Coming to Groningen, Pick-up service, ISIC Mobility Card

What is the best way to reach Groningen? And once you´re here, how to get to our campus? Answers to this, information about our Pick-up service and a great offer for a mobility card for international students can be found below. 

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Public transport card with discount for international students

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen and Student Mobility have arranged a special public transport card with discount for international students.

In the Netherlands you need an OV-chipkaart (OV-chipcard) to travel around with the train, bus, metro and tram. There are two possibilities: an anonymous card without any discount or a personal card, where you need a Dutch debit card. Both options are not ideal for international students. That is why Student Mobility together with ISIC (International Student Identity Card) created the Student Mobility Card, a custom-made mobility card for international students. Reserve the Student Mobility Card prior to your arrival in Groningen.

Basic card or additional services

Buy the basic card for €15,- and sign up (optional) for services and discount created for international students for a monthly fee of €4,50 and get:

  • 15% discount during off-peak hours on national railway (NS).
  • A digital ISIC Membership, with discounts in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.
  • Arriva / Q-Buzz discount card for 12 months. This discount will be offered to you by the OV-bureau and Arriva: 40% discount during off-peak hours on all Arriva buses in Friesland, all Q-Buzz buses in Groningen and Drenthe as well as all Arriva trains in Groningen and Friesland (with the exception of the Arriva trains from Emmen).
    Off peak hours are: for buses before 7 am and after 9 am; for Arriva trains: before 6.30 am and after 9 am. There are no off peak hours during the weekend and national holidays!
  • Customized application process for international students.
  • Automatic top-up option (no more topping up of balance).
  • Travel data, customer service etc in ISIC mobility app.
  • Access to shared bikes.

You need to sign-up for your card here, which includes the public transport card + the digital ISIC card. 

Order the Student Mobility Card here

Finding your way to Groningen and Hanze UAS without the Student Mobility Card and more...

It is easy to find your way by public transport from any city to Groningen. 

From Schiphol or Eindhoven Airport to Groningen

You can buy a train ticket together with a Student mobility card online or without the mobility card directly from the website of our main rail company NS. It is also possible to buy your ticket at the NS ticket desk or at one of the yellow ticket machines at the trainstation. 

When you have bought your ticket, check the electronic signs showing the departure time and platform for the train to Groningen Central Station (CS). We advise you to take the direct train to Groningen CS so you do not have to carry your luggage from one train to another. The journey will take 2-3 hours.

Check out this Travel Guide to Groningen for a clear overview on how to travel from Schiphol to your student house in Groningen!

From Groningen CS to Hanze UAS (Zernike Campus)

Once you have arrived at Groningen CS station, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. The taxis are waiting outside the train station. There is also a publication board showing the buslines and their destination.

By bus
You can take line 11 or 15 to Zernike Campus. Click here for the time table.

By car
You can find your route description to Hanze UAS here. 


Pick-up service 

The Hanze Pick-up Service helps you to travel to your accommodation! 

Apply for our (free) pick-up service and  get picked up from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam/The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, or Groningen train station. A Hanze student will travel with you from your arrival location to your accommodation in Groningen.

There are a couple of things you need to know before applying: 

  • The pick-up service is available until 3 September 2021.

  • You cannot make use of the pick-up service if you come from a high-risk country and therefore need to self-quarantine upon arriving in the Netherlands. Check this page to see whether this applies to you.

  • We can pick you up between 9AM to 9PM. If you arrive before this time, we'll ask you to wait until 9AM. If you arrive after 9PM you can decide to travel to Groningen by yourself, or you can book a place for the night and get picked up the next morning.
  • Book the pick-up service at least 7 days before you arrive in the Netherlands. We prefer if you would book it even earlier, as soon as you know when you'll arrive. If you do not book the pick-up service 7 days before your arrival date, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to arrange the pick-up service for you.
  • The pick-up service is free, but you need to pay for your own travel costs. such as your train or bus tickets. 
  • When your pick-up request has been processed, you will receive the contact details from the person who will help you to travel to Groningen. This person will reach out to you to make sure everything will run smoothly.
  • When you apply for a pickup you can tell us if you come alone or together with other students. Make sure to fill in the details of your travel companion.

Click here to apply for the Hanze pick-up service!


Travelling to the Netherlands and Covid-19

You can find all the information on our Covid-19 page.

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