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Accommodation

Finding somewhere to live can be daunting, especially if you are moving to the Netherlands for the first time. Around 10,000 students will all be looking for a room at the same time in Groningen and Leeuwarden so start your search as soon as possible. It is your own responsibility to find a place to live. The University of Groningen does NOT provide accommodation for students. Please check at home in Groningen for available accommodation.

Please do not underestimate the challenge of finding accommodation as it is often a long and stressful process. Therefore, finding accommodation is a priority and you should reserve a room as early as possible. For example, if you are starting your studies in September, we strongly advise that you begin actively looking for a room in April.

Ensure that you have found a room before 1 August if you will be studying in Groningen or Leeuwarden. If you decide to come to Groningen or Leeuwarden without pre-arranged housing, then you are highly likely to find yourself in hotels or hostels, if there is still space. This will involve high costs, inconvenience, and stress. This will likely last for a long period of time, probably months after your arrival. If you find accommodation outside of the city, then make sure you consider the potential extra travel time and travel costs. If you have not found accommodation before 1 August, we strongly advise you not to come to Groningen or Leeuwarden.

Temporary accommodation
Through the housing organisation SSH (Stichting Studenten Huisvesting), a limited amount of temporary housing has been made available for new, international students. Create your SSH account as of the 15th of April. Booking starts on the 2nd of May 2024. There is a limited number of rooms available and it's your own responsibility to register on time.

For more information, please visit the housing platform www.athomeingroningen.com. Further housing opportunities can still be found via roomfinder.athomeingroningen.com.

Below you can find a video with student testimonials about the difficulties they encountered in finding housing:

The Municipality of Groningen has recently started a collaboration with Hospi Housing, which connects students with verified local hosts and guest families. In this way, you can find a room and at the same time meet residents who know Groningen well, which will help you create new cultural connections and feel at home in the city. Signing up, searching and chatting with hosts is free of charge for an unlimited amount of time. If you find a room on the platform, Hospi Housing charges a one-time fee equalling 50% of the first month’s rent. In return they ensure that the platform is 100% scam-free, support you in the matchmaking process and help draft a contract.

A useful starting place when searching for housing is www.athomeingroningen.com. This platform was set up by the municipality and educational institutions in the city of Groningen - including the UG - and is intended as a 'one-stop shop' in finding accommodation. As well as a directory of available private sector rooms, the website outlines the housing situation in Groningen, explains (Dutch language) rental terminology and offers advice on how to avoid being scammed online.

SSH Student Housing, number of rooms limited

If you are coming to Groningen for the first time, and you apply within a few days, you can rent one of the rooms the University has reserved for new international students with SSH Student Housing. SSH is a non-profit housing corporation specialised in student accommodation, with furnished rooms available for a maximum of one year. You can choose from a single or double room or a studio, with prices currently ranging from €300 to €660 a month, including all utilities (rent, heating, electricity, furniture, and internet access). Make sure to check the website for the latest information on room pricing.

Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€100) as well as the first and last month’s rent at the time of your reservation. There are several  SSH International Student Houses  across the city where you can live with students from all over the world.

SSH housing is not available for PhD students except in the case of ultra-short-stay contracts (details can be received from the relevant graduate school).

How can I apply for SSH Housing?

On April 15, students can register at SSH Groningen. Degree students can reserve a room from May 2nd onward and exchange students from June 20. Please be aware that reservations are fully booked within a few days.

Simply go to the SSH website, click on Groningen  and then on "Reserve your room or residence in Groningen". Remember to apply as early as possible. You are able to reserve your room once you have received a conditional, provisional or unconditional offer from the University - don’t delay!

Please follow these steps:

  1. Once you have an offer from the UG, you can register for accommodation at SSH. After you register, you will receive information from us about how to finalise your registration.

  2. You can start looking for a room on the SSH site and book it (it’s a fully automated process). During this process, you will automatically sign the rental agreement.

  3. After the booking is finalised, please pay the reservation fee and the first and last month’s rent within 24 hours using a MasterCard or Visa.

Please note that once you have reserved a room with SSH, you have a limited timeframe within which to cancel your reservation. Once the contract has started it can only be terminated prematurely in the case of specific personal circumstances. Details on cancellation options for an SSH rental contract can also be found on the page linked above.

