Housing for International Students in the Netherlands

Arrival Information

Arrival in the Netherlands

Arrival and pick up arrangements can only be made if you arrive during office hours (9:00 - 17:00), so please arrange your flight/arrival on a working day (Monday–Friday) and make sure you arrive before 16:00 at the latest at Schiphol airport.

Please inform us with your exact date and time of arrival. We would like to be informed at least one week in advance so we can inform you about your pick up arrangement and prepare your room. If you arranged housing via Saxion, you can submit your arrival information by the end of this page.

We strongly suggest that you take the Saxion bus on the date suggested below and not earlier. You can check when your room will be available on this page.

There is a free pick-up service available that brings students from Schiphol Airport to the city where you will live.

Upon your arrival at Schiphol airport, Saxion students ambassadors will welcome you and accompany you to the Saxion-bus. This bus will take you to your accommodation, where you will be met by the caretaker who will help you to get settled.

Saxion offers this pick up service from Schiphol on the following days:

  • Thursday 24 January, 14:00
  • Thursday 31 January, 14:00
  • Thursday, 7 February, 14:00

If it is not possible for you to arrive on one of the dates mentioned above, you can find more arrival information below.

Travel to Saxion by train

You will arrive at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and from this airport you need to take the direct intercity train to Apeldoorn / Deventer / Enschede. This train leaves one time per hour.

The journey to Apeldoorn will take approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes. The journey to Deventer will take approx. 1½ hours. The journey to Enschede will take approx. 2 hours and 10 minutes.

For more information, please check the NS' website.

You need to buy a single use chip card at one of the yellow ticket machines with the blue sign and white NS logo across or at the NS Tickets & Service desks. A 2nd class ticket for the train is around € 20,- for Apeldoorn and Deventer. For Enschede it is around € 25,-.

Please remember to check in before getting into the train and check out. To check-in hold the card once against the NS card reader before entering the platform.

On successful check-in a green light flashes accompanied by a single beeping sound. The card reader displays "Goede reis" (“have a good trip”).

We arrange the pick-up service from the Railway station in Apeldoorn/Deventer/Enschede, which means that the journey from the airport to the Railway station is for your own expenses.

Travel to Saxion by Schiphol Travel Taxi

Besides the train it is also possible to travel by Schiphol Travel Taxi to Apeldoorn, Deventer or Enschede. The price of this taxi to Apeldoorn and Deventer is around € 99 per person and to Enschede it is around €136,-. It will be less if you travel with more people (in the same reservation). You need to pay this in cash to the taxi driver.

Travelling with this taxi is only possible if we book this for you well in advance. So please inform us at least 5 days prior to your arrival in case you would like to travel by Schiphol taxi.

Travel to Saxion from Eindhoven Airport by Flixbus

For students travelling from Eindhoven Airport: check out travelling by Flixbus. The Flixbus offers a cheap way of travelling. The price for travelling from Eindhoven to Apeldoorn, Deventer and Enschede by Flixbus is from  €5,-. 

Mind that the nearest stop is in the city center of Eindhoven, not at the Airport itself. From the Airport you can take the bus to the railway station, this takes about 20 minutes. From the railway station you can walk to the stop of the Flixbus.