcoming for visitors who want to enjoy themselves in this iconic city.

The compactness of Maastricht makes everyone quickly feel at home. In the centre of the city lies Vrijthof square, known for its terraces with views of  historical buildings like the iconic St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk). The Vrijthof serves as an event location for major events, including the Christmas Market and the 'Preuvenemint,' a celebrated culinary festival. From the Vrijthof, a short walk leads to shopping streets or the 'Stadspark,' perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

As a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network and the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, Maastricht enjoys connections with nearby centers such as Aachen and Liège.

Student life

Despite being relatively small, Maastricht never feels quiet. The city is constantly alive with festivals, celebrations, and parties. Whether you're strolling through the city, visiting museums, or relaxing by the River Maas with friends, there’s always something to do.

In terms of nightlife, Maastricht has plenty to offer. Cross the river to explore a variety of bars in the city center or dance the night away at the nightclub Complex. The renewed Sphinx quarter, hosts a mix of entertainment venues where you can catch a movie at one of the cinemas or enjoy live music at the Muziekgieterij.


Maastricht is well known for its gastronomy and hospitality. Food is an important aspect of its burgundian culture, which makes dining out is always an experience. Maastricht’s streets are lined with diverse dining venues, from cafés and wine bars to restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines imaginable. Here, you can indulge in local favorites like ‘friet zoervleisj', order a luxurious five-course meal at a fancy restaurant, or find comfort in dishes that remind you of home.

A must-visit for hospitality enthusiasts is the ‘Kruisherenhotel,’ a five-star establishment owned by alumnus Camille Oostwegel [F 2009]. This hotel, set in a former monastery in the city center, showcases the seamless blend of historic architecture and modern design. Step inside to admire the stunning lobby, or enjoy a glass of wine at the hotel’s elegant wine bar.

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