Housing

​​​​​​​Are you planning to study at Hanze University of Applied Sciences? Great! We hope you will have a wonderful time in Groningen. Speaking of which: if you want to live in Groningen, you should start looking for a room as soon as possible!

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In the Netherlands universities do not provide the student accomodation. We do reserve accommodation with housing providers (see 'SSH' at the 'Suggestions' section on this page), but the number of rooms is limited. Please take this very seriously and start searching for a room in a big advance!

Of course, we are here for you to support and help with advice. Please play the video and check our list of Suggestions in the section below. If you have any more questions about housing or are experiencing problems with finding accommodation, you can contact our Housing Manager by email at: housing@org.hanze.nl 

Important COVID-19 information for incoming exchange students

We strongly recommend that you do not purchase flights or make any non-refundable financial commitments to travel to Groningen at this time. Currently the Dutch government considers travel for educational purposes to be non-essential. You will be provided updates in the coming weeks and months with more information about travel and your exchange. You can read up about the current situation in the Netherlands at www.rivm.nl/en or visit our FAQ about the measures Hanze  UAS is taking in regards to the coronavirus.

 


Housing office/SSH and cancellation

If you are interested in booking a room through the Housing office/SSH (www.sshxl.nl), you need to know the cancellation policy that they have developed as a result of the coronacrisis.


Tips for finding accommodation

Tip #1: Start looking in advance

Groningen is a popular university city and the demand for student housing is very high. We advise you to start looking for housing as soon as possible: 3 to 5 months before you come to Groningen.

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 
Ofcourse you want a large room with private bathroom and kitchen five minutes by bike from Hanze UAS. But unfortunately this is not likely to happen. Our advice: don't be too picky.

Tip #4: Arrive early 
If possible arrive early in Groningen so you can personally contact agencies and attend group viewings. Dutch students organize group viewings when a room becomes available in their home. That way they can meet everyone in person and choose a new roommate. 

Tip #5: Be persistent 
Don't give up too soon. It might take months to find a room, but you will find it'll be well worth living in Groningen. 

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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