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Estimation of costs

(Image: Groningen is a bicycle friendly city, and almost every student travels around town via bicycle)

Living and Accommodation Expenses

About € 500 in cash will be enough to cover any regular expenses during the first few days. Students arriving in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport can get a direct train from the airport to Groningen usually once every hour (or every half hour if having to change trains along the way). From the airport to Groningen takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. A one-way second-class ticket from Schiphol to Groningen costs about € 25.

Expenses incurred by the average student are estimated as follows:

What Cost

Course costs

Textbooks and readers Around € 600 per year
Housing Rent (incl. water, electricity, internet, etc.) € 250 to € 650 per month*
Telephone Prepaid sim cards or a telephone plan € 26 per month on average
Food and drink

Meals, groceries, etc.

€ 150 to € 250 per month
Bikes Used bicycle € 70 to € 110
Travel expenses For students who do not have a dutch OV-travelcard € 62 per month on average
Insurance Health care, third-party, fire and theft insurance € 100 to € 120 per month
Additional costs Clothes, sports, etc € 75 to € 200 per month

Please be aware of the fact that exchange rates can vary greatly from time to time. Always calculate the amount of money you need at the current exchange rate.

* The price of a room/studio depends on its location, size, and how many people the facilities (bathroom, kitchen) are shared with. Housing/rooms in the city centre will generally cost more than outside the city centre. Some rooms are furnished, some are not (will usually say in advert). More about accommodation can be found here.

Last modified:21 December 2017 1.05 p.m.