Study in Deventer

Your studies are important, but you're probably also curious about what the city of Deventer has to offer. What's it like to live as an international student in Deventer? What kind of activities are there? You can read all about it on this page and watch the video from Citymarketing Deventer in the header!

Deventer for international students

Who better than an international student can tell you more about Deventer as a city for international students? Skaiste is a Tourism Management student from Lithuania and takes you on a one-minute-tour through Deventer. 

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If you like a city that could be calm and exciting at the same time, Deventer is a great choice as you would never be bored.

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  • Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. The city has a medieval town quarter and the houses has a typical Dutch construction style. 
  • Deventer also has an large mix of old and new shops. You can find historic shopping streets,  with old-fashioned Dutch cheese, coffee, and sweet shops for example. Or streets with more alternative shops, such as second-hand or antique shops, or small boutique shops. But of course you can also find the main-street shops with popular chains.
  • Nature is around the corner! Situated nearby the river 'Ijssel', locals like to go out for a walk or even swim at the riverbanks. 
Discover Deventer

Deventer is a pleasant city to build up your new student life, partially due to the growing international community. The historic city is a pleasure to life, with all necessary shops, bars and restaurants and nature nearby.

Saxion has housing accomodations in Deventer for all of our first year international students from outside EU/EEA. After your first year, you can search for a room or studio in an (international) student accomodation. 


The Saxion campus in Deventer is located in the centre and at walking distance from the train station. The striking architecture, designed by the Dutch architect Paul Dirks and the special location, a few minutes from the old town, the city centre and the arts centre, are all ingredients that make this an exceptional learning environment. Check out the video discover the Saxion campus in Deventer!

The city is know for its festive activities. Think of music festivals, summer fun fairs, street theater festivals, cultural events, and the annual book fair (biggest in Europe) every Sunday. But historic lovers can also enjoy the city since Deventer is the host of some of the largest historical events. Think of a medieval festival or the annual Charles Dickens festival, during which locals dress up like 19th century Charles Dickens characters and the streets go back in time with decorations to give you that pleasant historical feeling. Deventer is definitly a vibrant city when it comes down to organising activities and events. 


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