Housing

In the Netherlands, student housing is generally not arranged by the university; it is your own responsibility. We understand that this may come as a surprise, and finding accommodation may require a lot of effort for some of you. Each year around 20,000 students start their studies at Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. So, finding a room is a massive challenge. We strongly advise you to be prepared, start searching as soon as possible and explore multiple possibilities. Haven't found a room at the 1st of August? Then we advise you not to come to Groningen. On this page we help you get started. 

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Student housing in general
Students usually rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students, but you can also rent a room or studio apartment on your own. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on various platforms. You can find a selection of these platforms on the bottom of this page. Please be aware that you are an incoming student at a moment when many students are trying to find a room. The fact that there is a huge housing shortage on the Dutch housing market, this is why we urge you to read the following.

Our advise
Make sure you have arranged accommodation in Groningen before the 1st of August. If you decide to come to Groningen without a place to stay, you will likely be depending on staying at hostels or hotels for a longer period of time. This comes with high costs, discomfort and stress. If you do not have a room on August 1st, we advise you not to come to Groningen. 


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How to prepare and start your search 

Finding accomodation as an international student? Watch the video! Experience experts Viliam, Elena, Ariana, Nyasha will give you tips and advice to search effectively and improve your chances. 

 

Searching for a room? Start now! (infographic about the situation in Groningen)

 


We wish you the best of luck with arranging accommodation to start your studies at Hanze UAS. If you have any questions about housing or are experiencing problems with finding accommodation, please contact our Housing Officer by email at: housing@org.hanze.nl

Tips for finding accommodation

Tip #1: Start your search well in advance
Groningen is a popular university city and the demand for student housing is very high. We strongly advise you to start searching for a room as soon as you have received your letter of acceptance. More information and more tips on searching for accommodation, visit www.athomeingroningen.nl or contact our Housing Officer housing@org.hanze.nl

Tip #2: Use your network
Use your network to find accomodation. Friends, social media, online platforms. Get in touch with students who already live in Groningen. Contact agencies for rooms on the private market. Let everyone know you're looking for housing in Groningen. Also see Tip #6

Tip #3: Don't be too picky 
Of course you want a large room with private bathroom and kitchen five minutes by bike from Hanze UAS, preferably for around €200.- a month. But unfortunately this is not likely to happen. Our advice: don't be too picky when it comes to the facilities and the pricing. The average room in Groningen has a rental price of €414,- per month.

Tip #4: Widen your search area
The Netherlands is a small country, so living outside of Groningen when you can't find accommodation is a great alternative. For example, the cities of Assen (15 min. by train) or Leeuwarden (35 min. by train) are nearby.

Tip #5: Be persistent 
Don't give up too soon. It might take months to find a room. However, due to the current housing market we do advise you to not come to Groningen if you haven't found a room before the 1st of August. 

Tip #6 Use your common sense
If you try to find housing on your own, please make sure to do this through official websites or companies that you can trace. Beware of fraudulent practices and scammers. Avoid identity theft: never send a copy of your passport to strangers. Do not send money without receiving a contract/lease. Do not transfer money, especially if the bank account is outside the Netherlands. If you are using social media to find housing, check the social media profile for any signs of the account being fake. When in doubt, contact our housing officer at housing@org.hanze.nl.

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