Breda student city

Downtown Breda is bustling with pubs, pavement cafés,, restaurants, bars and clubs. Become a member of sports union BRESS, visit a concert or watch a film or a play in one of the cinemas or theatres.

A sparkling and historical city in the south of Holland with a cheerful personality? That’s Breda! Let its rich history and numerous present-day activities inspire you. Many students before you did so already. 

Over the years Breda has grown into a city of around 180,000 inhabitants. The city's charming historical centre is easy to find your way around and very pleasant to spend time in. Talk with the 'Bredanaars', let all the impressions move you and discover the true character of the city!


Student City

Concerts, theaters and films

Mezz is the centre of all activities in pop music in Breda. In Mezz you can enjoy concerts and dance nights (about 250 a year) in various styles. Join the music!

In Chassé theater, Pathé Breda or Kinepolis, there is always something interesting to see. For students especially, Chassé has its own ‘cultuurfreak’ programme with great discounts!


Do you like sports? Then sign up with bress. A BRESS sports card offers you choice from more than 50 sports for one year! Check out


Free live performances and films are offered in the Valkenbergpark during the summer holidays every week. Every fall there is the Breda Barst pop music festival.

Belcrum beach, Breda’s city beach, is a perfect place to hang out with your friends. This is also where you can find indoor Skatepark Pier 15. Super cool!

Prison escape

Want to escape from it all? You can join in on a Prison Escape in the former prison of Breda. Next to the prison is the Chasséveld, where the Radio 538 event will be held on King’s Day.

April and May

  • 538 Koningsdag (King’s Day)
  • Spanjaardsgat Festival (cultural festival)
  • Breda Jazz Festival
  • Dancetour Breda

June and July

  • Palm Parkies Breda (live performances)
  • Popfestival Breda Live
  • Internationaal Stiltefestival (dance)

August and September

  • Breda in Concert
  • Tranen van Van Cooth (live performances)
  • Popfestival Breda Barst


  • Singelloop Breda (running event)
  • Redhead Days
  • BredaPhoto (once every two years)

Student associations are part and parcel of university life. BUas has several associations. See which ones and find one to your liking.

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