Upon arriving, if you plan to travel throughout Holland make sure you get yourself a discount card for the train, it costs 49 euros, but it pays for itself after only a few trips to Amsterdam, etc. you save 40% on all your rail travel.
Also, see about getting yourself a bike as soon as possible, since the majority of people ride bikes. But if you don't live that close to the school, or you don't want to get wet when it rains, get yourself a bus pass. This allows you to take any bus a certain amount of "zones" any day of the week.
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