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In Groningen students live throughout the city and among the locals or ‘Stadjers’ as they call themselves. As such there is no campus or campus accommodation. To help international students to find proper housing, the University of Groningen has reserved accommodation with the SSH.

In the Netherlands the universities have no formal responsibility for student housing. Corporate and private parties provide rooms for students. Looking for a room can be a challenging experience. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. This means that housing is scarce, rooms are small, and they can be more expensive than what you are used to at home.


SSH is an independent non-profit organization providing student housing in several Dutch cities. The University has reserved more than 1000 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 consists of single rooms to double rooms and studios. Prices for accommodation in the year ’16-’17 are between € 268 and € 467 per month, but most rooms will be around € 360. These rents are all inclusive (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.

When and how to Apply

You can visit the SSH website to take a look at ‘How it works’ and ‘Available housing’. It is very important that you apply for accommodation with SSH as soon as you are accepted at the University. This will increase the possibility of finding a room that suits your preferences.
You will have to take the subsequent steps.
1. You register for accommodation at the SSH. You will receive information from the university on the right way to register. It is not possible to apply for a room before you are accepted at the University.
2. After acceptance of your registration you can look for a room and decide which room you would like to book. Booking is a fully automated process through the website. During this process you will automatically sign the contract of rent.
3. After booking, you will have to pay the reservation fee and the first and last month of rent within 24 hours. Payment is by means of Master Card 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.

> SSH website , click on Groningen and then on Reserved Accommodation.

SSH manages several International Student Houses. All International Student Houses employ resident assistants to welcome new students and act as care-takers.

> read interviews with resident assistants

Alternatives for SSH

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! There are numerous websites which offer private rooms. Best known in the Netherlands is Also, use social media like Facebook, there are 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! If you want to know more about what it's like to live in Groningen you can visit the student-to-student platform Housing anywhere , where you can immediately see what current students have to offer you.

If you want to arrange your own housing (which is not easy!), take a look at these sites:

Facebook groups:


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 take note of the following tips:

  • In the summer months and at the beginning of the Academic year there are a lot of students trying to find accommodation, it is wise to start looking for a room early
  • 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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