Hi, my name is Euimin Chung and I am an exchange student from Korea University.
I really like blog posts like “5 tips” “7 things you should know”, so I also prepare this kind of post. These are tips that would make the start of your Maastricht life beautiful.
- To open ING bank account
You might need Dutch account for booking a group ticket(NS train group ticket), using MAESTRO card, transferring money to friends, etc. Since almost every exchange students is going to open a Dutch bank account, you should schedule an appointment earlier. In Netherlands, it is needed to make an appointment before visiting bank. For me, it took a 2 and a half week to open account at ING. On my first visit, I made an appointment. After two days, I visited again(passport and admission letter needed!) and entered some personal information(address, phone number…). Actually, my friend who visited with me successfully opened her account that day. But I should wait for ordinary mails, so I rearrange an appointment 2 weeks later. The staff said she also has no idea with this happening, just saying to my friends “You are lucky.”
And for your information, my another friend told me that with all ordinary mails needed, he can open an account without making new appointment. If you have to open an account, just try to visit there when the bank is empty.
2. To buy a bike
You might already heard about Dutch bike culture. Bike makes your life in Maastricht enrich. It reduces travel time, improves your health, and saves you money. So, the thing is, you should buy a bike. Since it is really expensive to get a new bike, most exchange students prefer to buy second-hand bike. There are several second-hand bike shops, also on the Facebook(“buy / sell a bike in Maastricht”). Second-hand bike costs about €60~€90.
By the way, if you really want to save money, finding cheap bike, please pay attention here. There is a cool guy whose name Paul selling bikes at a nominal price. I bought my bike from him for €25. He lives Bovenstraat, 3770 Riemst, Belgium. It takes 1 hour on foot from guesthouse to get there. It might be a nice experience going Belgium on foot and returning with riding a bike.
3. To use Facebook well
Facebook provides tons of information such as ISN events, nearby events, NS group tickets, and so on. These are some recommendations- ISN Maastricht 201X Students, NS Group tickets Eindhoven/Maastricht, Sharing is Caring – Maastricht University, Fleamarket Maastricht.
Also ‘Events’ tap is useful(Facebook > Settings > Events). You can find nearby events, upcoming events, and events popular with your friends. I have been to ‘Preuvenemint 2017’ with getting information from ‘Events’. It was such a nice food, drink, music festival in Maastricht.
4. More tips…
I have some more little tips to share with you. If you already register the class, and class begins but you want to change because of several reasons, you can just ask school employees for it. If it is possible to change, they will help you.
And do not hesitate to buy OV-chip card. I did, because I thought I don’t need to take a bus and the card is quiet expensive. But I was wrong, and it is way more cheap using OV-chip card.
To change your password of Maastricht university account, using this link: https://myaccount.maastrichtuniversity.nl/
Last but not least, and to a certain degree it might sound like cliché, let’s be open-minded and be nice.
This is end of my first blog post. I should go to bed because tomorrow I am going to trip with ISN! ‘Discover Holland weekend’ Hope to see you again with more fun things to share. Let’s enjoy life in Maastricht 🙂