Students at Van Hall Larenstein are exceptionally active and likely to live away from home. In this they are more like students at the older universities than those at many other applied sciences universities. This picture has emerged from Resource's national survey, which was intended to measure study stress levels (see p.12) but also throws up other information about the student population of the Netherlands.
The simplest explanation for this difference is the kind of degree courses on offer at VHL. Because many of its programmes are unique, it attracts Dutch students who live further away and are therefore more likely to move away from home. There are also a relatively large number of foreign students. The ‘broadest' applied sciences institutions tend to attract more students from close by.
Thanks to all the students living nearby, student life at VHL is very lively. Student societies of almost all types have many members, and they spend a lot of time on their society, compared to other similar institutions. For example, as many as 17 percent of the students belong to a social club, compared with the national average of 32 percent.
It also seems that VHL's programmes are not among the easiest: VHL students spend more time on their studies and have fewer jobs on the side, and yet more of them need an extension to finish their degrees. The other participating Universities of Applied Sciences were Rotterdam, Saxion in Deventer, and Utrecht. A total of 1,528 Applied Sciences students filled in the questionnaire.