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Finding somewhere to live can be daunting, especially if you are moving to the Netherlands for the first time.  Around 20,000 students will all be looking for a room at the same time in Groningen so start your search as soon as possible.  It is your own responsibility to find somewhere to live. The University of Groningen does NOT provide accommodation for students.

Please do not underestimate the challenge of finding accommodation as it is often a long and stressful process. Therefore, finding accommodation is a priority and you should reserve a room as early as possible. For example, if you are starting your studies in September, we strongly advise that you begin actively looking for a room in April.

Ensure that you have found a room before August 1st if you will be studying in Groningen. If you decide to come to Groningen without pre-arranged housing, then you are highly likely to find yourself in hotels or hostels, if there is still space. This will involve high costs, inconvenience, and stress. This will likely last for a long period of time, probably months after your arrival. If you find a house outside of the city, then make sure you consider the potential extra travel time and travel costs. If you have not found accommodation before August 1, we strongly advise you not to come to Groningen

Below you can find a video with student testimonials about the difficulties they encountered in finding housing:

The Municipality of Groningen has recently started a collaboration with Hospi Housing, which connects students with verified local hosts and guest families. In this way, you can find a room and at the same time meet residents who know Groningen well, which will help you create new cultural connections and feel at home in the city. Signing up, searching and chatting with hosts is free of charge for an unlimited amount of time. If you find a room on the platform, Hospi Housing charges a one-time fee equalling 50% of the first month’s rent. In return they ensure that the platform is 100% scam-free, support you in the matchmaking process and help draft a contract.

On April 26th, students can register at SSH Groningen. Degree students can reserve a room from May 9th onward and exchange students from June 2nd. Please be advised that rooms are fully booked within a few weeks. In addition, availability and choice within the private rental market become increasingly limited the longer you wait, with prices increasing when there is a shortage of rooms in the city.

Temporary accommodation

Currently there is accommodation available for international students (whether you are new or already enrolled) at Cornus student accommodation. This can be booked via  SSH Groningen.

Please note that rooms will be available until September 1st, 2022.

SSH Student Housing, number of rooms limited

If you are coming to Groningen for the first time, and you apply on time, you can rent one of the 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 €300 to €660 a month, including all utilities (rent, heating, electricity, furniture, and internet access). Make sure to check the website for the latest information on room pricing.

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.

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 accommodation

In case all SSH accommodation is fully booked, you need to look for private accommodation in or around Groningen. Be aware, accommodation in the city is high in demand, be prepared also to look outside Groningen. There are several ways to find private accommodation in the city. We have worked with the Groningen Municipality and Hanze University of Applied Sciences to create a website called  At Home In Groningen  (AHIG), which offers student rooms with reliable landlords that have been screened by the municipality and provides additional information about living in Groningen. Another option is to search for a room on Hospi Housing, which connects students with verified local hosts and guest families. The platform allows you to search accommodation and contact hosts for free but charges a one-time fee once you have found a room. Living with a local host is a great way to quickly get to know the ins and outs of your new city.

Alternatively, you can search for accommodation in the private sector e.g. via rental agencies or social media (Facebook for example), but we ask you to be aware of scammers as this is a serious problem in student cities such as Groningen. A list of housing alternatives can be found on the AHIG website.

You can also email the University of Groningen should you need further information.

Advice on looking for accommodation

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.

University College Groningen/Campus Fryslân/University College Fryslân accommodation

If you are joining a programme at University College Groningen or University College Fryslân - you will be living residentially with your classmates.

We highly recommend that you look for a room or an apartment as soon as you have received an offer from the University. If you are going to study at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden then the same will apply as in Groningen: start your search on time!

Are you are planning on doing a master's degree at Campus Fryslân? You can find more information about accommodation in Leeuwarden on the finding accommodation page.

University College Groningen and University College Fryslân

If you are joining a programme at  University College Groningen  or  University College Fryslân  - you will be living residentially with your classmates.

Corona measures

Please note: due to the adaptive nature of Covid-19, the guidelines and rules of the Dutch government & authorities are subject to regular change and therefore it is your own responsibility to act according to the newest Covid-19 rules / regulations set in place.

Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.

Last modified:29 August 2022 09.27 a.m.