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Amersfoort is a city in the province of Utrecht, Netherlands. It is the second-largest city of the province and fifteenth-largest of the country. Amersfoort is also one of the largest Dutch railway junctions, due to its location on two of the Netherlands' main east to west and north to south railway lines. In this way Amersfoort city as well as the university is easily connected to other large cities as Utrecht, Amsterdam, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Hague, Rotterdam and Maastricht.

Housing near Somt university in Amersfoort

Somt university of Physiotherapy is located near the railway station Amersfoort Schothorst, one of the three stations within Amersfoort. It is located in a modern neighbourhood with office buildings and houses. In close range to the University, Somt together with its Partner M7 and the local government are planning to build (inter) national student & staff housing, expected to be finished in November- December 2020. Each apartment will consist of a living room and bedroom and bath room.

Living Costs

The costs for the student & staff housing are expected to vary between 400 to 600 euro’s a month. Living costs for food and transportation in the Netherlands will rate among 200-300 a month. Although costs can be diminished to use the most favorite way of transportation in the Netherlands: the bike. With a 10 minutes bike ride you will be at the lovely medieval center of Amersfoort.

History

The city has a very old town centre with city walls, beautiful canals, lots of small restaurants and pubs and a lovely market every Saturday morning. The city grew around what is now known as the central square, the Hof, where the Bishops of Utrecht established a court. It was granted city rights in 1259 by the bishop of Utrecht. A first defensive wall, made out of brick, was finished around 1300. Soon after, the need for enlargement of the city became apparent and around 1380 the construction of a new wall was begun and completed around 1450. The famous Koppelpoort, a combined land and water gate, is part of this second wall. The first wall was demolished and houses were built in its place. Today's Muurhuizen (wall houses) Street is at the exact location of the first wall; the fronts of the houses are built on top of the first city wall's foundations.

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwentoren (Tower of Our Lady) is one of the tallest medieval church towers in the Netherlands at 98 metres (322 ft). When it was built, it was the middle point of The Netherlands, it was exactly built in the center and a reference for the Dutch grid system. The nickname of the tower is Lange Jan (‘Long John’). In front of the Long John, is a lovely market square (one of many) with a lot of restaurants and pubs.

The inner city of Amersfoort has been preserved well since the Middle Ages. Apart from the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren, the Koppelpoort, and the Muurhuizen (Wall-houses), there is also the Sint-Joriskerk (Saint George's church), the canal-system with its bridges, as well as medieval and other old buildings; many are designated as national monuments. During the Middle Ages, Amersfoort was an important center for the textile industry, and there were a large number of breweries.