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, we will publish available rooms for international students via a special supply and demand module at this website.
 
SSH
SSH acts as an intermediary in finding temporary accommodation for international students. Students can register at SSH from 7 May 2018 here. In the meantime, the university has approved housing registrations. SSH rooms for university students are fully booked now.
Students of Hanze UAS can still register. For more information about specific registration rules, visit Hanzegroningen.eu
 

Housing Office
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. 

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?

Municipality Groningen
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. 
 

Kamernet
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

Huurwoningen.nl

Huurwoningen.nl is the biggest independent rental website in the Netherlands, where landlords can advertise their property.  You can check out their Facebook.

Facebook
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
Groningen Housing
Housing Announcements 

Housing Anywhere
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
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 steunpunt@groningerstudentenbond.nl 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.
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
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.


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!