Before you arrive
When looking for accommodation in Groningen we recommend that you start your search early in order to have more options. Even if you are not successful, there are other options such as renting in the private sector or sharing with other students who are in the same situation.
The University works closely with SSH to provide housing to students in a number of locations across the city including single rooms, double rooms and studios. Prices range from roughly € 300 and € 450 per month, but most rooms are around € 360. These rents are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, et cetera). Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€ 275) nd the first and last month of rent at the time of your reservation.
Staying healthy is an important part of enjoying your time at University and in the Netherlands you are required by law to have health insurance for the entire time you are here. The type of insurance that is best for you will depend on your country of origin, age, length of stay and whether or not you are working while you study. The different types of insurance are:
Private Health Care Insurance
This is likely to be the right choice for you if you are an international student and not employed.
EU Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
If you are a citizen from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It is free to obtain by contacting your local health authority before you leave your home country. The EHIC covers basis and emergency healthcare costs.
Basic Health Insurance (Basisverzekering)
Once you start working (any paid job or an internship) that pays more than €150 per month or €1,500 per year, you are legally required to take out basic health insurance - even if you are covered by another health insurance provider.
Managing your finances is an important aspect of your planning to come and study at the University of Groningen. Here are some ideas on how to plan your finances while at the University.
Funding your studies
- University of Groningen Grantfinder
- Loans (UK and UK students)
- Holland Scholarship
- Student finance for EU students
Working while you study
If you hold a residence permit as a student, you are only allowed to work in the Netherlands if your employer has a work permit (TWV). Your employer has to apply for this work permit at UWV (information only available in Dutch). NB. If you are a Japanese national no work permit is needed.
In addition, you are only allowed to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week. Instead of these 10 hours a week, you may also do seasonal labour during the months of June, July and August. In both cases the employer must have obtained a TWV (except for Japanese nationals).
If an internship is a compulsory part of your study programme, your employer will not need to have a TWV. Instead, you, your employer and your educational institution will need to set up and sign an internship agreement.
Budgeting for your studies
Living costs in Groningen are lower than in many other cities in the Netherlands such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam, but it is still important to plan how you will spend your available funds while studying with us.
This budget planner should help you work out what you will be spending each month and how to best manage your expenses. You should fill in each box that applies to you and press the calculate budget button.
The budget summary section will show you:
(Your total monthly income) minus (your total monthly expenditure) = the total left over to spend on non-essentials
Travelling to Groningen
However it is that you plan to get to Groningen -whether you will be driving or taking a long haul flight, you can get details on how to get to the city and find your way to the University.
Information on how to get to the University campus is available on our Transportation page. It includes sections on road, air, rail, bus and cycle travel.
The University of Groningen also arranges an airport pick up service if you arrive at Schiphol. Check this site to reserve your place.
Preparing for life at the University
There are a number of resources you can use to help you prepare for your programme and life at the University of Groningen
MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
- Introduction to Dutch
- Preparing for University (run by the University of East Anglia for Bachelors students)
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