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History of student life


The city of Groningen is well known as a lively student town. From it's first beginnings the university has attracted students from all corners of the Netherlands, as well as from abroad.

Student life in Groningen has therefore always been rich and diverse. Groningen also can boast the oldest student fraternity in the Netherlands, dating from 1815.

student societies

Student fraternities

For a long time the university banned the formation of student fraternities, because the board of governors was afraid of disturbances of the peace and the harmful effect these could have on the university's good standing.


student life

Student life

The university provided all sorts of facilities for students, such as a burse, a student refectory, where students could eat for a small fee.


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