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The liberal city is favourite by many Irish students. With just an hour flight away, it’s definitely worth a trip to!

Where To Stay

Amsterdam has a great range of student-friendly accommodation. Here are some great picks that are extremely pocket-friendly.

The Bulldog Hotel lies right beside the city’s red light district. It is the world’s first 5 star hostel. The price for a dorm room bed is 20 euro per person. With an ISIC card, you will be able to get 5% off dormitory rooms.

Hotel Not Hotel is ideal if you love some quirky decor. It’s rooms are almost like a work of art, it’s perfect for students who don’t fancy staying in a typical hostel dorm. If you book for Sunday-Thursday, you get a 10% discount with your ISIC card!

Cultural Stuff


It’s not just a place to party till the AM. Amsterdam has a range of cultural places to for you to discover.

The Rembrant Museum is ideal for art-lovers. You will be able to see the famous artist’s home and workshop, giving you an in-depth experience into the life of the famous artist. With the ISIC card, you get 3 euro off the original price!

Are you interested in the human body and how it works (I’m talking to all you med/biology students)? Bodyworlds is the place for you. This museum exhibits real human bodies, which provides insight into how the body works. It also shows the affect of alcohol and tobacco consumption has on the body, probably not ideal after several nights out in the city! However, you get 40% off with your ISIC card.

Exploring The City

There is no better way to fully explore a city than getting on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus. The routes covers everything, saving you money on taxis! It’s ideal to this perhaps on your first full day to really take in what the city has to offer. With the ISIC card, you get 40% off the original price of a 24 hour ticket.

You can’t visit Amsterdam without going on a boat trip on the canal. Lovers Canal Cruises provide cruises from 13 euro! This includes a free city map and a GPS audio guide too. You get 40% discount with the ISIC card, a great steal!


Fancy some afternoon tea and cakes? Quies Tea is a cozy tearoom in the city center of Amsterdam. It is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed time with a nice cup of tea. With the ISIC card, you get 20% off tea and cake! What else could be better than that?

Cafe/Friterie Par Hasard has the “Best fries of Amsterdam” according the yearly “fries test” performed by a respected local newspaper. Therefore, you must to check it out and try the fries, snacks and other culinary treats at the friterie. Alternatively,  go for the full experience in the restaurant that is attached to the counter. An ISIC cardholder will get 10% discount on the complete food order.

By Aoife Crilly