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Accommodation

It can be quite a challenge finding accommodation in Dutch student cities. In the popular city of Groningen over 20,000 students will all be looking for housing at the same time as you so start searching as soon as you can. We advise that you find accommodation before the start of your studies and should be aware that the University of Groningen is not a campus university, therefore does not offer campus accommodation. If you are studying at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden, there are plenty of accommodation options available.

Check out our video to see the different types of accommodation on offer and handy tips for finding a room.

Private accommodation

There are a number of private accommodation options available not only in Groningen but in the surrounding areas. The best way to find this is by checking out At Home in Groningen which is a platform in collaboration between the University of Groningen, the municipality and other stakeholders. At the moment there are rooms available in the Peizerweg, the Suikerlaan (Sugar Homes) and the Vondellaan with more to be added. The website is frequently updated.

You can also find details of other accommodation options in the city including private housing providers and temporary housing solutions (such as hostels).

There are a number of Facebook groups set up for (international) students but it is very important to be careful when engaging with people offering accommodation as there are scammers active on these groups.

The above options should help you to find housing before you arrive in Groningen but be sure to keep referring back to At Home in Groningen which has a wealth of information.

You can email us at the University for additional information.

SSH Student Housing

Every year the University reserves 1,550 rooms 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. Please note that most of the rooms offered through SSH have been reserved for the September 2021 start. A few rooms are still available but these are reserved for double degree master students and for University College Groningen students.

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).

Can I still apply for SSH Housing?

As mentioned, the majority of rooms at SSH have been reserved but by visiting the SSH website and clicking on Groningen, you will be able to check what is still available. To reserve a room you will need to have received a conditional, provisional or unconditional offer from the University’s admissions office. Contact admissions if you need information about the status of your offer.

Campus Fryslân

Are you planning on doing a master's degree at Campus Fryslân? Rooms are easier to find in Leeuwarden where the faculty is based and you can find more Leeuwarden accommodation tips here.

University College Groningen and University College Fryslân

If you are joining a programme at University College Groningen or University College Fryslân - you will be living residentially with your classmates.

Accomodation

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 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.


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Last modified:14 June 2021 3.44 p.m.