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House of Connections Groningen: how to get there? Route to the Agricola School and parking information

05 April 2023
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The Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development has moved to the House of Connections, located in the Groot Handelshuis building on the Grote Markt, which is locally known as the former V&D, that also houses the Jumbo.

The main entrance is on the right side of the front of the building, and after entering, you go straight up the large staircase to the central staircase. The House of Connections is located at the back of the central staircase on the first or second floor. It houses all four Schools for Science & Society of the University of Groningen, one of which is the Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development.

The first floor serves as the event space, and the second floor is equipped with flexible office, meeting, and workspace areas. There are no fixed workstations, but if you need help finding someone or don't have an appointment, you can ask one of the caretakers, Jan-Willem or Andres.

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Front side of the Groot Handelshuis. Photo left: the large entrance staircase at the entrance, central staircase, first floor of the House of Connections. Photos by Marco in 't Veldt.

Getting there

The Agricola School is located in the Groot Handelshuis building on Grote Markt NZ in the heart of Groningen. The Grote Markt is easily accessible by public transport. For those coming by bike or car, further information is provided below.

Wheelchair accessibility of the House of Connections

The House of Connections has two elevators. At the entrance, directly to the right of the stairs, there is an elevator. This can take you to the evenfloor on the first floor. If you want to go to the office space on the second floor, you will find another elevator on the first floor, located in the back left corner, which can take you from the first to the second floor. Next to the front doors of the House of Connections, there is a doorbell. You can ring it if you need assistance with opening this door.

Bicycle Parking

Due to the strict bicycle parking policy in the Agricola School's vicinity, it is recommended that you park your bike in the free bike cellar at the Grote Markt.

You can take the elevator from that cellar to the Agricola School on the first or second floor. All information about this bike cellar is available on their website.

(Note: Currently, the main entrance to this cellar is closed due to roadworks. You can still access the back entrance via an alley on Oude Boteringestraat, to the right of Land van Kokanje.)

Public Transport: train

The closest railway stations to Grote Markt are:

  • Groningen North is 1025 meters away, 14 min walk.

  • Groningen, Hoofdstation is 1215 meters away, 17 min walk.

Public transport: bus

These Bus lines stop near Grote Markt: 1, 10, 163, 304, 309, 324, 4, 6.

Get off at the Diepenring stop at Sint Jansbrug. Buses from the main railway station stop at the Stadsschouwburg. Travelers to the railway station can board on the opposite side, at the Provinciehuis

Car Parking

The Agricola School is located on Grote Markt where cars are not allowed. The School has no private parking. If you want to park your car nearby, you can park it within walking distance in the Forum parking garage (Schoolstraat 16). The cost is €22.00 per 24 hours. Directions to the Forum parking garage are provided above.

Other parking garages include:

· Centrum Parking Garage: Pelsterstraat 15 - €22.00 per 24 hours - Height: 1.90 m. (+/- 5 min. walk)

· Q-park Rademarkt: Rademarkt 27 - €23.00 per 24 hours - Height: 2.05 m. (+/- 7 min. walk)

· Boterdiep Parking Garage: Boterdiep 85 - €12.00 per 24 hours - Height: 2.00 m. (+/- 13 min. walk)

· Q-park P+R Hoofdstation: Cascadeplein - €16.04 per 24 hours - Height: 2.10 m. (+/- 18 min. walk)

P+R locations

Groningen also has several P+R locations where you can park cheaply. The recommended P+R is Haren. You can find the current bus times on the website:

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Interior of the House of Connections. Photo's: Marco in 't Veldt
Last modified:05 July 2023 10.10 a.m.
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