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After your registration, you will be provided with a registration number (Burgerservicenummer or BSN), and this allows you to apply for study financing, a Dutch Bank account, DigiD, Student Health Insurance.

Before you register, confirm you can register at the address you are living (ideally before signing the rental contract). You can typically confirm this with the landlord. If you cannot register at the property, we advise you to search for other student accommodation. It would prevent you from accessing all the recommended services you need while studying. Additionally, being registered at the wrong address can result in a fine.

For registration, you first need to make an appointment with the town hall (gemeente) of the municipality you live. It can be done over the phone or online where you will receive an email or a letter by post confirming your appointment and will detail the documents required. The application can take up to four weeks to process. Once you have your BSN, you can then apply for your DigiD. When these two things are arranged, dealing with your administration, i.e. applying for rent or health allowance, accessing your studielink etc. account becomes smoother.

How to Register?

Dutch municipalities (gemeente) require that you have to register within five days after you arrive in the Netherlands. If you are late with your registration, we advise you to contact the local municipality; they will provide you with advice and find the best solution for you.

The documents you need to register include:

  • A valid passport or ID card
  • Proof of enrollment at a Dutch university
  • Your Rental contract
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate (or original if available in multiple languages)

All the official documents provided should be either in Dutch, English, French or German. If you do not register at the municipality or the registered address is not correct, or you don’t notify the change of address on time the fine is €325.

To make a registration appointment at your local municipality, access these links

Burgerservicenummer (BSN)

A BSN is the citizen number you receive when you register in the Netherlands for the first time. Everyone who lives and is registered in the Netherlands has one.

With you BSN you can get a bank account, pay your taxes, get a student health insurance, applying for allowances, change your address etc.

Note: If you have any delays receiving your BSN but need a bank account, you can open one without it with bunq. At bunq, you can open your Dutch bank account without a BSN number.