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When looking for accommodation in Groningen, we recommend starting your search early in order to have more options. Even if you are not successful, please know that 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 rent prices are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, et cetera). Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€ 275) and the first and last month of rent at the time of your reservation.

For more information on housing options while you study click here, as well as the different neighbourhoods in Groningen.


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. Please find an overview of the different types of insurance below:

  • 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). You can obtain this type of insurance for free by contacting your local health authority before you leave your home country. The EHIC covers basic and emergency healthcare costs.
  • Basic Health Insurance (Basisverzekering)
    Once you start working (any paid job or 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.

Paying your fees

Funding your studies

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 (Dutch abbreviation: TWV) for you. Your employer has to apply for this work permit for you with the UWV (information only available in Dutch).
NB. If you are a Japanese national you do not need a work permit.

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 can help you work out what you will be spending each month and how to best manage your expenses. You can fill in each box that applies to you and then 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 is available on our Transportation page. It includes sections on road, air, rail, bus and bicycle travel.

The University of Groningen also arranges an airport pick up service if you arrive at Schiphol. Check this page 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)

Social Media

There are a number of ways for you to stay in touch with what is happening at the University before, during, and after you arrive.

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

Last modified:07 January 2021 4.58 p.m.