Tilburg University Cobbenhagen building

Cobbenhagen building (C building)

Visiting address

Postal address

Warandelaan 2

PO Box 90153

5037 AB Tilburg



The Netherlands

Opening hours

Monday till Friday opened from 08:00 - 22:30 hrs. Closed in the weekends.

Cobbenhagen building’s main entrance, the Queen's entrance (Koninginne-ingang), can be reached via the footpath from the direction of the Hogeschoollaan. In addition, you can use the entrance to the Small Foyer, which can be reached via the Warande parking lot.

* For people with disabilities, Cobbenhagen can only be reached from Koopmans by the glass corridor. Security will open it for them. You can call security when you are at the entrance to the glass corridor. Telephone number: +31 (0)13 - 466 3000.

The Cobbenhagen building houses:


The main building, grandly monumental by Dutch standards, has always exuded an aura of modesty. Originally a country house surrounded by woods, the university complex became visible much later, when the high-rise extension was added. The building reflects a long walk through a varied range of experiences. Monastery-like hallways, exceptional patios and light that enters in various ways, are characteristic for the building. The most unique aspect of the design by architect Jos Bedaux is that all the main rooms (auditorium, lecture rooms) have been built away from the façade. Patios and rooms are neatly arranged within the confines of the building, and all the space around them flows into one without partitioning for corridors or foyer.


Sustainability was an important aspect of the renovation process in 2012. Huge advances have been made on energy saving in particular. Daylight regulation, water-saving toilet systems, double glazing on courtyard windows, presence detection, and LED lighting have a big effect. Sedum plants now cover the roof. This provides better insulation in summer and winter, better discharge of rainwater and contributes to natural diversity by enlarging the living environment for animals and plants.

Rector Magnificus Dr. M.J.H. Cobbenhagen

The Cobbenhagen Building was named after one of the founders of the Roomsch Katholieke Handelshoogeschool (the predecessor of Tilburg University), priest and scientist Martinus Cobbenhagen. Cobbenhagen was Professor of General Theory and History of Economics from 1929 to 1954. During these years, Cobbenhagen left his own personal mark on the program. He was the first professor in the Netherlands to highlight the link between economic practice and ethics. Even today, this realization is one the basic principles underlying our university's identity.

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