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Registration with the City Hall

Anyone staying in the Netherlands for four months or longer must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: Basisregistratie Personen, BRP) at the City Hall. It is advisable that you register as soon as possible and do not wait until four months have passed. You need to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database in order to obtain a BSN (social security number). The BSN is required if you apply for e.g. a Dutch insurance, phone subscription, or Dutch bank account.

Non-EU/EEA students can register with their MVV visa, residence permit card, or a confirmation letter from the Immigration Services (IND).

For EU students only, the municipality of Groningen and the University of Groningen have arranged extra appointments during which you can register in the BRP of the municipality of Groningen. These extra appointments will be available during the month of September. The appointment schedule of the municipality of Groningen can be found on their website .
PLEASE NOTE: Non-EU students will receive a separate invitation to register in the BRP during the Welcoming Ceremony!

Documents needed for registration

EU/EEA students need the following documents for registration with the BRP:

  • Valid passport.
  • Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation that verifies your address in Groningen.
  • If applicable: legalised marriage certificate.
  • BRP registration form ( download here )

Non-EU/EEA students need the following documents for registration with the BRP:

  • An MVV visa, a valid residence permit, or a letter of confirmation from the Immigration Office (IND) proving that you have applied for a residence permit. Please contact the International Service Desk (ISD@rug.nl) if you need the IND letter.
  • Valid passport.
  • Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation that verifies your address in Groningen.
  • If applicable: legalised marriage certificate (information about legalisation is available with the Dutch embassies and consulates).
  • BRP registration form ( download here )

Deregister from the City Hall

Please note that when you leave Groningen and the University after finishing your studies, you need to deregister from the City Hall. For digital deregistration through the website of the City Hall (called E-loket) you need a DigID (Digital ID). > how to apply for a DigiD

Another way to deregister is by sending an e-mail to info@groningen.nl . In this e-mail you need to mention the following details > more .

City Hall Groningen

Municipal Personal Records Database
Kreupelstraat 1
9712 HW Groningen
tel. + 31 (0)50 367 70 00

email:
info@groningen.nl

Opening hours
Monday: 1 - 5 PM      
Tuesday-Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday evening: 5 – 7 PM

Last modified:25 July 2017 09.26 a.m.