With the student travel product you can travel free or with a discount on public transport to and from your course. Apply for the student travel product through DUO. You apply for your personal card through this site. You link your card and student travel product at studentreisproduct.nl. Once you have picked up your student travel product from a pick-up device you will be ready to travel.
You will be ready to travel on public transport in a few steps:
1. Apply for student travel product through DUO
You apply for the student travel product through DUO.nl (new window).
Are you studying at MBO (senior secondary vocational education) level and are you younger than 18? Then, from 1 January 2017, you might be entitled to the student travel product. You can already make some arrangements now. For more information, please go to www.duo.nl/studentenreisproduct (new window).
2. Apply for a personal OV-chipkaart
If you do not yet have an OV-chipkaart, apply for one through this website. The card costs € 7.50 and you will pay using iDEAL. You will need a digital photograph of yourself. If you already have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can use this to link your student travel product to.
3. Link your card number to your student travel product
Once you have applied for student finance, you need to link your student travel product to your OV-chipkaart number. You will do this at studentenreisproduct.nl (new window). Your student travel product will then be ready at the pick-up devices.
4. Pick up your student travel product from a pick-up device
You then need to collect your student travel product from a device from the 15th of the month before your right to student finance begins. Your travel rights begin from this time. You can find out when this is in My DUO (new window). You can travel with your student travel product from the moment your student finance begins.
You are now ready to travel
After you have taken the steps above, you will be ready to travel on public transport. When you get on, check in. When you get off, check out. N.B.: If you travel outside your free-travel period, make sure you have loaded enough credit on your card (at least € 10). At an NS device you can top up your credit.
Tip: Create a My OV-chip account straight away on this site. And link your card to the account. You can then use all online services such as public transport travel history as well as easily blocking and replacing your card if you have lost it.