Living in The Hague
The Hague is an ideal student city. It offers plenty educational services, a lively night-life, several beaches only a tram- or bike-ride away, many international organisations, tribunals, and corporations, and is the home of roughly 28.000 students.
The Hague is home to a number of higher education institutes. The 25,000 students of these institutes make up a lively student community. For students, living in The Hague means enjoying cultural events, concerts, art exhibits, a night out at the theatre, shopping in the city centre, or a bracing walk at the seaside. The city is a melting pot of many cultures and this is reflected in the great variety of exotic restaurants. For a drink, you can go to one of many nice cafés and bars and colourful terraces. The Hague has a varied nightlife, which follows the latest trends and changes constantly. Chill out in one of the lounges or groove to the music at one of the many clubs.
The ACKU Culture bureau is an institution that organises cultural activities for all students in Higher Education in The Hague. This includes for example courses in photography or capoeira, pub-crawls, concerts, but also the ‘Sneak & Snack’ evenings where international students first eat together and then go to a cultural activity before ending the night in one of the nightclubs. All this for a student friendly fee! ACKU also organizes the introduction festival Oh Oh INTRO at the Lange Voorhout to welcome all new students of The Hague.
The Hague has approximately thirty museums, some of which are internationally renowned. Museums like the Municipal Museum The Hague (with its excellent collection of Mondrians), Museum Beelden aan Zee, Panorama Mesdag, the Mauritshuis, Escher Museum, the Fotomuseum (Museum of Photography) and the GEM (Museum of Contemporary Art) add cultural spice to the city.
The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali first used the words ‘legal capital of the world’ to describe the unique position of The Hague. The Hague's current role as host to international organisations and the international community is part of a tradition dating back more than 750 years. Currently, The Hague houses no less than 131 international institutes and agencies, which employ a workforce of 14,000 people, all committed to working towards a safe and just world. Decisions made in The Hague affect the entire world and all of humanity. The Peace Palace has grown into an icon of international justice.
The Hague’s international orientation makes it an attractive location for all manner of businesses and other organisations. The Hague currently hosts not only many organisations dedicated to Peace & Justice, but also to more than 300 international businesses. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have moved to The Hague, to live and work in a uniquely international entourage. Together they form an international community that impacts strongly on the local economy and regional job market.
The Hague is a city that provides a unique sense of space, due to its numerous large parks. The Hague borders on Europe’s largest area of natural diversity: the North Sea. Its beaches are wide and impressive. The beautiful dunes around The Hague provide wonderful hiking opportunities.
So how about taking a walk along the beach? Followed by a nice meal in one of the restaurants on the boulevard or at the beach. Or, if you feel like doing something a bit more active, a bracing walk or cycle tour in the dunes. Scheveningen and Kijkduin are the perfect places to go!