In the series "Expat Life in Nijmegen", expats talk about their lives in the Netherlands' oldest city. How did they end up here? What do they do in daily life here and what do they think of the city and its surroundings?
"Before I moved here, I didn’t have any expectations of this new place – and I’m glad I didn’t. I fell in love with everything here. I met so many good people in the last year – that definitely makes the experience of living in a new place better."
"Nijmegen is my port, this is where I live, and it’s a marvelous place to live for me. I love the size of Nijmegen, its atmosphere, and the fact that the city is so progressive and has a lot of open-minded people."
"When I first visited Nijmegen before moving here to live with my boyfriend, I wasn’t convinced. But over time, I saw that there are a lot of nice, cozy spots in the city and things to do. I fell in love with the country and the people."
'Gezellig' is the first word I learned in Dutch when I came here. People have been telling me that it has been difficult to translate the exact meaning; however, I do believe that living in Nijmegen has made me experience the feeling of Gezellig.
Before coming here, I had talked to many of my colleagues, and everybody spoke very highly of the city. But I still expected Nijmegen to be smaller and less vibrant – but, to my surprise, it’s been a really good nearly three years so far.
I am originally from Rome, Italy. The first time I came to Nijmegen was six years ago as an Erasmus student. I chose Nijmegen because I wanted to experience a different environment and live away from my hometown for the first time.
Nijmegen has a lot to offer in terms of studying, working and business. The oldest city in The Netherlands is also one of the largest student cities in the country. The city presents itself as a leading global player in solving social issues and problems. With its significant position in the Health & High Tech sector, Nijmegen belongs to the international top when it comes to improving the quality of life, healthcare and the development of high-quality technology for various social applications.