Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands. The city, which had a population (including suburbs) of 1.36 million on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million.

Its name is derived from Amstellerdam, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city.  Most large businesses are located outside the city centre meaning that central Amsterdam still retains its old world charm.

Amsterdam's main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3.66 million international visitors annually, as of 2009.

Amsterdam is one of the most attractive short break destinations for British tourists meaning that it is one of the easiest cities to reach from the United Kingdom.  Living and studying in Amsterdam will give you the chance to appreciate this fantastic city from a completely different perspective.

Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world with good facilities for cyclists including bike lanes and plentiful bike racks. In 2006, there were about 465,000 bicycles in Amsterdam but because of relatively high levels of bike theft, most locals and students ride second hand, beaten up bikes.  About 38% of all journeys within the city limits are made by bicycle; about 35% of journeys are made by public transport, mostly by bus and tram. The city is relatively compact and is much easier to navigate than many British cities of a similar size.

Universities in Amsterdam

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