Student Travel to Amsterdam
Amsterdam as a destination for students is very popular across the globe. It is a student friendly city with lots of things to do and amenities that appeal to student’s sense of exploration and adventure. Amsterdam used to be a cheap place for students but since the Netherlands changed the national currency to Euros back in 2002, the prices have hiked up to almost 50% of the original rate.
Amsterdam has some really enthralling sites to visit for free. You can take a leisurely stroll around the Amsterdam canal rings and have an awe-inspiring view of the city from one of the many city bridges, go for free boat rides on the ferry which connects Amsterdam to IJ Island or visit the Blomenmarket aka the Flower Market. See our things to do section; Free Amsterdam.
For students, this city holds a lot of allure as it offers everything from history, culture, shopping or just some plain old relaxing in an old and illustrious European city. One of the highlights of Amsterdam is its high-tolerance level to some of the more dubious activities such as prostitution and drug consumption and the Red Light District and Amsterdam’s coffeeshops are an obvious attraction.
Getting here is pretty straightforward; just book a ticket to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Bear in mind, it has always been a popular destination, so cheap tickets could be hard to come by. The low cost airlines such as Easyjet do good deals but you need to book around 6 months before to get the best rates. If you are travelling within Europe you can always look for a good price with bus company Eurolines who sometimes have good deals. You could also drive but parking is ridiculously expensive in Amsterdam.
As far as safety goes, Amsterdam doesn’t really witness violent crimes. The most that could happen is you being pick pocketed in a busy location, so always be careful. Also, try and avoid the bystanders who come and try to sell you drugs in areas like the Red Light District, just politely say no thanks or ignore them. In most cases they are selling vitamin c or headache pills.
Amstel Kerk - Amsterdam
Flower Market Tulips
Botanical Gardens - Amsterdam
The Grasshoper - Amsterdam
Exploring the Amsterdam Canal...
Albert Cuyp Market - Bicycles
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