Maastricht is part of the attractive province of Limburg, the most southern province of the Netherlands. Bustling and dynamic towns such as Aachen, Liège, Hasselt, and Tongeren are close by, humming with cultural activity and great places for shopping or entertainment. If you prefer outdoor activities and nature, it is only a short drive to the hills of the Ardennes and the Eifel. If you like sports, you have several opportunities. You can become a member of UM Sports, which offers more than 50 different sports. If you want to plan your own time, the gym is the place to be and if you want to play in a team the sports associations are welcoming new members. There are of course also many sports associations, health clubs, yoga, and pilates studios in Maastricht that you can join or where you can take classes. Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home. There are a number of general student organizations. Some study programs have their own dedicated associations.