​​​​​​​Are you planning to study at Hanze UAS? 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! Even during the corona pandemic this is highly recommended.

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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!

Short-term emergency accommodation for new international students  

If you have not found any accommodation, as a last resort there will be temporary emergency accommodation available from August 13th until October 15th 2021. SSH Student Housing will provide temporary accommodation for students from Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen at a student residence called 'Martinihouse'. Please note that this is basic living space, meant for a short period of time. 

About Martinihouse 
Martinihouse is located at the Donderslaan 156A in the south of the city, about 10 minutes (by bicycle) from the city centre and about 15 minutes from the Zernike University campus and close to 'Stadspark'. 

Rental price and reservation 
The rent for each bed is €353,40 per month (or €11,40 per night). That's all-inclusive (service costs, internet and gas/water/electricity). The rental price will be calculated in accordance with the start date of your contract. Please note that your room will be shared with another international student. 

If you are interested, the next step is to visit the check-in point at Martinihouse. It is not possible to book the rooms in advance. More information about the temporary emergency accommodation and further information about a temporary stay at Martinihouse you will find here (flyer Martinihouse).

Measures concerning COVID-19 and cancellation

So far, the coronavirus and the measures to prevent its spread have been affecting our lives for a while. Therefore, cancelling your reservation or ending your contract due to new or existing corona measures is not regarded as a valid reason. Cancellation is only possible in extenuating circumstances (see terms & conditions) and always subject to approval by Hanze UAS. 

In addition to the general COVID-19 rules, some students are advised to self-quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in the Netherlands. More information on the countries this applies to and the measures that need to be taken can be found on this governement website. The SSH expects that those who are required to self-quarantine will also adhere to this advice. Please see our coronavirus FAQ for the most up to date information about COVID-19 measures at Hanze UAS.

Please note that there is also a 'walk-in' vaccination possibility at the Martiniplaza near Martinihouse from August 16th until August 27th.

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 Team by email at: housing@org.hanze.nl 


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 
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: 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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