Make it in Emmen

Welcome to Emmen!

Emmen is one of the safest and greenest regions in the Netherlands, loved by our residents and enjoyed by students. There’s a massive amount to do in Emmen for students, besides studying! You could spend the day at the WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo, go shopping, or see a movie.

If you’re wondering what to do in Emmen, scroll down for a short overview. If you need any specific information that you can’t find on this page, let us know at We will be in touch.

Video's: coffee break with NHL Stenden students

If you’re curious about how students live and study at NHL Stenden, have a look at the videos from EduardMarijeStine & Olesja and Tasha.

News for internationals in Drenthe, Groningen & Friesland

Take a look at The Northern Times!

Why I am so happy to be from Emmen!

Why I am so happy to be from Emmen!

Spending time in Emmen

The Uitagenda has a full calendar of all the events that are held in Emmen. All of the biggest artists in the Netherlands have and do play at the ATLAS Theater on the Raadhuisplein. If you want to catch a movie, you can go to the Kinepolis, too.

How about joining a sport club? Or just going to the gym? See this link for more information about all the athletic and sports facilities. You can also get the HBO Sportpas (see here) for just € 90,- per year; it gives you access to a whole range of activities, as well as discounts and events for members.

Emmen has great night life with loads of places to go out, have a drink, and dance until the early hours. The centre of Emmen is where the party is, with venues such as Lïmbo ClubCafé De ZwetserGrand Café KarakterEetcafé Groothuis or De Brasserie.

For arts and culture, the Rensenpark area has you covered. If you’d like to discover more about the Rensenpark, take a look at Tourist Info Emmen for more information about the area and Emmen’s histories.

Looking for a room in Emmen

Are you looking for a room in one of the villages or districts of Emmen? Then you could take a look at the following websites:





Students' Garage Sale


Estate agents

Study and student associations

  • BENG is the study association for anyone at the School of Business at NHL Stenden. You can become a member for just € 1,- per year!
  • Dionysus is the student association for those in Emmen. Our goal is to make sure students have the most fun!

Help alongside your studies
Jimmy’s is a vibrant youth organisation, where you can go both in person and online with all of your questions and queries. The coaches from 2GetThere are also at your service free of charge, if you need them.