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Groningen v Utrecht v Leiden

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    I am planning on doing a masters degree in hopefully one of these three cities. Which is the best for an international (British) student, in terms of living, student life/night life and getting around?
    I have never visited the north or the Netherlands and have visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague before. Is Groningen much different?

    Also I am interested in the study abroad options so if one of these universities has better opportunities for this that is also helpful.

    Hi there,

    I am a student at Leiden, but have been to Utrecht, and know some Groningers as well. Size-wise Groningen and Leiden probably wouldn't feel too different, while Utrecht is a little bigger. Groningen is a little more isolated, being in the north of the Netherlands, but as the country is quite small it's still only a couple of hours away from the rest of the Netherlands. One of Leiden's great advantages is being only 15 minutes from the airport, so I have appreciated that flying back to the UK.

    The nightlife would probably be best in Utrecht, but in both Utrecht and Leiden you would be close enough to get to Rotterdam, Den Haag, or Amsterdam for a night out. They all would have their own night-life of course, and if you make good friends in each city you may find yourself hanging out there. There are decent international communties in all three cities too, so you'd probably enjoy that. I am guessing that all of the universities would have good study abroad programmes, but I don't know if that would be possible within a 1 year masters.

    I have loved living and studying in Leiden personally, and also think Utrecht is a very cool city. If you want to ask me a bit more I'd be happy to talk about my experiences here.
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    Thank you so much for your reply! Very helpful. All the masters courses I am looking at are 2 year courses I think that's why I was asking about study abroad. I may ask you more once I get applying and seeing what opportunities I get! Thanks again
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