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TOP Week welcomes 3,700 new students to Tilburg

Published: 13th August 2019 Last updated: 24th September 2019

TOP Week, the annual introduction week for new Tilburg students in higher education, will start next Monday. This week full of activities, in which 3,700 students participate this year, is all about getting to know fellow students and Tilburg as a student city.

Everything that Tilburg has to offer will be highlighted. From the water games day in Leijpark, lunch in brand-new Spoorpark and the traditional Cantus in Spoorzone to a festival in Muzentuin and Vrijheidspark, where first-years will also get a glimpse of the city’s history. Everything to increase the students’ sense of belonging in Tilburg.

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Sports Class: Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30 hrs., Sports Center, Tilburg University

On Tuesday, at the end of the morning, there will be time for sports enthusiasts among the participants to indulge themselves. Seven different sports classes will be on offer, the fitness area will be freely accessible, and students can take a workshop on nutrition and fitness schedules. In this way, students can make a good start to their new student life.

Pub Crawl: Tuesday 21:00 - 01:00 hrs., city center

Of course, new students want to know where to celebrate when the exams are over. Showing them the variety of cafés and pubs is therefore a must. During the Pub Crawl, all groups visit six pubs, each with its own distinct character.

Recharge Lunch: Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 hrs., Spoorpark

The annual Recharge Lunch takes place in the brand-new Spoorpark this year. Participants can relax after the first two days and recharge for the last days of TOP Week, with the TOP Cantus as the highlight. During this lunch, participants choose from a variety of freshly made sandwiches and other good things, and just enjoy each other’s company in the new park.

TOP Cantus & Boozeless Crew: Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30 hrs., Wagenmakerij, Spoorzone & Doloris' Meta Maze

The Tilburg TOP Cantus, the largest official cantus in the Netherlands, is truly a phenomenon. More than 4,000 students and guests will sing together at this mega party accompanied by the band ‘Groots met een valse G’. At the same moment, under-age students can discover the latest sensation in Tilburg: Doloris' Meta Maze.

TOP Festival: Thursday 13:00 - 18:00 hrs., Muzentuin & Vrijheidspark

The TOP Festival will take place in an area with three stages this year. In addition to hip music to go wild on and a secret stage, there will be a third stage in Vrijheidspark around the theme of the 75th anniversary of Tilburg’s Liberation. A freedom fire will be lit here, there will be cultural performances and much more. In this way, the organization hopes to make the new students aware of the history of our fine city.


Note to editors

Further information is available from Lonneke Sars, chairman of the TOP Foundation, phone: 06 -1081 2517 / e-mail: or Tilburg University spokesperson Tineke Bennema, phone: 06 – 1967 8521 / e-mail: See also: