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Get that precious sleep when you can!

5 kinds of naps you'll take at University

Datum:25 mei 2018
Auteur:Iman

Every student knows of the complicated relationship between Uni and sleep. You love it, you need it, you crave it and yet hate yourself for having too much of it.  You can never get enough of it and constantly obsessively think of it. I have never slept more...

Perfect weather for BBQ & football!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 25-27 May

Datum:24 mei 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Still can't quite figure it out

The best of the worst science jokes

Datum:22 mei 2018
Auteur:Joey

´╗┐Think science students aren't funny? Think again! (or don't really).

Moving places in true student fashion

Student stories: Bakfiets-ing around the city

Datum:18 mei 2018
Auteur:Kathir

I recently had to move to a new place in Groningen. Having been here for a year now, I have successfully convinced myself to stay on. Thanks to the city and its marvellous students for that! Well anyway, as I was sitting in bed one night not many moons ago,...

Also: Kermis

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 18-20 May

Datum:17 mei 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

We could all save a little money sometimes. Or a lot, most of the times.

Vlog: Marisha's 7 tips for saving money

Datum:16 mei 2018
Auteur:Marisha

Student vlogger and International Chemisty student Marisha gives her 7 tips for money management whilst at the University of Groningen or generally in the Netherlands. Her tips range from saving and budgeting tips, to apps and discounts from student societies...

Pasta has that rare combination of being affordable and edible at the same time :)

Five Veggie Pasta Recipes for the Poor Student

Datum:11 mei 2018
Auteur:Odile

I love cooking, but cooking can become tedious when there are a million other things to be doing. It’s hard to know what to throw in the pan, particularly when the fridge is full of random impulse purchases. Money and time are precious resources for us students,...

Enjoying the weather on the steps of the Academy Building :)

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 11-13 May

Datum:08 mei 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Me, my friends and the UCG building :)

Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College

Datum:07 mei 2018
Auteur:Odile

Whenever I tell people that I study Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Groningen (UCG), I am met with puzzled looks- “Liberal Arts and what??” Certainly, the all-encompassing name of the degree, “Liberal Arts and Sciences”, is a tricky one...

Freedom ;-)

#TheCityIsOurCampus: Liberation Day Weekend

Datum:03 mei 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Join our students as they their hardest not to embarrass themselves

International Students Try Dutch Games

Datum:26 april 2018
Auteur:Konrad

Watch our International Students try crazy Dutch Kingsday games such as spijkerpoepen (nail-pooping), koekhappen (cake-biting) and snoephappen (candy-bobbing). Ellen, Joey, and Peter face off to see who can come out on top, and also try out some of the weirder...

Don't forget your orange outfit!

King's Day 2018 Bucket List

Datum:23 april 2018
Auteur:Joey

First time celebrating King's Day in the Netherlands? We've made a bucket list, so you'll know what to do (and what not to do). 

Our theme was probably looking good, or something

5 tips to throwing an amazing house party

Datum:23 april 2018
Auteur:Joey

Hosting an amazing party is something on everybody's bucket list. Now, with Kingsday around the corner, we have found 5 tips for you to throw an awesome party, so enjoy!

Ain't no party like King's Day

#TheCityIsOurCampus: King's Day

Datum:23 april 2018
Auteur:Peter

Next friday it’s King’s Day. That means that our #thecityisourcampus blog will be entirely King’s Day themed (you’re welcome Willem). Enjoy!

We can't all be as classy as the Queen, but no one's stopping you from trying!

How to be as classy as Queen Máxima

Datum:22 april 2018
Auteur:Selma

Queen Máxima, wife of the Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander (or WimLex as the Dutch colloquially call him) is known for always being calm, composed and classy. We’ve cracked the secret of Máxima, so check out our four tips for being as classy as Máxima (or...

Summer's here!!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: April 20th - 22th

Datum:19 april 2018
Auteur:Peter

Partypicks

Statistics: #1 moodkiller

How to survive your Statistics Course

Datum:13 april 2018
Auteur:Peter

There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes, and if you’re studying at the University of Groningen, your first-year statistics course. Love it or hate it (anyone in the first category? Report to your local medical research centre - they’ll want your DNA),...

My cat, chilling. I bet she would love the pizza party as well

#TheCityIsOurCampus: April 13th - 15th

Datum:12 april 2018
Auteur:Joey

Party Picks

Hanging out near the docks

Students Guide to finding accommodation

Datum:09 april 2018
Auteur:Iman

Any international student knows the struggle of finding accommodation in Groningen. As the influx of international students is rising, the amount of available housing is decreasing- resulting in the surge of competition with it. However, there is no need to...

Perfect podcast listening weather!

10 best podcast picks from a university student

Datum:06 april 2018
Auteur:Peter

Now when I think of podcasts, I think of my dad listening to the radio because he can’t work out how to use Netflix yet. However, recently I got a bit sick of my music (I like James Blunt, but I can only listen to You’re Beautiful so many times before wanting...

Sleeping in the UB

#TheCityIsOurCampus: April 6th - 8th

Datum:05 april 2018
Auteur:Ellen

Party Picks

The Dutch are even crazier than usual on King's Day. Photo: Leeuwarder Courant

King's Day for n00bs

Datum:04 april 2018
Auteur:Peter

King’s Day is the national holiday of the Dutch, much like Independence Day in America. On King's Day, people dress up like crazy and celebrate their love (or obsession?) for the country. For those of you that are spending their first King’s Day in the Netherlands,...

Hard at work or hardly working?

International's guide to finding a job in Groningen

Datum:30 maart 2018
Auteur:Ellen

If you’re an international student who is trying to find a job in Groningen, then you know that it isn't always easy. Some places require that you are able to speak Dutch and other places might say that you don’t have the right experience. Here’s a list of...

Student blogger Kylie at the Bloemenjaarmarkt

#TheCityIsOurCampus: Easter Weekend

Datum:29 maart 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

These guys wish they were #4 on the list, but are actually more like #1

The 5 Housemates You Will Have At University

Datum:26 maart 2018
Auteur:Joey

Every other Monday over the next few weeks, I will be posting a different blog related to student rooms. The first of the series is this: the five different housemates that you will have at university!

Sunny days are coming the Groningen :)

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 23-25 March

Datum:22 maart 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

A few more months and this will be our view again

Spring is coming: 6 activities you shouldn't miss

Datum:21 maart 2018
Auteur:Kylie

Having survived the ‘Beast from the East’ I think that all of us are very happy that the Weather is finally warming up as Spring is well and truly on its way. As an international student growing up in Kenya, a country without seasons, I was really excited for...

Navigating Groningen is a lot easier with your phone!

10 apps that'll make student life a lot easier

Datum:21 maart 2018
Auteur:Anna

Everyday student-life can be filled with stress, for Dutch and international students alike.

Great view from the University Library

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 16 to 18 March

Datum:15 maart 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Go green for St. Patrick's Day!

Our picks for celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Groningen!

Datum:14 maart 2018
Auteur:Natasha

Sláinte! St Patrick's day is upon us! The day of the year where everyone wears green top hats, drinks bright green drinks and clings desperately to any Irish connection they may have somewhere in their family tree. For me, it's my grandparents - my Irish friends...

There's always time for a game of Bingo!

University Lecture Bingo: Things that happen every lecture

Datum:13 maart 2018
Auteur:Joey

Check out these things that every student - at least the ones who go to class - will have seen in most of their lectures. You can even make this a game using our readily available bingo card (for the low price of zero euros), because let’s face it… you weren’t...

Joey trying his luck in the Usva course Improv comedy

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 9 to 11 March

Datum:08 maart 2018
Auteur:Joey

Party Picks

Cycling is one the first things you'll learn in Groningen!

15 things that will happen to you as an International Student in Groningen

Datum:07 maart 2018
Auteur:Ellen

Being an international student in Groningen is a great experience. However, with living in another country brings some experiences that may seem strange at first (or second) sight. As an international, you’re bound to experience at least one of these things...

Winter has come to the UG!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 2-4 March

Datum:01 maart 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Popcorn makes everything better!

11 films UG students shouldn't miss

Datum:28 februari 2018
Auteur:Peter

With Oscar night coming up now’s a better time than ever to catch up on your movie backlog. We’ve made a selection of relatable, inspiring and hilarious movies for UG students. Let us know what you’re watching in the comments or use #MyUGstory.  

See Marisha's week at the UG!

Marisha's Student Vlog: A Week at the UG

Datum:27 februari 2018
Auteur:Marisha

Join Chemistry student Marisha as she shows us a week in the life of an International Student in Groningen. She tells us all about surviving the Dutch weather, biking everywhere, preparing Indian-style dinner with friends, enjoying a workout at the ACLO and...

Frascati Family

Going Dutch: Studying in the Netherlands

Datum:23 februari 2018
Auteur:Odile

“What’s it like out there?”

Don't miss Stranger Things this weekend!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 23-25 February

Datum:22 februari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Skiing with my friends :)

Travel Blog: Weekend Away?

Datum:20 februari 2018
Auteur:Natasha

Bringing some youthful vibes to the board

The student within the board

Datum:16 februari 2018
Auteur:Saina

Hello everyone! My name is Saina and I am the Student Assessor of the Board of the University. Our University has a central governing body consisting of three men: the president, vice-president and rector magnificus. For a year I join these very-well-educated...

Join the Groningen Urban Trail this weekend!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 16-18 February

Datum:15 februari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party picks

Love is in the air this week!

Valentines 2018: our best date ideas for students

Datum:12 februari 2018
Auteur:Ellen

With Valentine's day right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do this Valentine's day in case you didn’t already have plans whether it be with your S.O. or if you’re spending it in solitude. Also, check out this Spotify playlist...

How many languages do you speak?

Konrad's Student Vlog: Learning Dutch

Datum:08 februari 2018
Auteur:Konrad

Hello guys! Check out Konrad's new vlog about learning Dutch! He takes Dutch language classes with his girlfriend and gives some helpful tips on learning to speak like a true Dutchman. You'll never pronounce "Van Gogh" the same way again!

Getting in the mood for the Winter Games!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 9 to 11 February

Datum:08 februari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Sunrise at Paterswoldemeer

Nature Escapes

Datum:06 februari 2018
Auteur:Iman

See you at the Open Day!

5 tips for Open Day success

Datum:30 januari 2018
Auteur:Selma

University Open Days can be a great asset in making a decision on where to study. During the open day, you can get all the information you need about the programmes you are interested in as well as get a feeling for the student life in the city you are interested...

Grote Markt

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 2-4 February

Datum:30 januari 2018
Auteur:Joey

This weekend in Groningen: Party Picks

Check out our Spotify playlist for Eurosonic 2018. Photo credits to Bart Heemskerk

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 26 to 28 January

Datum:25 januari 2018
Auteur:Joey

Party Picks

Studying is better together!

From High School to University: a New World

Datum:22 januari 2018
Auteur:Odile

Photo: Eurosonic

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 19 to 21 January

Datum:18 januari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

Representing the UG at a study fair!

How to: prepare for a successful career

Datum:16 januari 2018
Auteur:Selma

While I was studying, preparing for my career wasn’t much on my mind. I focussed on passing classes I enjoyed, chilling with friends for hours on end and of course going out. Looking back, I wish I would have prepared slightly more - which would’ve saved me...

Vismarkt

Konrad's Student Vlog: Food in Groningen

Datum:14 januari 2018
Auteur:Konrad

Hello guys! Check out our new vlog about food in Groningen. Our student vlogger Konrad visits the Vismarkt with his girlfriend to make some interesting meals. He also interviews other International Students about their experiences with food and food in Groningen...

Photo: Antonio Trucillo

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 12 to 14 January

Datum:12 januari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

About to have an underwater date with sharks and turtles at 'Divers Paradise'

Studying Abroad Right - the Student Perspective

Datum:11 januari 2018
Auteur:Joey

The first semester is ending, so a lot of students are preparing to embark on one of the best student experiences: go on exchange. If you are one of these students, I bet you are feeling a bit nervous and excited, and are curious to know what to expect. If...

Marisha

Marisha Student Vlog: #MyUGStory

Datum:10 januari 2018
Auteur:Marisha

Hi Guys! My name is Marisha Agarwal and this is my #UGStory. In this video I am going to talk about 4 things, namely “How did I find the university?”, “What made me choose the university”, “First Year Experience”, “Present Day: Second Year”

One of my favorite coffee spots!

Lets have a coffee break!

Datum:06 januari 2018
Auteur:Natasha

Hey! Coming to University includes taking exams and studying throughout the year, and I definitely also need coffee to fuel these study sessions. The University of Groningen has just renovated the University Library (UB) in the city centre, which is where I...

There's always time for Sushi!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 5 to 7 January

Datum:05 januari 2018
Auteur:Peter

Party Picks

On the "bakfiets"!

Going Dutch: Save Money!

Datum:04 januari 2018
Auteur:Joey

Oliebollen at the Grote Markt!

2018 Bucket List: 25 things to do in Groningen

Datum:01 januari 2018
Auteur:Joey

  

Happy New Years!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: New Years Eve in Groningen

Datum:28 december 2017
Auteur:Joey

Let’s face it, the main reason you look forward to New Years is the party. Everybody is out - Even my grandma goes out to bust a move (and tries not to break her hip). But you don’t want to go to a lame party - for example where grandma is cutting shapes to...

First week in my new room!

The hunt for a perfect home

Datum:18 december 2017
Auteur:Anna

If you are a prospective student about to start life at the University of Groningen or if you’ve already been studying in Groningen for a year or two and want to get to grips on how to secure the best accommodation during your studies, then look no further!...

Winterwelvaart near the canals

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 15th to 17th December

Datum:14 december 2017
Auteur:Peter

Party picks:

Cycling around Groningen!

Why I chose Groningen

Datum:13 december 2017
Auteur:Natasha

Visiting FC Groningen!

