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Our students live in student houses all throughout the city of Groningen, since we do not have a campus. Corporate and private landlords provide rooms for our students. Therefore, looking for a a place to live in Groningen can be a challenging experience. Housing is scarce, rooms may be small and they may also be more expensive than what you are used to at home.

However, to help international students to find a pleasant place to live, the University of Groningen has reserved accommodation with SSH Student Housing.

SSH Student Housing

SSH is an independent non-profit organization providing student housing in Groningen. The University has reserved more than 1550 rooms for new international students with the SSH in order to offer each new international student a furnished room to rent for the maximum of one year.

Accommodation with SSH consists of single rooms or double rooms and studios. Prices for these rooms in the year ’17-’18 are between € 272 and € 494 per month, but most rooms will cost around € 360. The rent includes all utilities (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, et cetera). Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€ 195) as well as the first and last month of rent at the time of your reservation.

SSH manages several International Student Houses. The International Student Houses are a fun and social experience; you live with students from all over the world and get to know them very well.

All International Student Houses employ resident assistants to welcome new students and act as caretakers.

How to Apply for SSH

Visit the SSH website to take a look at ‘How it works’ and ‘Available housing’. Registration for SSH housing opens in the first week of May. It is very important that you apply for accommodation with SSH as soon as you are accepted at the University. Applying early will increase the possibility of finding a room that suits your personal preferences. On the SSH website, click on Groningen and then on Reserved Accommodation.

Please apply using the following steps:

  1. Register for accommodation at the SSH. After you register, you will receive information from the university about how to finalize your registration. It is not possible to apply for a room before you are accepted at the University.
  2. After your registration is confirmed by the university, you can start to look for a room on the SSH site and book it. Booking is a fully automated process through the website. During this process you will automatically sign the contract for rent.
  3. After booking, you will have to pay the reservation fee and the first and last month of rent within 24 hours. Payment can be made by MasterCard or Visa.

Please note that the period of rent equals the period of your education in the first year. If you want to arrive a few days earlier, please ask the local SSH office by mail whether it is possible to rent your room a few days earlier.

Alternatives for SSH

Want to live with friends or on your own? There are several alternatives to SSH where you can find private accommodation. You can find a room with commercial agencies or private landlords around Groningen. Rents and agency costs of both commercial agencies and private landlords can be high. Remain critical, visit the room beforehand and always read your contract carefully! Alternatively, there are numerous websites which offer student rooms. The best known website for find a room is Also, you can use social media like Facebook, on which you can find many groups for people who are searching for a room in Groningen. Start early with your search and let people know that you're looking for a room! You can also use the student-to-student housing platform Housing anywhere, on which you can see rooms current students have to offer you.

If you want to arrange your own housing, take a look at these sites:

Facebook groups:

Accommodation Warnings

SSH guarantees reliable service. Should you prefer to search for housing on your own, we urge you to be aware that there may be untrustworthy landlords and unreliable room agencies. We therefore ask you to please take note of the following tips:

  • In the summer months and at the beginning of the Academic year, there will be a lot of students trying to find a place to live. It is wise to start looking for a room as early as possible.
  • If you try to find housing on your own, please make sure to do this through official websites or companies that you can trace.
  • Do not go to a viewing alone (preferably bring a local).
  • Do not pay anything before you have made clear agreements in writing.
  • Always ask for a payment receipt.
  • A rent that is too low for the location or type of housing as well as unrecognizable pictures of the location may indicate fraudulent practices.
  • Avoid identity theft: never send a copy of your passport to strangers.
  • If you wish to rent a room outside the city center in a building that has 3 or more residents, you should check if the proprietor has the correct permit.
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