Student associations

The Avans cities of Breda, Tilburg, Roosendaal and Den Bosch are home to large numbers of students. Student associations are at the heart of these thriving communities. This page offers you information about the various associations you can join as an Avans student.

ESN Breda

ESN Breda, short for Erasmus Student Network Breda, is part of a large international student organization. With over 500 local sections and more than 40 participating countries, ESN is the largest student network in Europe. Breda averages 600 students per year, with a range of exchange and degree-seeking students joining our network annually.

What is ESN Breda to you? We are a network of students from all over the world. We offer you the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and gain new experiences while doing so. We organize various events, that include but are not limited to themed events, cultural events, sports events and social drinks. With our ESNcard, you enjoy the benefits of our partner discounts. Discounts with partners such as RyanAir, Old Dutch Sports Bar & Restaurant and Happy Tosti to name a few.

ESN also focuses on causes such as Social Inclusion, Skills & Employability and Environmentally Sustainability. Through this ESN tries to contribute to its surroundings by helping to solve problems that affect society. If you believe in our causes and are interested in becoming more involved. We welcome you to apply for a committee, coordinator or board position. It is a great opportunity to gain useful knowledge and experience, both professionally and personally.

Our motto is Unity in Diversity, so join no matter who you are, come to an event, connect and see for yourself!

For more info visit us:
Instagram: @esnbreda
Facebook: ESN Breda

Sociëteit het Forum Breda

Sociëteit het Forum is the number 1 place for students to meet. This bar on Havermarkt 12 in the centre of Breda is open to everyone on Tuesdays, Thursdays and of course during the weekends. Sociëteit het Forum is run by volunteers, meaning the prices are significantly lower compared to other inner city bars.

S.V. Virgo Breda

S.V. Virgo is Breda’s largest, oldest and most sociable student association. Virgo was founded in 1974 and is still going strong after all these years. Its current member base is about 450 members. S.V. Virgo is open to all students attending Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Membership costs only €25 a year. With this membership, you will enjoy discounts at bars in Breda city centre, exclusive discounts and invitations to association activities and overall, a memorable student experience with newly formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

S.V. Virgo has its own lounge, located in BRESS student sports centre at 5 minutes’ walking distance from Avans. This lounge is very suitable for studying and relaxing during the day and the perfect place for drinks and parties in the evening.


Virgo organises a ‘drinking and chatting up’ night every Tuesday as well as a party or event once every 2 weeks. These parties may vary from pub crawls to karaoke parties. Virgo is also well known for ‘1000 Palm’ and ‘Pre-carnival’. These amazingly popular parties have been hosted by the student association for more than a decade.

At the start of each academic year, Virgo hosts 3 intro parties. Open to all students, these parties help you to get to know the association and its members.


For more information visit the Virgo website.
If you would like to become a member, please send an email to [email protected].

SV Virgo
Nieuwe Inslag 99

Ichtus Breda and Ichtus ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Ichtus is a Christian student association open to all university students, located both in Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Starting a study programme forces you to think about your principles, motivation, background and goals. About your life and its meaning. As a student you face many new challenges. Some things you might want to keep to yourself, other things you might want share with friends, people who know how you feel and understand you. Fellow students. New friends, with new ideas.


The core activity of Ichtus is weekly bible study. During these evenings member share a meal and sing together, and there is always plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas. You can share your thoughts and feelings on topics ranging from freedom and development to your own study progress. In addition to bible study and discussion evenings, the Ichtus also organises local and national conferences and weekends.

Students who want to take on a more active role within the society have the opportunity to serve on the governing committee or set up a sub-committee, e.g. a gala committee, bible group committee, sports committee or international committee.


Ichtus is not a free-standing student association. Almost every university city in the Netherlands has its own Ichtus chapter. This means that you can meet both students from your own town and from many other cities around the country. Ichtus is affiliated with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, an international organisation of Christian student associations.

For more about Ichtus Breda visit:

Details about Ichtus ‘s-Hertogenbosch are available from:

s.v. Animoso ‘s-Hertogenbosch

s.v. Animoso would like to warmly welcome you to the Netherlands and wish you every success with your studies at Avans. This association is open to all students attending Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Since its establishment in 1985, s.v. Animoso has offered students fun and friendship during their studies in the city of Den Bosch. Animoso members like to enjoy themselves with a beer in their hand. To live up to this motto, the association organises parties, a Christmas gala, sailing weekends, (themed) pub evenings and a members’ weekend. Whether or not you will be living in Den Bosch, all these activities are the perfect addition to your student life. s.v. Animoso’s parties are advertised in advance on posters and flyers and offer you the ultimate chance to have fun and meet other students.

If you would like to receive more information in English, please send an email to [email protected].

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