#TheCityIsOurCampus: 8th till 10th of December

Datum:07 december 2017
Auteur:Joey

University of Groningen in Hamburg

How to: Make the most of a University fair

Datum:06 december 2017
Auteur:Selma

There’s more to visiting fairs than avoiding eye contact whilst trying to grab as many freebies as possible!

Dancing with my dispuut at SIB Gala

Student associations, should I join?

Datum:04 december 2017
Auteur:Odile

I was just starting out my new life in the city of Groningen. It was my first time living so far from home. A big change, and change is scary for sure. I came here for my studies, but also so much more than that. I wanted experiences. Groningen is a melting...

Photo: Rawfare

#TheCityIsOurCampus: The weekend of 1 to 3 December in Groningen

Datum:30 november 2017
Auteur:Peter

Nothing to do this weekend? We’ve rounded up the events in Groningen for the upcoming weekend (and some for next week).

My holiday group!

Celebrating the Holidays in Groningen

Datum:28 november 2017
Auteur:Brielle

When I was an undergraduate student in Pennsylvania, USA it was just a few hours drive to my home. I had the opportunities to go home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any random weekend I desired. However, now that I am abroad I don’t have that option...

Photo: Jasper Bolderdijk

#TheCityIsOurCampus: This weekend in Groningen

Datum:24 november 2017
Auteur:Joey

Nothing to do this weekend? We’ve rounded up the events in Groningen on the 24th, 25th and 26th of November.

Law-vlogger Lilia

#MyUGStory: Lilia

Datum:16 november 2017
Auteur:Lilia

Hey guys, thanks for tuning in to this video. My name is Lilia and in this video I'll talk about the University of Groningen and why I chose to study here.

Back in time in Volendam!

Exams are over – take a break and go on a day trip

Datum:14 november 2017
Auteur:Joey

Happy days: the first exam period of the new year is over! The abundance of stress and lack of sleep has ended and no matter how your exams went, you deserve a break. So what are you going to do to celebrate? You can catch up with your friends; spend an entire...

Studying at the UG

How to study like a boss at the UG

Datum:25 oktober 2017
Auteur:Peter

Moving to Groningen

Moving to Groningen! Now what?

Datum:18 oktober 2017
Auteur:Brielle

Moving to a new country may seem intimidating at first. You’ll be in a new place with new people, but you will also have a lot of new experiences to go along. When I first received my acceptance letter I was both excited and nervous--excited for this adventure,...

Preparing for Whalewatching!

Oh Canada!

Datum:11 oktober 2017
Auteur:Peter

When I started my studies at the University of Groningen, little did I know that barely two years later, I’d find myself living, studying and travelling in Canada. But there I was, and going on exchange to Montreal turned out to be one of the best decisions...

Opening of the KEI-week

Starting your life as a student in style!

Datum:04 oktober 2017
Auteur:Peter

As a guy from a small rural village, I’d been to Groningen a few times to visit the university before I started, but I wasn’t very familiar with the city. So I gathered two friends and together we signed up for the KEI-week, the yearly week-long event hosted...

Best things about the UG

The best things about the UG

Datum:28 september 2017
Auteur:Peter

Over the years I’ve studied at the UG, I’ve taken and passed tons of exams, I’ve written as many essays and I’ve read thousand of pages of textbooks. I’ve walked and cycled the streets of Groningen countless times, tried every store in the city and I’ve been...

ESN week: party like the Dutch!

Your First Week in Groningen--ESN style

Datum:21 september 2017
Auteur:Brielle

Before arriving in Groningen, I signed up for the ESN Introduction Week to get to know the city and the international student community. After moving into SSH, the majority of my housemates were also participating. Although we were mostly separated into different...

Traveling like the Dutch!

Travelling like the Dutch: on your Bike!

Datum:14 september 2017
Auteur:Brielle

Noorderzon Festival

Don't miss summertime in Groningen!

Datum:07 september 2017
Auteur:Peter

After a year's worth of hard work, cranking out essays and studying for exams until you start dreaming about your textbook, it’s finally time for summer! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to the summer break since at least February. The...

Honours College

Honours College: for those that want a bit more

Datum:30 augustus 2017
Auteur:Peter

Not long after I got my first taste of the University of Groningen, I decided to apply for the Honours College, a programme designed to add extra depth and breadth to the regular study programme. Four years later, the Honours College is responsible for some...

Boating around in Giethoorn!

Day trips you don't want to miss

Datum:23 augustus 2017
Auteur:Brielle

Although there is always something to do in Groningen, there are also some day trips you shouldn’t miss out on. The Netherlands is relatively small and easy to travel around.  My housemates and I would get group train tickets and take trips to Amsterdam, Rotterdam,...