The campus of the University of Twente is an international hot spot: a meeting place for students, for scientists with a multidisciplinary focus and for companies and governments in their quest for knowledge. The campus buildings are located on an impressive estate, in the municipality of Enschede.

The campus is also a venue for events like ‘Create Tomorrow’, the world’s largest student think tank, CuriousU, a festival-style summer school where bachelor’s students can attend high tech courses and experience, and the end-point of the ‘Batavierenrace’, the biggest student relay race in the world, covering a distance of 185 km from Radboud University Nijmegen and ending at the University of Twente, where it culminates in the largest student party of Europe. The campus is within cycling distance of the bustling centre of Enschede.

Campus in numbers

Area in hectares
360 acres
146
Student Apartments on campus
2,125
Staff Housing
60
Cultural Associations
19
Sports Associations
38

Sustainability

The University of Twente has ambitious targets for reducing her energy use. In the last few years, significant steps have been made in order to contribute to a more sustainable world. For example, last year, solar panels have been installed for heating up the swimming pool and its showers.

Energy use on campus

CO2 Footprint

Electricity11,606
Business Travel4,368
District Heating1,269
Gas combustion859
Fuel combustion UT vehicles177
Waste119
Water108
Paper & Cardboard94
Total CO2 footprint [Ton CO2-eq]18,600


Living Smart Campus

The Campus of the University of Twente is an innovative place where prototypes can be tested. In this way, scientists can test, demonstrate and realize their innovations on the Campus as a big in- and outdoor testing area. What UT researchers and spin-offs can achieve becomes visible. These kind of experiments give us the ability to anticipate on future developments. That’s how we create our Smart Campus, a place where the future is palpable. One example of this is the development of a smart grid to monitor and regulate the supply of energy. In this way we are not only improving our campus, but we are also assisting our research efforts. 

KITE ROBOTICS – ROBOTIC WINDOW CLEANER


UT spin-off KITE Robotics celebrated its very first public demonstration of its robotic cleaner in November 2015. The developers, Stefan Spanjer and his team, claim that the robot is five times faster and much more economical than a manual window cleaner. It also cleans frames, and the soap-free water means no more ugly smears on the glass. Spanjer: ‘The robot is ideal for large buildings with high risks for traditional window-cleaning, so it offers a perfect solution for building managers and cleaning companies.’

Campus life

The scenery is diverse: meadows, water, landscaped gardens and extensive areas of woodland. Scattered around the campus are state-of-the-art research and educational facilities. But the campus is also a place to live, play sports and relax. In summer, the campus is a popular spot for walks and other forms of leisure. It offers a wide range of facilities, such as student and staff housing, sports rooms and grounds, swimming pools, shops, meditation and prayer facilities, medical care, bars, restaurants and even an open-air theatre.


CURIOUS U

Are you looking for an awesome way to spend your summer? Check out CuriousU and get inspired. The CuriousU experience is a one-of-a-kind combination of an international summer school and a festival: academic courses, music, sports, theatre, inspirational speakers. We’ve got it all. The first edition of CuriousU in 2015 was a huge success with participants from 25 countries! Find out more about CuriousU.

Batavierenrace

The UT campus forms the end-point of the ‘Batavierenrace’, the biggest student relay race in the world, covering a distance of 185 km from Radboud University Nijmegen and ending at the University of Twente, where it culminates in the largest student party of Europe.