Private accommodation in Groningen

In case all SSH accommodation is fully booked, you need to look for private accommodation in or around Groningen or Leeuwarden. Be aware, accommodation in the city of Groningen is high in demand, be prepared also to look outside Groningen. There are several ways to find private accommodation in the city. We have worked with the Groningen Municipality and Hanze University of Applied Sciences to create a website called  At Home In Groningen  (AHIG), which offers student rooms with reliable landlords that have been screened by the municipality and provides additional information about living in Groningen. Another option is to search for a room on Hospi Housing, which connects students with verified local hosts and guest families. The platform allows you to search accommodation and contact hosts for free but charges a one-time fee once you have found a room. Living with a local host is a great way to quickly get to know the ins and outs of your new city.

Alternatively, you can search for accommodation in the private sector e.g. via rental agencies or social media (Facebook for example), but we ask you to be aware of scammers as this is a serious problem in student cities such as Groningen. Until you have seen your room in person and received your keys, don’t pay any money. A list of housing alternatives can be found on the AHIG website.

You can also email (housingUG rug.nl) the University of Groningen should you need further information.

Private accommodation in Leeuwarden

Will you study at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden or are you planning to stay in Leeuwarden for your study in Groningen? Based on our experience in previous years, accommodation in Leeuwarden is relatively easier, however the city has experienced a shortage of places. Therefore we highly recommend starting your search as soon as possible after receiving an offer from the university. Most available accommodation is shared in the private sector, e.g. via rental agencies or social media. Please be aware that scammers are also active in Leeuwarden. Until you have seen your room in person and received your keys, don’t pay any money.

Advice on looking for accommodation

We urge you to be aware that there are untrustworthy landlords and unreliable room rental agencies out there. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Many students will be trying to find a place to live at the beginning of the academic year and during the summer months. It’s therefore wise to start looking for a room as early as possible.
  • Always use official websites or companies that you can trace to a physical address.
  • The agency costs and rental fees of both commercial agencies and private landlords can be high. Remain critical, visit the room beforehand and always read your contract carefully.
  • Be aware of scammers.
  • Do not pay anything before you have a written contract and always ask for a receipt of payment.
  • If the rent looks too good to be true for the location/type of housing, or the pictures are unidentifiable, you might be looking at something that is not genuine.
  • Avoid identity theft: never send a copy of your passport to strangers. If you do share a copy of your passport, make sure to block personal
  • If you wish to rent a room in a building that has three or more residents, you should check if the proprietor has the correct permit.
  • Do not go to a viewing alone. If possible, take a Dutch speaker with you.

Tips on finding accommodation

We urge you to be aware that there are untrustworthy landlords and unreliable room rental agencies out there. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Many students will be trying to find a place to live at the beginning of the academic year and during the summer months. It’s therefore wise to start looking for a room as early as possible.
  • Always use official websites or companies that you can trace to a physical address.
  • The agency costs and rental fees of both commercial agencies and private landlords can be high. Remain critical, visit the room beforehand and always read your contract carefully.
  • Be aware of scammers.
  • Do not pay anything before you have a written contract and always ask for a receipt of payment.
  • If the rent looks too good to be true for the location/type of housing, or the pictures are unidentifiable, you might be looking at something that is not genuine.
  • Avoid identity theft: never send a copy of your passport to strangers. If you do share a copy of your passport, make sure to block personal
  • If you wish to rent a room in a building that has three or more residents, you should check if the proprietor has the correct permit.
  • Do not go to a viewing alone. If possible, take a Dutch speaker with you.

University College accommodation

If you are joining a programme at University College Groningen or University College Fryslân - you will be living residentially with your classmates. Here you will get your own studio with a private kitchen, bathroom, living space and bedroom and only the 'common area' is shared with classmates to study together or socialize. We recommend contacting your faculty if you have any questions about your stay.

Corona measures

Please note: At this point in time there are no Covid-19 regulations in place. It is your own responsibility to act according to the newest Covid-19 rules / regulations set by the Dutch government.


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Last modified:11 June 2024 3.29 p.m.