Practical Information

VISAS

TU Delft writes letters of invitation for participants of the conference so that they can get a visa for the Netherlands when necessary.

However, the university is not responsible for the granting of a visa to you. Visas are granted by Dutch authorities abroad upon careful consideration, the presentation of the necessary documents and payment of a fee. Participants willing to participate in the conference are responsible for arranging their own visas.

If you need a visa, you should apply for a short-stay tourist visa that generally allows you to stay in Europe for 90 days. You do need to apply for a business or academic visa, which is a lengthy and complicated process.

Visas granted by Dutch authorities allow you to travel within the Schengen Area. This is the area in Europe where free movement of people is allowed, so you can travel to other countries in Europe with just one visa. This area does not include the UK, Ireland and some other European countries.

ACCOMMODATION

Participants attending the conference are responsible for finding their own accommodation. We will help you with suggestions of places to stay in Delft.

Here is our recommendation for Hostel in Delft: HOSTEL DELFT*.

TU Delft does not have any special agreements with hotels or hostels in Delft.

ARRIVAL 

The Conference opens on WEDNESDAY 27 March 2019 at 9:00 . (registration is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) and closes on Friday 29 March 2019 at 16:00 p.m. after the end of the excursion (so you can check out of your hostel/hotel on that day if you wish). You must be present for the opening and the closing of the Summer School in order to receive the certificate. Please, only book trains and planes so you can leave Delft after 18:00 p.m.

VENUE

The venue of the conference is the building of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment situated at Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL, Delft, The Netherlands. The venue is easily accessible from Delft city centre and from Delft main train station on foot or by bus.

TRANSPORTATION

Delft is easily accessible from the International Airport of Amsterdam, Schiphol and the smaller airport of Rotterdam by train. Plan your trip at http://9292.nl or http://www.ns.nl (the train company).

These are examples of train fares:

Amsterdam to  Delft € 12,70 (57 minutes)

Delft-Schiphol International Airport €9,60 (40 min.)

Delft-The Hague €2,60 (13 min.)

Delft-Rotterdam €3,20 (13 min.)

Taxis from Schiphol airport to Delft are expensive and you might have to pay between 60 and 100 euros for the ride. Please, Google for more information. Trains will take you to Delft faster and cheaper. The journey can’t be made by bus.

Transportation to the project site and field trips will be provided to you during the Summer School. However, you can find more information about transportation prices in the Netherlands using the website http://9292.nl Remember the Netherlands is a very compact country and public transport is very efficient, but not always very affordable for international students.

We encourage you to buy an “OV CHIP CARD” (a public transport card, similar to London’s Oyster Card) for the duration of your stay. More information can be found HERE

We also encourage you to make use of bicycles during your stay. You can check more information about how to rent a bike HERE.  And HERE.

MEALS

We will provide you with a few meals during the conference.

You can get some information about student meals HERE.

A typical student meal costs around 5 euros. You can also buy food at the several supermarkets in Delft, including an ASIAN Supermarket. Halal food is widely available in several restaurants and shops.  Alternatively, it is also possible to order delivery meals, such as pizzas and Chinese food (to be delivered at the university!)

Vegetarian options are widely available in the Netherlands.  Please, do let us know if you have very strict dietary restrictions and we will look for alternatives for you. Do let us know if you have serious allergies.

USE OF COMPUTERS AND INTERNET 

A Wi-Fi password will be provided to you for use at TU Delft.

USE OF CASH, BANK CARDS and CREDIT CARDS

(Text adapted from Amsterdam Tips)

“The use of credit cards in the Netherlands is not as well established as elsewhere with most payments being made by cash, debit cards or via internet banking. The thrifty Dutch have much less of a consumer debt culture than say US, UK or Australia and many shops in Holland still do not accept credit card payments.  Dutch credit cards use the chip and pin system for making payments in retail outlets – you have to input a pin number rather than just sign a sales slip. Many cards come with a contactless payment option for transactions under €25. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards in the Dutch retail space; American Express tends to be accepted only by major retailers who have an international client base”.

If this is your first time in Europe, you will find out that it is very difficult to move around only using cash. You need a credit card to do transactions via the internet, such as buying plane or train tickets, and also museum tickets.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Everyone in the Netherlands must have insurance for medical expenses, as there is no free public health care.  Having a health insurance while you are studying with us is mandatory. You may be fined by the Dutch authorities if you don’t have a valid health insurance and the costs of medical treatment in case of need may be quite high.

For more information about the kind of health insurance you can contract, please visit THIS WEBSITE.

WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE HERE.

MOBILITY IMPAIRMENT

Our faculty is accessible for people in wheelchairs or people with mobility impairment. In fact, we encourage people with mobility impairment to join us.

However, it is advisable to let us know in advance whether you have mobility impairments, so we can adjust the site visits and other activities to your needs. We are extremely happy to do so.

COMMUNICATION WITH TU DELFT

We are happy to answer your questions and will strive to do so in a timely manner.

THE VENUE 2

The Summer School takes place at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology. Our address is: Julianalaan 134, 2628BL, Delft, The Netherlands.

In order to see what our venue looks like, please watch this movie.

How to reach the venue

From Delft Central train station. The venue is around a 15-17 minute walk. 

You can also take buses:

BUS 40 direction Rotterdam Central. Alight at bus stop “Julianalaan”

BUS 69 direction Technopolis. Alight at bus stop “Julianalaan”

BUS 174 direction Rotterdam Noord. Alight at bus stop “Julianalaan”

Operating Hours

The Faculty of Architecture is open from 8:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. in July.

The Summer School operates from 9:00 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION UPON ARRIVAL

You need to register at the Summer School in the first day of the course from 10:00 to 11:00. If you arrive before 10:00, we won’t be able to help you. Registration happens near “Berlagezaal 1” (Berlage Room 1), on the ground floor, west wing. You need to bring a proof of identity (passport or national identity document).

LANGUAGE

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, a language from the Germanic family, which has similarities with German and English. However, Dutch people are known for their proficiency in English and you should not have any problems communicating in that language. Many signs and announcements are also done in English.

WEATHER

Dutch summers are unpredictable. The average temperature in July is 17° C. The average higher temperature is 21 ° C and the lowest is 13 ° C.  However, with the effects of climate change, higher temperatures up to 30 ° C  have been verified. It can be quite rainy, so you should bring some warm clothes and also clothes for rainy weather. See more about the weather in the Netherlands HERE.

TIME

The Netherlands is located at GMT+1 (one hour later than London).

See the current time in the Netherlands HERE.

ELECTRICITY

In the Netherlands (Holland) the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

You can see whether you need an adaptor HERE.

CURRENCY AND PAYMENTS

The currency in the Netherlands is the EURO. Payments are generally made in cash or using a chip bank card with a MAESTRO logo.

Credit cards are NOT widely accepted. Credit cards are only accepted in hotels and large store chains. For small purchases at the canteen, supermarket and some restaurants and bars, credit cards are not accepted. Please, read more about credit card use in the Netherlands HERE.

Businesses do not accept American dollars, American Express cards or other currencies.

THE COUNTRY

For a glimpse of what the Netherlands looks like beyond Amsterdam, have a look at the movie below.