Student registration

Registration for Students

All students that will be staying in The Hague region for 4 months or longer will need to complete municipal (BRP) registration. This is a very important step if you are going to live in the Netherlands: if you do not register with the municipality, you will not receive a citizen service number (BSN)A BSN is a requirement for opening a bank account in the Netherlands, as well as getting a Dutch mobile phone number, accessing housing benefits; and much more.

Luckily, the municipality of The Hague holds several student registration days around the start of the academic year, and for the February master's intake. These are organised together with the universities in the city:

Staying here for less than 90 days?

If you will be staying for less than 4 months, there is a special procedure for your registration: the ‘registration as a non-inhabitant’ (RNI). Read more on our section on the registration procedure for a short stay.

Residence permits

All students that do not have an EU nationality will need to arrange a residence permit before starting their studies in the Netherlands. In some cases, you will only be able to travel to the Netherlands once your permit has been approved. Your new university will act as the ‘sponsor’ for your permit, and there are also dedicated days for students to pick up their new permit cards.

I have missed a student registration day

You can register with the municipality at any time, and outside of an official registration day. For more information, just head to our page on municipal registration (longer than for 4 months).


To register with the municipality of Delft, you must visit the Delft Registration Office (the municipality) in person within 5 days of arrival. Read more about registration at the Municipality of Delft at the municipality's website.