Finding somewhere to live can be daunting, especially if you are moving to the Netherlands for the first time. Around 20,000 students will all be looking for a room at the same time in Groningen so start your search as soon as possible. It is your own responsibility to find somewhere to live. The University of Groningen does NOT provide accommodation for students.
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 August 1st if you will be studying in Groningen. If you decide to come to Groningen 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 a house outside of the city, then make sure you consider the potential extra travel time and travel costs. If you have not found accommodation before August 1, we strongly advise you not to come to Groningen
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.
On April 26th, students can register at SSH Groningen. Degree students can reserve a room from May 9th onward and exchange students from June 2nd. Please be advised that rooms are fully booked within a few weeks. In addition, availability and choice within the private rental market become increasingly limited the longer you wait, with prices increasing when there is a shortage of rooms in the city.
University College Groningen/Campus Fryslân/University College Fryslân accommodation
We highly recommend that you look for a room or an apartment as soon as you have received an offer from the University. If you are going to study at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden then the same will apply as in Groningen: start your search on time!
Are you are planning on doing a master's degree at Campus Fryslân? You can find more information about accommodation in Leeuwarden on the finding accommodation page.
Please note: due to the adaptive nature of Covid-19, the guidelines and rules of the Dutch government & authorities are subject to regular change and therefore it is your own responsibility to act according to the newest Covid-19 rules / regulations set in place.
Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.
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