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Interview student manager Marc de Vries

Student manager at the International Student House in the Moesstraat
Marc de Vries
Marc de Vries

‘You get to know people from all over the world,’ says Marc de Vries, third-year student in International Business & Management and student manager at the International Student House in the Moesstraat. ‘During my studies I got in touch with other students from abroad right away. I enjoyed giving them advice and showing the way.’ So when the SSH was looking for student managers, it did not take Marc long to decide.

‘As a student manager, you are the first contact person for all residents. Questions often concern practical matters, such as choosing a fitness centre, opening a bank account or buying a bicycle. But I also regularly give tourist information, actually.’ But that’s not everything: a student manager is also responsible for maintaining contacts with non-residents for maintenance, repairs to the house or other issues.

The house in the Moesstraat has 44 residents, which makes it relatively small. Therefore, there is a lot of social control and everybody knows each other. The atmosphere in the house is relaxed and interesting discussions about the different cultures often take place. International dinners, where everybody brings something to contribute, are sometimes organized as well. Marc, for one, likes to teach his fellow residents how to prepare the typical Dutch boerenkool (kale mash).

Marc and other residents of the house would like to give a few more bits of advice to future international students:

  • Find out as much as possible about your future student city. For instance, talk to people at your institution who also studied here. Also use the Useful Addresses link on the right side of this page, which helps you find all international student houses and university buildings.
  • If possible, invest in a bicycle to use in Groningen. It really is the main means of transport here.
Last modified:07 December 2015 1.48 p.m.