The University recommendation is to budget around €150 per month for groceries, but this of course varies from individual to individual. We’ve compiled a little overview of what shops sell what, as that may be quite confusing to some when first moving to Maastricht.
Maastricht offers a variety of different supermarkets. The biggest Dutch chains are Albert Heijn and Jumbo, which have the largest selection of goods and are to be found in multiple locations in Maastricht. Alternatively, there are Aldi, Lidl, Jan Linders, Spar & Plus in Maastricht. You can find the exact locations and opening hours here. You can also buy fresh fruit, vegetable, meat and fish at the market which is held every Wednesday and Friday in the Markt between 8:00 and 13:00.
For any hygiene products and/or cleaning products, you will be looking for a drugstore. The major drugstores in Maastricht are Kruidvat, Etos & DA. You can find the exact locations and opening hours here.
If you are looking for building supplies or other items for DIY-projects you might be in need of a hardware store. In Maastricht you can find different hardware stores, such as Praxis, Formido, Gamma, or Karwei. You can find the exact locations and opening hours here.
If you are looking for a place where you can purchase all kinds of different things – from office/study supplies to all kinds of household articles – you are looking for a department store. The main ones in Maastricht are Hema, Bijenkorf, Hudson’s Bay, Xenos & Kijkshop. You can find the exact locations and opening hours here.
Study supplies & books
If you need some basic study/office supplies, you can always check out the small supplies shop in the inner-city library. You’ll find the shop close to the lunch area next to the main entrance. If you are looking for a place to purchase books for your study, you should go to the UM Study Store at Tongersestraat 12 A. They are able to provide you with all necessary literature of your curriculum & normally they have the literature of the current periods in stock. Alternatively the Dominicanen Boekhandel also sells and orders University-related books.
Besides these two shops you can check this Facebook group or the second hand book store Books 4 Life.