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It is often difficult finding accommodation in Dutch student cities. In the popular city of Groningen over 20,000 students will all be looking for housing at the same time as you. So it can be a challenge; start searching as soon as you can. The earlier you find accommodation, the better. The University of Groningen is not a campus university and therefore does not offer campus accommodation. To start, check on a regular basis the websites At Home in Groningen and SSHxl. If you are studying in Leeuwarden, however, there is more accommodation available.

Check out our video to see the different types of accommodation on offer and handy tips for finding a room.

SSH Student Housing

If you are coming to Groningen for the first time, and you apply early enough, you can rent one of the 1,550 rooms the University has reserved for new international students with SSH Student Housing. SSH is a non-profit housing corporation specialised in student accommodation, with furnished rooms available for a maximum of one year. You can choose from a single or double room or a studio, with prices currently ranging from €290 to €660 a month, including all utilities (rent, heating, electricity, furniture, and internet access).

Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€100) as well as the first and last month’s rent at the time of your reservation. There are several SSH International Student Houses across the city, where you can live with students from all over the world – a fun and social experience.

SSH housing is not available for PhD students except in the case of ultra-short-stay contracts (details can be received from the relevant graduate school). Private sector accommodation is shared on At Home in Groningen in collaboration with the municipality and Hanze UAS. There are other sources available with information on housing in the city but these are not managed or monitored by the University of Groningen.

How can I apply for SSH Housing?

Please note you can register for SSH housing from the 6th of May 2020 onwards, and from the 11th of May onwards it is possible to book a room. Simply go to the SSH website, click on Groningen and then on "Reserve your room or residence in Groningen". Remember to apply to SSH as early as possible. You are able to reserve your room once you have received a conditional, provisional or unconditional offer from the University - so don’t delay!.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Once you have an offer from the UG, you can register for accommodation at SSH. After you register, you will receive information from us about how to finalise your registration.
  2. You can start looking for a room on the SSH site and book it (it’s a fully automated process). During this process, you will automatically sign the rental agreement.
  3. After the booking is finalised, please pay the reservation fee and the first and last month’s rent within 24 hours using a MasterCard or Visa.

The rental period is the same length of time as your academic year. If you wish to arrive a few days earlier, please email the SSH office to ask whether it’s possible to rent your room before the start of the new term.

Details on cancellation options for an SSH rental contract can be found here.

Private accommodation

When all SSH accommodation is fully booked, you need to look for private accommodation in or around Groningen. There are several ways to find private accommodation in Groningen. We have worked with the Groningen Municipality and Hanze University of Applied Sciences to create a website called At Home In Groningen, which offers student rooms with reliable landlords that have been screened by the municipality and provides additional information about living in Groningen. This site will be updated regularly.

You can also choose a long-stay hotel such as The Student Hotel, where you can rent a hotel-like room for up to a year. Alternatively, you can search for accommodation in the private sector e.g. via rental agencies or social media, but be aware of scammers. If you are looking to rent (or buy) an apartment or house in the Netherlands, check out Funda. Or, you can apply for Social Housing through WoningNet, although you will have to meet certain income-based requirements and contend with a waiting list.

If you are having difficulty finding a room in Groningen, try broadening your search outside the city or to nearby towns such as Leeuwarden or Assen.

Campus Fryslân

Are you planning to do a master's degree at Campus Fryslân? Check out our Leeuwarden accommodation tips - where rooms are easier to find.

University College Groningen and University College Fryslân

If you are starting at our University College Groningen or our University College Fryslân - you will be living residentially with your classmates.


Advice on looking for accommodation

You may prefer to find your own accommodation but we urge you to be aware that there are untrustworthy landlords and unreliable room rental agencies out there. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Many students will be trying to find a place to live at the beginning of the academic year and during the summer months. It’s therefore wise to start looking for a room as early as possible.
  • Always use official websites or companies that you can trace to a physical address.
  • The agency costs and rental fees of both commercial agencies and private landlords can be high. Remain critical, visit the room beforehand and always read your contract carefully.
  • Be aware of scammers.
  • Do not pay anything before you have a written contract and always ask for a receipt of payment.
  • If the rent looks too good to be true for the location/type of housing, or the pictures are unidentifiable, you might be looking at something that is not genuine.
  • Avoid identity theft: never send a copy of your passport to strangers.
  • If you wish to rent a room in a building that has three or more residents, you should check if the proprietor has the correct permit.
  • Do not go to a viewing alone. If possible, take a Dutch speaker with you.

Last modified:22 September 2020 1.11 p.m.