Living in Belgium / Germany

Some students may choose to live in Belgium or in Germany, where accommodation tends to be cheaper and easier to find. This is quite a common option, particularly in these last years, where the Maastricht housing market has been a little crazy.

The Belgian border is only a 15-minute bike ride from Maastricht’s city centre, so you can commute to Maastricht quite easily. Germany is a little bit further away (1.5 hours by bus), but this is still also a relatively common option among students.

However, students choosing not to live in the Netherlands during their studies in Maastricht should consider certain things:

Non-EU students

If you’re a non-EU student, you should especially remember that your Schengen visa will only allow you to reside in the country in which you’re going to study – so the Netherlands; you can move around the EU freely, but can only stay in another EU country for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period. This means that, unfortunately, residing in Germany or Belgium will not be possible for non-EU students, unless you have a visa for those countries.

EU students

EU students, on the other hand, are free to move and reside in any EU country. For you, however, choosing to live in Belgium / Germany means that you’ll need to check the requirements for living there – do you have to register at a municipality? Do you need to take out new health insurance? Do you have to pay taxes?

Because mymaastricht is only here to provide information for residents of the Netherlands, you guys will have to find out about any requirements for yourselves. Bear in mind that you may face additional bureaucratic steps that we unfortunately don’t cover here. Additionally, remember that you may not be eligible for things like huurtoeslag (Dutch housing subsidy), or have access to the free GGD services. As a default, assume that the information covered in our housing section (apart from this page!) does not apply to you if you opt for living in Belgium / Germany.

Living abroad, but working in the Netherlands

If you live in Belgium / Germany (or anywhere else in the EU), but have a job in the Netherlands, then mymaastricht can help you out again! Here are the main things you should know:

Cars and commutes

Students living abroad and commuting to the Netherlands should check out our transport section for information about cars, parking, and public transport in the Netherlands.

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