Local Resources – Expat Information
We are an international church serving students and other international Expats living in Maastricht and elsewhere in South Limburg. We have all experienced what it is like to move to a new place and start a new life, develop new friends, and build a new community. We hope this set of links will help ease that process for you. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need advice about life in Maastricht. It is a wonderful city to live in! Note that this list is a work in progress and continually updated.
The local office of the Holland Expat Center South (located in the Centre Ceramique Library building) has an English-language desk that can help you with local registration and many other questions to get you started on the right track.
These sites give general information about living in The Netherlands:
ACCESS Serving the International Community
University Student Services
The Maastricht University Student Services Center would be a good place for students to begin their information search.
Jules is also an excellent source of information and help in the areas of housing, jobs, and language courses. Jules also provides advice on issues such as health care and transportation.
The United World College Maastricht is often the first schooling choice for families moving temporarily to Maastricht.
English-language education can also be had at the AFNORTH International School.
If you’d like to try the Dutch education system, any primary school in Maastricht should welcome your interest. Families are free to call any school and schedule a visit with the Director. Primary school in the Netherlands begins full-time from age 4. Many international families have chosen to send their children to The Suringar School, one of the two Protestant primary schools in Maastricht. This school features small classes and extra support for children for whom Dutch is not a first language. The teachers are accustomed to working with families who are not from The Netherlands.
The Maastricht International Playgroup is a great place for families with young children to get to know others in the area. MIP meets Wednesday mornings from 9:00 – 12:00 and is best for children under the age of 4.
The Maastricht Tourist office provides lots of resources on what to see and do in and around Maastricht. The website is available in English.
The VVV Zuid-Limburg, which is based in Valkenburg, is also a great source of information about things to do in the area. This site is also available in English.
The International Women’s Club of South Limburg is a great place to meet women in the area.
News in English or your home language
The Maastricht public library (Centre Ceramique) offers Press Display for its members. This service offers access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world. All you need is a library card/membership! You can even download an app on your iPad or iPhone that will allow you to download the paper to read offline.