The Blessing of Facebook Groups. First Steps for a new Student in Delft.

Once arrived in Delft, buying a bike should definitely be every new student’s first step. With a bike, shopping for groceries becomes a walk in the park (more like a bike ride hehe) and I don’t know about you guys, but I enjoy eating from time to time.

If you want to buy a brand new one, there are many shops in the city center and a Decathlon in The Hague which is easily reachable by tram. For many of us however, being on a student budget, a second-hand bike will be the best option. There is a huge market for bikes in Delft as anywhere in The Netherlands, and the best place to catch good deals is on Facebook, mainly two sites.

The default menu on Facebook is a good place to buy general second-hand items. But your best option will without a doubt be this group.

*Student* Bike Sale in Delft

The University has a big amount of students finishing their studies every so often, so a lot of people are constantly buying and selling bikes, usually you message the buyer, meet up with them somewhere in Delft, go for a test run and decide to buy it or not! I would recommend buying a bike already with a bike bag as such

They’re extremely useful for carrying things around, which you will be doing a lot of on your first days in Delft! (and then all the groceries afterwards). Usually for 90€ you’ll get a nice Dutch bike.

Once you’ve gotten yourself a nice sturdy bike, getting the most basic cooking utensils will be the next challenge. This is specially urgent if your house, like mine was, is completely empty upon your arrival but fear not, as again Facebook is there to help us save some euros. Even though there’s a very nice Ikea within walking distance from campus in Delft (I went with a friend on my very first day here, they have a restaurant in which you can get lunch if you don’t feel like cooking on your first day) you can buy the majority of household items such as pans, pots, plates, glasses and cutlery on another group, this time the group’s name is

*Student* sale in Delft !

(As you can probably already tell we like to keep it simple with the group names haha) The same as with bikes, the big influx of students moving out and into Delft makes this group a great place to find deals.

There are also many other groups which will be of your interest, specially the Student Housing which will help you If you decided not to rent through DUWO, and the general TU Delft Admits in which you can ask questions/share thoughts/ make friends beforehand with the rest of the students that will be enrolling with you!

Delft, here I come!

Even though I’ve already spent two months here, I still remember my first day as if it was yesterday! Even though the day I had to catch my flight, we had around 40ºC in Madrid, I went to the airport wearing long pants and a jacket (unthinkable in Madrid in the summer) because I already knew what I was getting myself into. For my first flight ever to the Netherlands, I chose a Ryanair flight that landed in Eindhoven. Normally to fly to Delft you have two or three options, you can fly to Amsterdam’s Airport, Schiphol which is the biggest airport in the Netherlands and is around 1h away by train, you can fly to Eindhoven, which is 2h and 20min away by train, or if you’re extremely lucky you can fly to Rotterdam’s Airport which is just 20 min away by bus. In my case I chose Eindhoven, because flights on the summer are pretty expensive most of the time and Ryanair is by far the cheapest option if you’re flying from Madrid. So after my 2h flight, there I was, in Eindhoven’s Airport with 3 huge bags and a lot of dreams waiting to become true.

The first thing you have to do when you get to Delft, is make it to the Welcome Desk in the Aula. For me it was quite a challenge, as it took me around 3 hours to get from Eindhoven to Delft, as that day maintenance works were happening on the rails, and I made it to Delft station at 20:00. I knew the Welcome Desk closed at around 21:00 so I practically took the first bus I saw leave the station!

Thankfully I made it on time and got handed the keys to my new house and a bunch of welcoming gifts, including some that really saved my dinner that day. Two coaches in charge of the Introductory Program that was about to happen in the two following weeks, helped me find my house (which was extremely close to the Aula) and helped get my bags upstairs. After one super exhausting days of catching cars, buses, trains and planes I had finally made to my new home. After unpacking my bags and making my bed for the first time (If you rent your house with DUWO, some things will be waiting for you when you arrive, like a bed with sheets, a table, chairs and a couple closets) I realized that my new kitchen was completely empty and even though I had gotten some instant noodles from the people at the Aula I had nothing to cook them with! At this realization, I decided that I was more exhausted than hungry, so I decided to call it a day and go to bed with an empty stomach.

The next day I woke up super early (around 6:00 which I never do) and went right away to the supermarket, but that’s enough of a story for the next post. See you there!!