Finding a home


If you want to make sure to get a room that suits your wishes, we advise you to start searching at least three months before you arrive in Groningen. It will be very difficult to find a room right before the start of the semester.

How do you find your home?

**** News update **** (date 9 August 2019)

Short-term accommodation facilities

If you have not found anything by August, as a last resort there will be temporary (peak) accommodation available.
From August 9th until October 9th 2019 SSH/Lefier will provide temporary housing for students from the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Esdoornflat (120 furnished rooms).

About the complex
The Esdoornflat is located in the north of the city, about 15 minutes (by bicycle) from the city centre and about 10 minutes from the Zernike University campus.
There are 11 floors in the building; each one is divided into 2 corridors with 15 rooms each, two bathrooms, a kitchen and common area shared with 15 other students. The size of your private room will be around 11m2.
It includes all the basics you need: a bed, mattress, desk, chair and a lamp.

Rental price and reservation
The rent for each room is all-inclusive (also internet).
The price is €372,- per month (€12,- per night).
The rental price will be calculated in accordance with the start date of your contract so you never pay too much.

It is not possible to book the rooms in advance.
From August 9, you can go directly to the Esdoornflat for a room. The address is Esdoornlaan 226B, 9741 KJ Groningen.
Contact: esdoorn@sshxl.nl, mobile: +31(0) 650284102.

Opening times are:
Friday 9 August: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday 10 August: 3 pm to 5 pm
Sunday 11 August: 3 pm to 5 pm

From Monday 12 August SSH/Lefier will run regular opening times. These are the following:
Monday from 9 am. to 4 pm
Tuesday from 9 am to 4 pm
Wednesday from 9 am to 12.30 pm
Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm
Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

There are several organisations, corporations and agencies which offer accommodation.

International Student Houses
SSH is a non-profit organisation that acts as an intermediary in finding temporary and furnished accommodation for international students. They offer a room for a maximum period of twelve months. You can register at SSH as soon as you have received your (provisional) letter of acceptance.

SSH has several international student houses and in each student house, there will be a (Dutch) residence assistant. He or she is your first contact before you arrive in your room. Most of them will live in the same house.

Housing corporations
There are four official housing corporations offering both private and shared housing in Groningen. They concern themselves with social housing and affordable living for everybody. Nijestee, De Huismeesters and Patrimonium act as mediators between landlords and tenants.

To see the housing options of all four corporations, you have to apply via Woningnet. You will pay € 21,30 annually for your account. If you are specifically looking for student rooms, you can also apply via Lefier. Lefier has three buildings in which many internationals live. You will have to pay €30 for your account. Woningnet and Lefier work with a point system; the more points you have, the greater the chances are of finding a place.

Estate agencies
Many apartments that are rented out to expats or students are found through agencies, such as Rotsvast,DC wonen 123Wonen , Student Stay, , Van der Meulen and Noorderlijk Woningvastgoed. They offer different options and give advice on anything regarding housing. Sometimes you have to pay the agency before you can see their offer.

If you decide to let an agency work for you, there are often costs involved which are not legally valid. Many tenants paid a fee to an agent that, according to Dutch law, is often not permitted. It is only permitted to pay a fee when you ask the agency for a search request to find accommodation for you. In most cases, the price is one month’s rent + 21% tax.

The Groningen Student Union (GSB), SOG, KAB and the municipality have made a website with detailed information about mediation costs and a complaint and question form: www.steunpuntbemiddelingskosten.nl. The GSB also offers free legal advice to students who experience problems with housing and have disagreements with their landlords. With the handy Housing Guide, you can find a lot of information.

Studios at Oosterhamrikkade
Each of the 180 furnished studios at the Oosterhamrikkade has a laminate floor, floor heating, curtains, television, private bathroom and private kitchen. The building has a common study room and bike storage. You can contact groningen@xior.nl to register.

Don't forget to use your network

It’s helpful to let everyone know that you are looking for housing. Use your network: friends and social media. And don’t be too picky. Of course you want a large room with private bathroom only five minutes by bike from the university, but that is often hard to find. Be prepared to settle for less.