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Groningen life

As student cities go, Groningen is one of the best places to be. It is a youthful, vibrant city with every fifth person being a student - giving it has the highest student population density in the Netherlands. Groningers will tell you that most places are 10 minutes away as the city really is your campus and the University's Academy Building at the core.

It is possible to see here what is going on right now at the Grote Markt - the central city square which is often buzzing with activity at all times of the day and night.

The city has a number of cinemas (independent and mainstream), theatres, concert venues, restaurants, cafes, festivals, art galleries and the world's second largest climbing wall - something to suit all tastes and cultures!

Arts and culture

Groningen is proud to have a very strong, diverse arts and culture scene which is rare for a city of its size. The nationally renowned Groninger Museum regularly has a great deal to offer including fashion, photography, design and paintings - and recently staged the David Bowie Is exhibition. The City organises a number of evening events around topics such as Arts and Sciences, Fashion and Food so there is always something to do.


Sport plays an important part in Groningen's culture and many of us either support a team or participate in a sport. The city boasts its own top national football (FC Groningen) and basketball (Donar) teams as well as regular athletic races that take places in and around the city centre. These range from the Night Run and Urban Chase obstacle event to the 4 Mile Race and Ladies Run.


If you are a music lover then you are likely to be in heaven in Groningen. Throughout the year there are festivals in concert venues, local parks and in the city's central squares showcasting different types of music from Folk to House and Dance. Groningen also hosts Europe's largest showcase festival, Eurosonic which has launched the careers of European artists like Ásgeir, Jake Bugg, Bastille, James Vincent McMorrow, Selah Sue and The XX. The city is also very proud to hold an annual 10 day 'party in the park' - Noorderzon which features music, food, art and theatre.

Last modified:21 August 2018 10.31 a.m.