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.
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.
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.
There are five official housing corporations offering both private and shared housing in Groningen. They concern themselves with social housing and affordable living for everybody. Lefier, Nijestee, De Huismeesters and Patrimonium act as mediators between landlords and tenants. They have combined their available rooms in Ghuus.
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.
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.
Nido Student offers her students fully furnished studio’s and is located right next to the Zernike Campus. All rooms at Nido Groningen come with a double bed and a private bathroom and kitchen area. Their brand-new residence has plenty of social & study spaces, a TV lounge and games area, private parking & bike storage and an on-site gym. Visit www.nidostudent.nl/en for more information about their accommodation, available from February 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register