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Practical information / Faculty of Economics and Business

Accommodation

The University of Groningen is not a campus university and therefore does not offer campus accommodation. However, through third parties there are many (student)houses and apartments available, which are spread all over town. Most of your courses will take place at Zernike campus and so you might want to take that into consideration when choosing your location for housing. Please find the address of the Faculty and a map of Zernike campus here .

We would like to stress that student housing is scarce in Groningen and we advise all our students to book their accommodation as soon as they have received their acceptance letter and before 1 June for semester one (Fall) or before 1 December for semester two (Spring).

To know your arrival/departure date, please make sure to study the academic calendar . Also, keep in mind that the introduction events always take place in the week before courses start.

We advise you to book your accommodation with an organisation that is specialized in (international) student housing: SSH. The University of Groningen has reserved a number of rooms and apartments for its international students and staff with this organisation. The number of accommodations that the University has reserved with SSH is limited, and is offered on a first come, first served basis.

SSH is not the only organisation that offers student accommodation, yet it is the most reliable source for offering international students fitted and furnished rooms with prices that are inclusive (electricity, water etc). Many other agencies do not offer inclusive prices and/or furnished rooms. From 4 November onwards, the SSH website is updated with Groningen and only then is it possible to register.

Before you make your booking with SSH...

SSH will inform you about the procedure and the conditions on their website. We would like to advise you to make sure that you studied their website, e.g. read the rental guide, as it contains important information. Once you signed your rental agreement, you also signed for the conditions. We highlight some important aspects:

1) When booking your accommodation with SSH, you will sign a rental agreement for a fixed rental period, either 5 (1 semester) or 10 (2 semesters) months. This means that even if you would like to leave the accommodation one month earlier, you will still have to pay for this minimum period:

  • semester 1 (Fall) = September until February
  • semester 2 ( Spring) = February until July
  • semester 1 + 2 (Fall and Spring) = September until July

2) The rent starts on the first day of the month. It is, however, possible to have your rental period start a few days earlier. You will have to contact SSH to see if this is possible for the accommodation you have chosen.

3) You will finalize your booking by paying the administration fee and the first and last month of your rent. This payment can only be made by Mastercard or Visa credit card!

4) Please also realize that once you booked and paid for your accommodation, there will be no reimbursement of the money in case of cancellation.

How to book your reserved accommodation with SSH

SSH supplies detailed explanation on how to book your reserved accommodation. This website will show you all the steps involved and how to proceed.

Important to know:

Step 2 "sign up for reserved accommodation" will show you the registration form. When filling in this form, you will need to fill in for "Type of Resident": exchange. Please note that you do not need to fill in your student number (since you do not yet have this), but you will need to opload an ID or passport (e.g. make a photograph of it with your smartphone and upload it).

Step 3 "Get approved by educational institution" means that the FEB Exchange Office needs to approve your application and we will only do so when we already sent you your acceptance letter.

Tips and advice on other ways to find accommodation

Although we advise you to use the services of SSH, there are other options for finding accommodation. Before we show you a list of alternatives, please realize that:

- We once had a student who was conned when she made an agreement with someone who contacted her through Facebook . This person (supposedly) resided in the UK and had offered her to send the key of her room by DHL - after she transferred a substantial amount of money to his bank account. Needless to say: there was no room, no key and she lost a lot of money! (this was warning one).

- Always be aware that renting a room through all of these services falls under your own responsibility. And please also be aware that often the prices do not include furniture and/or water/electricity etc (this was warning two).

Below you find the details of some other corporations/real estate agents/platforms to which you can turn when looking for accomodation:

>> Lefier: https://www.lefier.nl/Ik-zoek-een-woning/Spelregels-kamers/Rooms-for-foreign-students-ENG

>> Kamernet: http://kamernet.nl/huren/kamer-groningen

>> Temporary Room: http://www.temporaryroom.com/

>> Housing Anywhere: http://www.housinganywhere.com/rm

>> Op Kamers: http://www.opkamers.nl/index.php?lang=en

>> City Appartments: http://www.cityapartments.nl/

Also, keep checking the facebook group for exchange students of the Faculty of Economics and Business. Leaving students sometimes post their rooms on the wall or post a message that they would like to share a room with another student.

Last modified:October 31, 2014 13:02