Through the Housing Office, which is funded by the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, you can apply for a room.The Housing Office offers furnished accommodation in Groningen for new international students up to the first 12 months of one of the Universities.
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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 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 our 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 (Oude kijk in ‘t jatstraat 39). Their advice/help is for free, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you encounter any problems.
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.
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!