Students sitting together

Wanting to learn more about other people, their values, beliefs and cultures is one of the reasons students choose a UWC education. This will for sure be the case if you become a residential student at our school. Together with around 200 other DP and CP students, you’ll be joining a vibrant and dynamic global community, with young people from deliberately diverse national, cultural, political, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and staff from around the world.

Unlike our day students, by the of the afternoon you don’t return to your family living in the Maastricht area, but you’ll go to your floor or room, where the UWC experience continues. Living, working, laughing and learning together is part of our philosophy to bring together young people to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. Life on our campus is vibrant and you will need to develop time management skills in order to balance your various activities and responsibilities. At UWC Maastricht you will gain autonomy and independence in a manner that prepares you well for post-college life!


Residential Life

At UWC Maastricht, there are three residential buildings, on which we have five mixed-gender and four single-gender floors. On each floor, students share a common room, a study room and a small kitchen with approximately 20 other students. Each room accommodates four students (each of a different nationality). Living in their own apartment is a residential mentor who promotes the overall well-being and safety of the students on the floor. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in mensa (school canteen), which also serves as a social gathering, community event and study space. 

While every day is different, a typical schoolday consists of going to classes, study time, cocurricular and extracurricular activities at or outside of school and meeting your fellow residential students on your floor or in the mensa. On weekends, there are all kind of activities like hikes, cultural nights or working in the school garden. As a residential student you will be able to freely leave campus, but have to be back before a curfew.

When the campus is closed (winter and summer break) we encourage you to return home, travel and explore Europe, or organise projects. Upon request we can provide a Home Stay Family in case you are unable to leave due to financial, political and/or personal circumstances.


Residential Philosophy

The UWC Maastricht residential community is a healthy, connected, engaged and safe place where all members of the community abide by the UWC Code of Conduct, UWC values and the laws of The Netherlands, both in action and spirit. The residence is a learning environment, where you will be supported and challenged on your journey to becoming your best self. Residential life is mission and value-oriented. All members of the community are expected to:

  • fully and actively contribute to the community, even when it may be a personal challenge
  • take responsibility for their actions and act with integrity
  • try to understand one another’s cultural beliefs and norms, celebrating our diverse ways of thinking and acting, and recognising their value in making us a stronger community
  • empathise with and actively care about every member of our community
  • respect one another and try and live together with mutual responsibility, putting the community’s needs before our own
  • respect the space they live in, living conscientiously and sustainably to preserve it for future community members
  • aspire to live the values of the UWC mission – a community of different people, nations and cultures striving for peace and a sustainable future


More info

Watch this video, made by residential students, to get a taste of what life on our campus is like!

Student on stairs