Types of housing

Groningen offers a variety of housing options for students. One of the easiest and more convenient housing options is student houses. A number of these houses offer a private furnished room, which is great since you do not have to burden yourself with IKEA shopping. Other facilities, such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry and common areas are normally shared with other students. You can book a room in a student house while you are still in your home country, which gives you certainty to have a roof above your head upon the arrival to the city. Additionally, you have a fixed price, meaning that your rental price includes gas, water, electricity, internet, etc. However, there is a drawback of the short-stay option – you can only have a rental contract for a fixed period. After this term expires, you should find a new place yourself. Thus, studenthousing looks like a good option for exchange and short-stay students. In case you are planning to stay longer (e.g. for your Bachelor, Master, PhD etc.), you might want to consider other options.

Next to the student houses, there are multiple offers on the private housing market. Different websites and real estate agencies offer diverse accommodations, such as rooms and apartments. You can choose whether to live alone or with shared facilities. The rental price differs depending on the size of the room, number of housemates, location and other factors.

Keywords for rental websites

Te huur = for rent
Verhuurd = rented out
Tijdelijk = temporary
Beschikbaar = available
Kaal = bare (no flooring, ceiling lights, window dressing and limited kitchen appliances)
Gemeubileerd = furnished
Borg = security deposit
Exclusief = excluding (as in utilities)
Inclusief = including
Keuken = kitchen
Koelkast = refrigerator
Fornuis = stove
Gasplaat = gas stove
Oven = oven
Magnetron = microwave
Afwasmachine = dish washer
Wasmachine = washing machine
Droger  = dryer
Woonkamer = living room / dining room
Open haard  = fireplace
Slaapkamer  = bedroom
Badkamer  = bathroom
Douche = shower
Bad = bath tub
Wastafel  = sink
Balkon  = balcony
Tuin = garden / yard
Tegel  = tile
Tapijt  = carpet
Laminaat = laminate wood flooring
Gemeentebelastingen = municipal taxes (garbage, sewers, etc.)
Waterschapsbelasting = water tax