Utrecht has an excellent transport system, with buses and trams serving all parts of the city. From the main station and city centre, the HU campus at De Uithof is a 15-minute journey by bus 12, 28 or 128.
A journey planner can be found here.
If you plan to travel regularly by public transport, buy an “OV-chipkaart”. This is a stored-value smartcard: you load credit onto it in advance and swipe it over a reader every time you get on or off a bus, tram or train. That works out quite a lot cheaper than buying single-journey tickets. You can also invest in a monthly season ticket, which is cheaper still if you commute on a daily basis. There are various types of “OV-chipkaart”: see the website for full details.
Dutch students receive special passes for free weekday or weekend travel, sometimes EU students are also eligible for these. Check the criteria here.
Alternatively, cycling is easy, cheap – and typically Dutch. It takes only 15 minutes to ride from central Utrecht to De Uithof. Special bike paths and traffic lights make this a safe and convenient mode of transport. You can buy good, reasonably priced second-hand bikes at a number of shops around the city. To keep off thieves, strong locks are essential – always use at least two.
Utrecht is also the central hub of the Dutch rail network, with frequent direct trains to most parts of the country. Amsterdam is less than 30 minutes away, for instance, with Rotterdam and The Hague within 45 minutes. There are good links to Belgium, France and Germany, too. To see more of the Netherlands for less, consider one of the discount railcards available from Dutch Railways (NS). For example, the “Dal Voordeel” card (€50 a year) gives you a 40 per cent discount on off-peak and weekend journeys. Visit the NS website for train timetables and railcard information.
Thinking of bringing a car to Utrecht? Think again! The roads are congested and parking is very expensive and can be difficult to find. By comparison, public transport is cheap and convenient.