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About ESN Groningen

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ESN Groningen is a student organisation which is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). ESN Groningen is focused on the motto “students helping students” and this is achieved by organising over 150 activities for international students throughout the year, including a huge introduction week at the beginning of each semester to ensure that new international students have the best possible start that they can in Groningen.

ESN Groningen is organised for students, by students. The ESN Groningen board consists of six students who work full-time in order to provide the best possible experience for international students in Groningen.

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Pelsterstraat 23
9711 KH Groningen
050 363 7176

The ESN Office is closed until the regulations will change

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Do you have any questions?

I feel overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, where can I go?

If you ever feel the need to talk to someone about personal or confidential matters, you can always reach out to one of the confidential advisors of the Executive Board of ESN Groningen:  Mingke Schilstra (Integration Coordinator, +31 6 42256202) or Jelle Haisma (Treasurer, +316 21859119) If you feel more comfortable talking to someone outside of ESN Groningen, we can refer you to All Ears.

All Ears is an initiative that provides a listening ear for students. For most students their student time is a period in which major changes take place, a time when they are confronted with existential questions, a formative time in their lives. But sometimes they hardly get an opportunity to really come to grips with it: many students rush through their courses because of the pressure to graduate with a minimum of delay. It is understandable that students get stuck and feel they are floundering, sometimes leading to unpleasant consequences for their health and their studies.

You may find yourself struggling with problems or questions that require understanding and a “listening ear”. It can be a great help just to be able to talk to someone outside your own circle, e.g. to an All Ears worker. All Ears workers are not students themselves, but they are in close contact with students through their professional or personal background. Hence they have an intimate knowledge of the kind of problems “being a student” entails. These talks are low-threshold and without obligation. You can drop by without an appointment. Everything you discuss remains completely confidential. You can find more information on their website.

Do you receive an email after registration for an ESNcard?

After you order an ESNcard online, you will receive an email with the code of your card.
If you have not received an email within 24 hours, check your spam inbox and other mail folders like ‘social’ or ‘promotion.’

If you cannot find the email of your ESNcard code there, please send an email to

Where do I get my furniture?

There are a variety of options to acquire your furniture, the best fit depends on what you are searching for, your budget, and the service you are expecting. The first option is probably the most well-known one, IKEA offers the largest selection of furniture. You can buy your furniture here for not too high of a price. The second option would be to make use of the Swapcouch service, here you are able to rent your furniture, they will then deliver it to your doorstep, assemble it and ensure that everything is  according to your wish. Once you do not longer need the furniture they come and disassemble it and take it out of your room. So they do all the work for you. The third option is to buy your furniture at a second hand shop such as Mamamini, here you can buy furniture for a fraction of the price if you would buy it firsthand. Furthermore is better for the environment to reuse old furniture. There are plenty of options, and it really depends on what you are searching for.

What happens after I have placed my order?
After you have filled in your details and placed an order, we will contact you within 24 hours and agree up on an exact delivery date and time. At the delivery, our movers will run you through the contract after which you can sign it. The monthly rent and one time costs for delivery will be automatically taken from your bank account after the furniture is delivered, at the end of the month.

What is the minimum contract time?
The minimum contract time is 3 months.

What are the exact costs for leasing the furniture?
For delivering, assembling and picking up the furniture we charge a one time sum of €25. Other than that there are no additional costs besides the monthly lease sum. We also ask a deposit worth one month rent, which you of course will receive back if the furniture is still in the same condition.

Do you deliver to my room?
Yes, we deliver the furniture inside your room/apartment/studio and also assemble it. It does not matter which floor you live on. Our movers will take care of it!

What happens to the furniture after the lease period?
One week before the end of your lease contract, you can contact us and we will pick up the furniture. Therefore, you only have to make an appointment. No hassle for you once you leave town!



How do I stay involved /active within ESN?

With an ESN card you can buy tickets for all our events, you also receive the weekly newsletter. You can become active in one of our committees. We usually look for new committee members in May, and January. You can also become a board member if you want to commit yourself to ESN for one year full time. We look for a new board around March. If you don’t want to involve yourself that much into ESN, you can also help out during the Introduction Weeks as an Introduction Guide or Volunteer, become a buddy, or volunteer in SocialErasmus activities.

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