I, a non-eu student, going to study in the Netherlands the next year. I want to live with my Dutch boyfriend with whom we are going to register partnership in several months.

I would like to move in, but his place is far away from my university, so it's quite expensive with a usual ov-chipkaart. At the same time, in the Netherlands there is a special ov-chipcaart for students which offers a good discount.

Can I, as a partner of eu citizen, apply for it? We were looking for this information with my boyfriend, but couldn't find a clear explanation.

Looking forward to your advice.

  • IIANM, the OV-chipkaart itself is just a personal card. The question is whether you can get a periodic student discount of some kind associated with your card, not some special separate card.
    – einpoklum
    Aug 16, 2016 at 20:54

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The organisation which handles this is DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs), they arrange the student grants. The help for travelling is called the travel product (reisproduct), and to be able to get this you have to:

  1. First apply for student finance.
  2. Buy a personal OV-chipkaart.
  3. Register your OV-chipkaart number.
  4. Load the student travel product onto your OV-chipkaart.

To apply for finance you have to meet the nationality requirements:

If you are not a national of an EU/EEA-country or Switzerland, you can still qualify for student finance if you have a residence permit type II, III or IV. Check the nationality chart below if you have another type of permit.

You can check if you are entitled here.

  • 2
    TL;DR: If you aren't eligible for student finance you aren't eligible for the card. This is the right answer.
    – Mast
    Feb 17, 2016 at 13:31

Anna, the first search giving me next links:

Based on It I assume you're eligible to have student ov-card.

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