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. On this page we help you get started.

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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.

Start early
Groningen is a very popular student city, so finding a suitable place to live takes time and effort. We strongly advise you to start searching for a room as soon as you have received your letter of acceptance. 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. The peak period when many students are searching is from mid-June to mid-November. Most housing providers start to offer housing for September by the end of April.

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.

How to prepare and start your search

We give you a few possibilities:

Reserved rooms at SSH

SSH Groningen is a non-profit housing corporation and acts as an intermediary in finding temporary accommodation for bachelor/master and exchange students. Hanze UAS reserves rooms for students at SSH, but the number of rooms available is limited. Each year, approximately 25% of our incoming students can make a reservation at SSH. So if you wish to rent your room through SSH, register and make your reservation on time.

On the following dates it is possible to register the SSH Groningen website and make a reservation:

Tuesday, 26 April 2022: the registration process starts for all BA/MA students
Wednesday, 11 May 2022: the reservation process starts for all BA/MA students
Tuesday, 17 May 2022: the registration process starts for all EXCHANGE students
Monday, 23 May 2022: the reservation process starts for all EXCHANGE students

Please be advised that rooms are fully booked within a short period of time. More information about the process you will find in the section (Suggestions/Register at SSH/Short Stay (international student houses) below.

Rooms on the private market
Most students find a room on their own but maybe you already noticed: finding a room on the private market is difficult. The Dutch housing market in general is tight, as demand for housing is greater than the supply, which is pushing up prices. And we can well imagine that it may be very difficult to find a room in a city you don't know yet.

At home in Groningen
On the website athomeingroningen.com you can find some useful information to help you start your search. Here you can also find information about the housing system in the Netherlands, local law, contracts and financial matters. In addition, this website shows you a selection of available accommodation in Groningen offered by local housing providers. Please note that other websites may offer more possibilities.

There are several agencies you can contact. Most agencies will ask for a registration fee and once you have accepted an offer they will ask for a mediation fee equal to approximately one month's rent. Please check the housing section below for a list of agencies.

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: 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: 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 #6: Be persistent 
Don't give up too soon. It might take months to find a room.

Tip #7 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.

Corona measures

Please note: due to the adaptive nature of Covid-19, the guidelines and rules of the Dutch government & authorities are subject to regular change and therefore it is your own responsibility to act according to the newest Covid-19 rules / regulations set in place.

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