Living in the Netherlands

Preparing for Dutch Weather

For some international students the Dutch weather may be a bit tricky at first, such as students from tropical regions who are not accustomed to the Dutch moderate maritime climate. During the day, the temperature can vary between 0-10ºC in winter, and 18-25º in summer. However, the weather can sometimes be kind of unpredictable. 
So what should we pack for our stay in The Netherlands?

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Since it rains a lot in here, a lightweight rain-jacket might be handy. Sometimes an umbrella may not be so practical as the wind gets in the way, not to mention that it is difficult to use when you ride a bike.

In summer, there is quite a lot of sunshine. Feel free to wear your shorts, t-shirts, and slippers, but you will probably need a jacket or a long-sleeved tops to keep you warm at night. However, in fall/spring, the weather gets colder, so during these times of the year people start to put on their jackets, but still quite moderate most of the time.

For winter, it can be pretty cold, but it does not snow much, so keep your warm clothes ready. Layering can be a key to keep you warm. So instead of wearing one very thick layer, it is better to wear several thinner layers to keep the body heat. You should also prepare your warm accessories such as shawl, gloves, and beanie.

The IDE Compass team interviewed Mieke Rikken, an SPD master student, for some tips during winter.

“A good winter jacket might be a good investment, ideally it should be windproof and waterproof, so it can keep you warm during the showers and/or the windy Dutch weather. Other than that, you probably will not need to splurge, you can get nice warm gloves pretty cheap in local stores such as HEMA. An big leather shoes can keep you warm, but I don’t really like them, so I usually just use my converse, haha!”

By Vinda Hardikurnia & Pelin Esnaf
Published in January 2017

The Facebook pages you shouldn't miss

These Facebook pages will help you during your stay in Delft. 

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IDE TU Delft 

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TU Delft InternationalsThis group belongs to international students and their friends who have been or currently are in DelftFind a room(mate) in DelftFind a room or roommate in Delft
ID study associationStudy association of the faculty of IDEIamExpat in the NetherlandsArticles, news, info, tips, events, competitions, housing & jobs for the international community in the Netherlands!
InfuseStudent association for DfI students, organizing events with companies and tripsSport en Cultuur TU DelftUnit Sports and Culture offers plenty of activities where you can meet other students and pick up new hobbies
Studio 360Student association for SPD students, organizing events with companies and tripsTEDx DelftThe most interesting people of TU share their experiences
FuturyStudent association for IPD students, organizing events with companies and tripsBicycles for saleFind a bike!
Honours Programme DelftFor those students who want to go the extra mile in their studies*Student* sale in Delft!The undergound student market: get good deals from other *students*.
Yes!Delft StudentsOrganizes events to introduce students to entrepreneurship. Activities such as workshops, courses and the entrepreneurial journey!


Published in October 2015

Living in Delft

Delft is small, but life in Delft is colorful! Explore interesting spots all over Delft. 

Enjoying Giethoorn

Some of the international students paid a visit to Giethoorn and had a lovely day out. Giethoorn is a picturesque village in the province of Overijssel in the North-East side of the Netherlands about 175 km away from Delft. It is a nice destination for a daytrip on a summer weekend!  

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In winter, when there is snow and ice, and when the canals are frozen, it is a beloved destination for the Dutch to go on an ice skating tour.

Giethoorn is known in the Netherlands as "Venice of the North"In the old part of the village, there were no roads (nowadays there is a cycling path), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. Visitors are able to rent a boat for a tour.

Published in May 2013