hoi week

The HOI-week in Enschede

Enschede houses 20,000 students, which makes it a real student city. At only five minutes' walk from the campus, the Oude Markt is where you will find most student unions, patio cafés, pubs, restaurants and discos.

Of course, there is more to Enschede than that: great concerts and events take place regularly. For instance, the Oude Markt is transformed into a beach each year for a beach volleyball tournament. The finish of the annual Batavieren relay race is in Enschede as well, which says it all.

Students in Enschede receive discounts on a lot of activities, ranging from evenings out, haircuts and sports, which are almost free.

All this explains why Enschede has been voted the best student city in the Netherlands several times. There really is so much to do here besides studying!


Check out the timetable for the HOI in Enschede. More information about the programme wil follow.

On Monday and Tuesday, your school will introduce you to your chosen programme, classes, class mates and school building. The programme for your school is available on saxion.edu/introduction. Attendance is mandatory (and free).  

It's also possible to sign in or register for the HOI during these days. Once you've paid the participation fee, you'll receive a goody bag and a HOI t-shirt. You can sign in at Monday or Tuesday from 11:00 – 16:00 at the restaurant at Saxion, 

10.00 – 12.00: Meet the parents! Gather at saxion-square

The academy-days are gone, and the HOI 2019 will begin! During ‘Meet the parents’ you will get to know your HOI-papa and/or HOI-mama, these are older-year students that will guide you during the HOI. They will guide you to the activities and can tell you all about the city, the school and studying.

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch + welcome speach, saxion-square

After meeting eachother there is a lunch and will the HOI 2019 officialy start.

13.00 – 17.00: Saxion Summer Festival, Volkspark

The Saxion Summer Festival will take place in the afternoon at the Volkspark. The Volkspark is walking distance away from Saxion. Here you can enjoy a nice cool drink and enjoy the music. At the festival you can meet different association. Or find out about some other interesting things Enschede has to offer. You’ll get to know some activities that you can do besides your study.

There are also activities that you can do with the whole group, maybe you are the fastest on the longest inflatable assault course of The Netherlands!

17.00 – 19.00: Buffet, D Jaargetijden (Volkspark)

‘De Jaargetijden’ is located in the Volkspark. A buffet is on the menu for today. This is also the moment you can deicide with your group, what activities you are planning to do tomorrow.

19.30 – 01.00: Introduction Concert, Oude Markt

After dinner, the introduction concert will start at the Oude Markt.

10.00 – 12.00: Early bird program, different rooms in Saxion’s main building

In the morning there is an Early Bird Program, where you can do special stuff. For our international students there is a special program, stay tuned!

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch2go, Saxion square

In the afternoon there will be a lunch to go ready for pickup.

13.00 – 15.00: Activity round 1, different locations

On Wednesday you can decide with your group to what activities you go, do you want to go climbing or do you want to relax and play pool? There are a lot of activities to choose from

15.00 – 17.00: Activity round 2, different locations

Same as round 1, but again!

17.00 – 20.30: BBQ, Saxion square

After the activities there will be a BBQ waiting for you at the Saxion square. During this BBQ you can grill it yourself. ‘Feest DJ Silas’ (party DJ) will play some nice tunes to warm everybody up for the HOI final party

21.00 – 01.00 : HOI final party, De Jaargetijden (Volkspark)

The HOI, and with it the introduction-week is almost ending, but of course not after a final party! This party will be at ‘de Jaargetijden’ here you had buffet earlier. At ‘de Jaargetijden’ three rooms will be open, each a different music genre. Something for everybody!

01.00u – ….... : Afterparties, different locations

Also tonight there are a lot of opportunities to explore the night-life of Enschede. Are you going to continue where you left off yesterday or will you try something new? Go the ‘de Generaal’, ‘Tabula Rasa’, or ‘Aspen Valley’ for example. As usual also this night will continue to the early hours.


You can now register for HOI 2019


Partners of the HOI

To keep the HOI possible and affordable for participants, we work together with companies. For example, companies provide a activity on the thursday for all participants to enjoy, or advertise during the week.


Rabobank has been inseparable connected to the HOI for the last couple of years, whereby Rabobank is our head-sponsor. Don't have a student account yet? Apply for one now!

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Being a student has to have mostly benefits. That is why CampusShop is providing competitively priced laptop-discounts special for students. CampusShop is working together with 200 universities in the Netherlands and Belgium. Yearly 20.000 students order their laptop at CampusShop.

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ochtrup

It‘s a beautiful shopping destination only 20 minutes from Enschede where you can shop all your favourite brands – always up to 70% less than retail price. You can also treat yourself to delicious food and ice-cold drinks.

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We make room for you.

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Stichting Jongeren Huisvesting Twente

SJHT is a housing cooperation for students and young adults between 18 and 30 year with a minimum income. With us you are at the right address for a room in a student house, studio or apartment. We are the rental specialist for affordable and quality housing in the center of Enschede and Hengelo. Our mission is to give young people a good start on an affordable location.

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Curious about the commercial opportunities, feel free to contact us.


Your student life in the city of Enschede

Drink a Grolsch beer at the old market square, go shopping at Van Heekplein, attend a game of soccer by the local soccer club or visit one of the 60 events that happen in Enschede yearly. Enschede is bubbling!
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Student unions

At Saxion we have a number of Student unions. These student unions are a great addition to your student life. In the Netherlands we do make a distinction in two types of student unions.

A 'Studievereniging' is a school related student union these are for a specific study or academy and are a link between the school and students, organizing trips to company’s lectures and other school related activities next to  organizing enough fun parties and outing for their members.

A 'Studentenvereniging' is a non-school or study related student unions. These student unions are mostly formed with the goal of making the student life as fun as possible.

During the HOI you will be introduced to related student unions. So if you want to add a little extra spice to your university life see if there is a group that is right for you.

Got HOI related questions?

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Saxion protects the privacy of all parties involved in its educational and research activities. It considers it to be its duty to handle the personal data of its stakeholders with extreme precision and transparency.

For this reason, Saxion takes organizational and technical measures to prevent violations of the privacy of its current and prospective students as well as alumni, current and former employees and applicants, third parties and temporary employees, guests, and field representatives. Saxion wants to serve as an example for its students, who will have to take on this responsibility in their own professional practice at some point.

When you participate at HOI 2019 we ask you to provide some personal information to us. This data contains your name, address, email, phone number, date of birth, study, student number, Emergency number, medical information (allergies, medicines, diseases, diet, etc).

This data is shared (partially) in case of possible calamities with parties like HOI organisation, security, caterers. There have been made agreements among these parties about the handling of this data.

Two months after HOI 2019 the data will be removed at all third parties.


During HOI 2019 photo and video recordings are made. Participating at the HOI means that footage (photo and video) with your image can be used for publicity purposes.