The city

The Hague is a seaside city with a rich cultural heritage and international appeal. It’s home to the Dutch royal family and the country’s government, to leading institutions such as the International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Court of Justice, as well as 30,000 students, making the third largest city in the Netherlands an important one for both local and international students.

The unique combination of city and beach makes The Hague a pleasant place to live, in addition to its rich diversity in shops, cafes and restaurants, and nightlife.


Transportation to and from The Hague couldn’t be easier with the Central Station just a few minutes walk from the academy building. Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam Airport and the city of Amsterdam are all within 30 to 40 minutes train rides. The city’s bus and tram systems are just as easy to navigate, and cycling is the preferred mode of transport.

Arts & Culture

As the KABK, we celebrate and continue to contribute to The Hague’s rich cultural and artistic heritage.
Discover the city’s many

  • museums: Kunstmuseum Den Haag, KM21 & Fotomuseum Den Haag, Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag, Escher in the Palace, Museum Voorlinden,
  • theatres: Filmhuis Den Haag, Theater a/h Spui, Paard van Troje, Korzo Theater, Zuiderstrandtheater, Theater Dakota,
  • artist initiatives, project spaces and art platforms: 1646, Billytown, Het Nutshuis, Nest and
  • annual festivals: Crossing Border, TodaysArt, Rewire Festival.

Estimated living costs

Find here an overview of expenses you can expect when moving to The Hague besides the tuition fees for the study programme of your interest.

Expenses next to tuition fees

  • Study trips (not mandatory, but highly recommended): about €400 per year
  • Dutch residence permit application: €228 (update April 2024)
  • Museum card: €75
  • Plane tickets home (these can get really expensive during the holidays
  • Monthly expenses (see an estimated overview below)

Average monthly overview of expenses

This is an average monthly overview of expenses according to students studying in our first year (2022-2023):

Working besides your studies for non-EU students is only allowed a limited amount of hours a week.
Please take into account that your study will take up about 40 hours a week.

Useful links about:

Information about the City The Hague in English:

Information for students in the City of The Hague in English:

Information about the local public transport company:

All addresses of Embassies in The Hague:

Information about studying in The Netherlands:

An independent, non-profit, volunteer foundation which assists English speaking individuals with all sorts of practical matters concerning daily life in the Netherlands (active since 1986):

Information about the national railway company: