Ensure that you have found a room before August 1st if you will be studying in Groningen. If you decide to come to Groningen without pre-arranged housing, then you are highly likely to find yourself in hotels or hostels, if there is still space. This will involve high costs, inconvenience, and stress. This will likely last for a long period of time, probably months after your arrival. If you find a house outside of the city, then make sure you consider the potential extra travel time and travel costs. If you have not found accommodation before August 1, we strongly advise you not to come to Groningen.
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:
The housing situation in Groningen – look for accommodation as soon as possible!
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, as universities do not provide housing for incoming (exchange) students.
In Groningen, the best student city in the Netherlands, finding accommodation can be quite challenging. Therefore, we would urge you to take responsibility for finding accommodation independently to ensure you find the most suitable option for yourself on time.
At Home in Groningen
At Home in Groningen is a website of the municipality in Groningen, on which new available rooms offered by trusted landlords will be posted regularly. The website provides you with all information you need about finding accommodation in Groningen, your legal rights, neighbourhoods, and financial matters.
Hospi Housing is an organization that matches students to a host or guest family. You will have your own private room and shared facilities like a kitchen and bathroom. Hospi Housing has a big network of verified hosts and guest families. You can apply and use their platform for free. Hospi Housing collaborates with the Municipality of Groningen.
On room.nl, you can find an overview of the accommodation that Lefier offers. Lefier is a non-profit housing corporation, which has a large and varied offer for students in the city of Groningen.
SSH Student Housing
Through SSH, an organisation that 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 their stay in Groningen. SSH acts as an intermediary in finding temporary accommodation for international students.
The Student Hotel
The Student Hotel offers fully furnished rooms with a lot of included services.
Kamernet is a website that is used by Dutch students as well as landlords to give an overview of all available rooms. Most of the rooms on this website are not furnished. To be able to access the rooms that are available you will have to create an account that will allow you to view and reply to the rooms. You can check out their Facebook page here.
RentSlam is a website on which you can find checked, reliable links to offered rental properties.
Ghuus is a website that gives an overview of available accommodation of multiple housing corporations in Groningen.
There are multiple pages on Facebook where students post their room, either temporarily or for a longer period. Some rooms are left furnished, whereas others are empty.
Student Housing Groningen and Groningen Housing are two examples of useful Facebook groups.
Housing Anywhere is a website for exchange students who would like to rent a room in a Dutch student house from a Dutch student that sublets its room. Only students can post advertisements on this website (so no landlords) and all advertisers are verified.
Groningen Student’s Union (GSb)
GSb is the Groningen Student’s Union (Groninger Studenten Bond in Dutch). The Union fights for the interests of students who study at Hanze University of Applied Sciences or the University of Groningen. Their vision is that all students should have access to the best education and housing. You can ask your questions to the legal helpdesk (050-3634675) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Their advice/help is for free, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you encounter any problems. For rent-specific questions, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frently is an organisation that helps students with paying 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 students, 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.
Remember that if you are looking for a room via Kamernet or Facebook (so not via a real estate manager or an educational institution), it is important to write a nice (informal) message about yourself, with what you like to do, what you study, what you are looking for in your roommates and other relevant information. Students in Groningen often choose 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. Going by a student house to get to know the residents is called “hospiteren” in Dutch. If you send a message to a landlord, you can be more formal.
We wish you good luck finding a room & hope you have a great stay here!