- About the Campus
SAE Institute Netherlands is situated in the vibrant Amsterdam-North district; the creative area of Amsterdam and one of the fastest growing districts of the city.
Close to Central Station (just a quick ferry over the IJ river), easily accessible by public transport and ring roads, the north area has seen many new media companies opening or relocating their business here. The campus is purpose built and contains high quality and industry standard recording studios and workspaces for students in the field of Creative Media. The school environment is a snapshot of the city; International, creative, open-minded and liberal.
With a dedicated team of young professionals, who are passionate about their job and creative discipline, we offer a fun education environment resulting in strong qualifications and most importantly well-trained and skilled creative graduates.
- The experience of studying in Amsterdam, an inspiring environment for creative people
- Many extracurricular opportunities for students
- An experienced international team of lecturers
- Put theory into practice using our industry standard gear
- Easy accessible from Central Station
- 4 professional audio studios
- Multiple media workstations for each department
- Separate study area
- Fully equipped media classrooms
- Student meeting place
- Large format analog mixing consoles
- Avid ICON surround studio
- Powerful computer workstations for film and game development
- The latest software for web and graphic design
- Steadicam and Redcam equipment for the film department
- About the Area
Amsterdam is a metropolitan city, attracting some of the world’s most forward-thinking specialists in advertising, fashion, design, and culture. In turn, these innovators have turned the city into a breeding ground for creativity.
The city’s ancient architecture now plays home to some of the biggest global brands and new web design agencies, and gaming studios are cropping up in and around the center, transforming once old industrial works into hip studios full of creatives ready to make their mark on their respective industry.
People work hard to perfect their work in time for their deadlines, and their hard-working ethos when inside their offices is juxtaposed by the laid-back, relaxing vibe of the city streets when the work is done and handed in. Residents pedal around on bikes, dine alfresco at a canal-side cafe or party the night away at one of the city’s many bars and clubs.
Amsterdam is a city of historical beauty, boasting a modern outlook and a forward-thinking future. Established and expanding brands are continuously choosing to dwell there, creating numerous opportunities for skillful, hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals.
- EYE film museum
- ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event
- Historic city center
- IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
- Legendary canals
- Amsterdam North: the creative industry hub
- Annual IBC, International Broadcasting Convention
Good to Know!
Amsterdam is on Central European Time (CET), which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), plus 1 hour. Check out the actual time in Amsterdam.
Climate in Amsterdam
The warmest months are from June to August, with temperatures between 20 – 27 degrees Celsius. There are rarely extreme temperatures in Amsterdam. The air is relatively humid and fog is common in autumn and spring. The weather in Amsterdam is fairly mild during wintertime. However, temperatures can drop below freezing. The chance of extreme cold is sporadic. On some days there may be snowfall.
More information about the Climate in Amsterdam and weather forecast.
Telephone Country code: +31
Telephone Area code: 020
Emergency number: 112 (for first aid, police, fire department)
Electricity & Power Outlets
As in most of Europe, the Netherlands uses 230 (220-240) volts AC (50 cycles), compared to 110-120 volts AC (60 cycles) in the United States and Canada. Upward converters that change 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts are difficult to find in Holland, so bring one with you.
Tap water in Amsterdam
Tap water is safe to drink. The Netherlands (and especially Amsterdam which has the best water in the country) has the safest en cleanest tap water in Europe.
The European euro (€) is the currency in Amsterdam and in the rest of the Netherlands. There are 100 euro cents to each euro. The euro coins are 1, 2 and 5 cents, 10, 20 and 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro coins. The euro notes are 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€, 200€, and 500€.
The Netherlands does not produce its own 1 and 2 euro cent coins anymore and prices in the country are rounded to the nearest 5 cents. The 200€ and 500€ notes are pretty much unusable because few businesses accept them. Generally, 50 Euro bills remain the most convenient denominations.
There are plenty of ATM’s throughout Amsterdam where you can get the Euro. It distributes 50 and 20 euro notes. To get money from an ATM it is mostly the best practice to use your debit card for it. Most banks charge less for foreign money transfers from a debit card then a credit card, but if you have to pay (like in a restaurant) you are mostly much better of when you pay with your credit card.
There’s a Value-Added Tax (BTW) in The Netherlands of 6% on hotel and restaurant bills (21% on beer, wine, and liquor), and 6% or 21% (depending on the product) on purchases. This tax is always included in the price.
The Dutch law requires that all taxes and service charges be included in the published prices of hotels, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, salons, and sightseeing companies. The VVV tourist office’s advice on tipping is: “Tips for extra service are always appreciated but not necessary.”
Regular shopping hours in Amsterdam are:
Monday from 10 or 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday stores are open from noon to 5 pm
National emergency number is 112
Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the campus together with storage space allocation for students.
Dental services within walking distance.
Amsterdam North Hospital (Boven 't IJ Ziekenhuis) within 10 minutes from the campus.
Metro line 52 to the stop "Noorderpark". From there it's a 5 min. walk to the campus.
There is a bus station only a 5-minute walk from the campus. Bus 32 and 33 go directly to Amsterdam Central Station.
There are three ferries going to Amsterdam North, which are all free of charge, for pedestrians, bikes, and scooters.
- Buiksloterweg ferry (from behind Central Station West exit). This is the only ferry to run day and night
- IJplein ferry (from behind Central Station East exit, heading east)
- East ferry (from the Java/KNSM island to Johan van Hasseltweg)
The best way to experience and move through Amsterdam is by bike:
- Bicycle parking available
- From Central station with the ferries mentioned above
TCA Taxi Company - +31 (0)20 7777777
SAE Institute does not provide its own accommodation, however, there are various options available to you;
- Shared housing student culture in the city center provides multiple accommodation options
- The Student Hotel locations in Amsterdam
- Many hostels in the city center for temporary housing
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