FAQ


Housing in Groningen

Below the frequently asked questions

Can I live on campus?

Groningen doesn’t have a student campus like many other city’s have. Students live in student houses in the city center or around the city center.

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Does the university has their own dorms?

No, the RUG and Hanze has no dorms. Students have to find their own accommodation. For internationals there is also the SSH. They profid accommodations for only internationals.

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When should I start looking for a house or room?

You should start looking for accommodations monts before you arrive, preferably 3-4 months. It can be really hard to find a room or house. Even for Dutch students.

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Is it allowed to have visitors on my room?

Ofcourse! It’s normal to have friends over, but if they want to sleep over you should always ask your roommates if that is okay. If your friends want tot stay longer than more than one night, you should also ask you landord for permession.

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What do I have to pay for a room or a house?

It really depands what kind of room you have. It depands on the size, the location, the quality, and the landlord. For a room you’ll pay around the 200-450 euros. For a studio you’ll pay around the 400-700 euros. For a 2 bedroom apartment you’ll pay around the 600-1000 euros.

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When do I have to pay the rent?

It depands how it’s set in your contract. Normally you have to pay your rent at the end of the month 24-30/31. You pay your rent for the next month at the end of this month. So for example you pay on October 24th your rent for the month November.

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Are utilities included in the rent?

If you rent a room it’s normal that the utilities are included. For apartment is depands on the landlord. If you rent a social apartment it’s more normal that the utilities are included. If you rent a free sector apartment you normally have to arrange your own utilities.

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Are pets allowed in my house / my room?

Normally pets aren’t allowed. You should discuss this with your landlord of it’s possible to have a pet in you room or apartment.

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Can I rent a furnished room?

It’s possible! It depands on if you room of apartment is offert furnished. If you search online you’ll always see in the header or info if the room is furnished or not.

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Where can I start searching for a room / house?

There are a lot of website and rental offices where you can find rooms and apartments. In the link you’ll find a list of the most used websites and of a lot of rental offices.

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How do I know when someone scams me?

There are a lot of ways of getting scammed. You should be really carefull if you find accommodation online. Never ever pay if you haven’t signed a contract or  got a key. We have a full page with info about not getting scammed!

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Law and Contracts

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Is a verbal agreement legally binding?

Yes it is! But there are some conditions. Of someone offers you something you have to accept it the same day. There also has to be someone to confirm the agreement.

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Is my rental contract going to be in English or in Dutch?

It depands on your landlord or real estate office of you get an English or Dutch contract. If you get a Dutch contract you can always ask if you can get one in English. If that is not possible you should ask a dutch friend to read it before signing it!

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How is my rental price being calculated?

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What are the most common issues I can face while renting a place?

There can be a lot of difficulities when finding a new place. For instance it can be hard finding a place but also the language problems can be hard

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Where can I get assistance in case I face issues with renting?

There are several places where you can get some legal advice if you got problems with your renting. Problems they handle are: paying to much rent or service costs, don’t getting your deposit back and several other problems.

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Adress registration

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What is a BSN?  

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Why do I need a BSN?

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How do I obtain a BSN?  

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Why do I need to register with the Municipality?

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Can I register for my family with the Municipality?  

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Should my documents be in a particular format?  

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How long will it take to receive my BSN?

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Financial matters

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