Living in Groningen starts with a place to stay! Some find rooms in the blink of an eye, some have more issues when it comes to finding a new “home”. Please use the tabs to see information on finding a room, contract issues and general concerns regarding your room!
Watch out for swindlers! They will try to persuade you to pay in advance for a room that is not theirs to rent out or doesn’t even exist. Always take the following precautions:
– NEVER pay rent and/or the deposit in advance when you haven’t seen the room yet! • Not even to Dutch postal companies like TNT who supposedly will send you the key of the room after you’ve paid them (they do not provide this service!)
• Never use Money Gram or Western Union to pay your ‘landlord’!
– NEVER send copies of your ID!
• And don’t trust the copy of the ID that was send to you; it probably belongs to a previous victim
– Google the name and email address of the person you’re in contact with
– Be on your guard when the ‘landlord’ doesn’t live in the Netherlands
– Nevertheless a victim to swindle/fraud? Report it to the police!
How to find a room?!
It can sometimes be tricky to find a room when you’re coming from abroad. So we’ve written down some useful tips to help you out!
As you might already know, Groningen is a major student city where students are literally living all over the place. There are a lot of student houses filled with students, and even big buildings especially for international students. But finding a room can be difficult. If you encounter troubles with your room or landlord, you can contact different organisations who will be able to support you. Information about this can also be found below.
Housing situation in Groningen – apply for accommodation on time!
In the Netherlands, the organization of student accommodation differs from that in many other countries. Students are expected to find their own accommodation on the private market.
In Groningen, the best student city of the Netherlands, finding accommodation can be quite challenging. Therefore, we would like to urge you to take responsibility for finding accommodation independently to ensure you find the most suitable option for yourself on time.
From early July, there will be new available rooms for international students published via a special supply and demand module at this website.
At Home in Groningen
At Home in Groningen is a website by the municipality in Groningen, to provide you with all the information you need as well as the housing offers by trusted landlords.
Through SSH, which is funded by the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, you can apply for a room. SSH offers furnished accommodation in Groningen for new international students up to the first 12 months of one of the Universities. SSH acts as an intermediary in finding temporary accommodation for international students. SSH is full for the first semester of the academic year 2019-2020
The Student Hotel
The Student Hotel is the new, most stylish, comfy and exciting space in town! It’s all been designed around your needs; 3-minute commutes to the University of Groningen means more time to snooze in your comfy bed. A trendy bike to make the journey even quicker. Pulling an all-nighter? Enjoy our comfy study spots, procrastinate with ping pong, or take a break in the gym with a vigorous workout. Add to that a welcoming community and maybe the best friends you’ll ever meet… who said university was tough?
The municipality has information on their website for internationals looking for a room in Groningen. Check out their website: https://www.athomeingroningen.com/ This website provides you with a lot of information about finding a room, your legal rights, neighbourhoods, and financial matters.
If you are looking for a regular room in a Dutch student house amongst the locals there is a very popular website, which is basically a platform for people who want to make their room available. Most of the rooms on “kamernet” are rooms that are not furnished. However; there are also temporary rooms which are furnished on this website. To be able to access the rooms that are available you will have to create an account which will allow you to view and reply to the rooms. You can check out their facebook page here
Another good option for finding a room is via Facebook. There are multiple pages where students post their room either temporarily or for a longer period. Some rooms are left furnished, whereas others are empty.
Student Housing Groningen
Housing Anywhere is a website for students who have come for an exchange semester to our city and would like to rent a room in a Dutch student house from a Dutch student that sublets its room. Only students can post advertisements (so no landlords). All advertisers are verified, so you don’t have to worry about that. Be aware that in general accommodation is very scarce, especially short stay accommodation!
GSb is the Groningen Student’s Union (Groninger Studenten Bond in Dutch). The Union fights for the interests of students who study at the Hanze University or the University of Groningen. Their vision is that all students should have access to the best education and housing. Committees in the GSB solve problems for students about housing, education, work, and income. Ask your questions to the legal helpdesk (050-3634675) or email to email@example.com or pass by their office (Muurstraat 12-16). Their advice/help is for free, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you encounter any problems. For rent specific questions, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
GSB has also made a Housing Guide about Dutch housing law and tips. You can pick it up at our office as well, but you can also read it online here.
Frently is an organization that helps students to pay a fair rental price. In the Netherlands, a landlord is only allowed to charge a certain rental price for an accommodation. This maximum price is calculated with a legal point system. Unfortunately, landlords take advantage of unknowing internationals, resulting in 75% of the students paying too much rent. Frently provides legal advice and will come by your house to check if you pay a fair price (free of charge). They will reduce your rent, without your landlord being able to kick you out.
Frently is located at Nieuwe Ebbingestraat 69. Their website is www.frently.nl.
Getting internet in your accomodation can be quite a challenge, especially since the broadband providers in the Netherlands don’t offer much information in English. For this purpose, Prijsvergelijken has published an extensive guide about arranging broadband internet: Guide
Remember if you are looking for a room via Kamernet or Facebook (so not via a real estate manager or the university), it is important to write a nice message about yourself, what you like to do, what you study, what you are looking for in your roommates etc. Students in Groningen choose most of the time themselves who they want to live with. Therefore they appreciate it when you write something about yourself, so they know a bit more about you.
We wish you good luck finding a room & hope you have a great stay here!