Living in Delft

Delft is a small and historic city nestled between Rotterdam and The Hague, and is home to over 100,00 residents. Its canal-lined streets and cultural landmarks make it a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The city is also home to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a world-renowned institution for science and technology. The city’s beauty and mix of attractions make it both a vibrant student city, and a residential choice for families or young professionals.

Everyday Life 

Despite its small size, Delft’s historical connections make it a globally renowned city. Tourists from within the Netherlands, and abroad, travel to Delft. It’s famous for the revered Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and for William of Orange, who was buried here as the first of a long line of Dutch royals. Not to forget the famous Delft Blue pottery and Delft tiles! In fact, the city sees over one million tourists per year. Its streets, filled with an abundance of shops, bars, restaurants, and museums, creates a lively yet relaxed atmosphere that attracts young students as well as families with children. And for those searching for an active lifestyle, Delft has numerous leisure activities and facilities to explore. From bouldering, golfing, and swimming to outdoor and water activities in the nearby forest area, Delftse Hout (Delft Woods), there is no shortage of pursuits to try.  

Working and Education

With over 70 high-tech and scientific institutions surrounding the university (TU Delft), the city is a great option for those working in these sectors. This includes TU Delft Science Park, an area that hosts a number of innovative start-ups. Other major international companies that call the city home include the UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, IKEA, DSM, Samsung, and Brightsight.

For education, TU Delft is a globally-renowned university that attracts researchers and students from across the world. For school-age children, there is the International School Delft (ISD) which is situated on-campus and offers both primary and secondary education.


If you find yourself sick or injured, there are several local medical care options on offer, including doctors, dentists, and more specialised care. If you require a hospital, the city’s medical centre, Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, can be easily reached by car, bike, or public transport. 

Transport Links

Situated between the major neighbouring cities of Rotterdam and The Hague, Delft is exceptionally well-connected to its surroundings and to the rest of the Netherlands. Public transport options include trams, buses, and trains which connects the city and region. Delft Station, the city’s main transport hub, can be found in the city centre. If you’re travelling by car, the A4 and A13 motorways that border the city can be easily accessed.

Local Contact

City Hall: Stationsplein 1, 2611 BV Delft

If you’re planning to relocate to Delft, find out what considerations you need to make in terms of renting a property or buying a home. And learn more about The Hague’s neighbouring areas.