One option for students who need an OV Chipkaart is the combo ISIC/OV Chipkaart deal. This can act as both a Dutch public transport and international student card, and gives you a 15% discount on every off-peak journey you make.
The card costs €15 , which is slightly more than the standard personal OV Chipkaart at €7,50. You also have to pay a monthly subscription of €4,50. You can check how much a standard journey costs on the website 9292.nl and from this estimate how much you would likely save with the card and thus whether it is worth it to you. Take into account that the card also allows you access to all of the ISIC discounts (which you can find here).
One thing to mention though- you can’t add any extra discounts on top of the 15%. Normally, if you’re with someone who has free travel (either a Dutch student, or someone who works 56 hours per month) then they can give you a 40% discount if you are travelling with them. This would not be possible if you only have the ISIC/OV card.
In addition, if you decided to start working 56 hours a month and got the studiefinance including the free travel product, then you would need to get your own normal personal OV chipkaart in order to benefit from this.
For most international students though, the ISIC card is probably still your best plan! You can find the sign up sheet at the website.
If you’re looking to save money but this option isn’t quite right for you, you can always look at our other money saving options.