SSH rents out 2000 accommodations in this bustling student city

In Groningen, the SSH rents out 2000 student rooms, studio's and appartments for international students and staff only. The locations are divers: for example a former telecom office that we transformed into the Frascati residence, or rooms in an old primary school like our residences at Albertine Agnesplein or Moesstraat 16. Do you want to live close to one of the gorgeous parks in the city (like Martinihouse), or do you prefer to live closer to Zernike campus (at e.g. Kornoeljestraat or Upsilon)? Have a look at what the SSH has to offer in Groningen.

In Groningen we offer Short Stay accommodation for all types of students and studios for PhD students. PhD students can rent a studio via Regular Accommodation for a minimum period of 2 years to a maximum period of 4 years.

Type of accommodation

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Reserve your room or residence in Groningen

The SSH rents out all Short Stay accommodations to international students from the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Read more about the conditions:

When can I book a Short Stay accommodation

University of Groningen:
Students from the University of Groningen can register for a Short Stay accommodation for the 2020 Spring semester (start date February 1, 2020) from the 1st of October 2019 onwards via this website.  From the 7th of October, 2019 at 9 AM you will be able to book one of the available accommodations after you have been approved by your university. That means that in between these dates you have time to get approved by your university and consult the information of the rooms that will be available to you.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Exchange and full degree bachelor and master students of Hanze University of Applied Sciences will be able to register for a Schort Stay accommodation from the 1st of October 2019 onwards via this website. From the 7th of October, 2019 at 9 AM you will be able to book one of the available accommodations after you have been approved by your university. That means that in between these dates you have time to get approved by your university and consult the information of the rooms that will be available to you.

Exchange student? Select your end date carefully!
When you register for the 2020 Sping semester, you can choose between two different end dates: June 30, and July 13 (students from the Universtiy of Groningen) or July 31 (students from the Hanze university). Please keep in mind that the end date you choose has consequences for the buildings you can book a room at. We will carry out maintenance work at three buildings in the Summer of 2020 so these buildings can only be rented until the 30th of June. All other buildings are available until the ‘normal’ end date provided by your university in Groningen.

End date June 30, 2020
Buildings available; Van Swietenlaan, Albertine Agnesplein, Moesstraat 16

End date July 13 or July 31, 2020
Buildings available; Kornoeljestraat and Melkweg/Kraneweg

You can also choose to register for both periods if you do not have a clear preference for one of the end dates. You can do so by following these steps:

  1. Log in at
  2. Go to “My Information” and follow the link in the text that says “click here”
  3. Fill out the small form with the new rental period
  4. Wait for approval by your university
  5. As soon as you have been approved you can swith between the different periods by activating them via the “My Information” tab on your account. Our website will display the availability for the registration that is activated at that moment.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you do not select the period mentioning “Extension” since that is only for current tenants looking to extend the contract of their current room. Any registrations for new students in this category will not be approved.

Arrival moments during the 2020 Spring semester

All rooms for the 2020 Spring semester are available from February 1, 2 PM onwards. We expect you to arrive on the starting date of your contract, but can understand it might be more convenient to arrive later (is not possible to arrive before the starting date and time of your contract). To be able to give you a warm welcome at your SSH residence, we have set dates and times during which you can arrive. After you have booked a room you will receive more information on how to register for an arrival date and time. Please note that you cannot arrive at your SSH residence outside these dates and times, so please arrange your travel plans accordingly.

Saturday 1st of February 2020, check-in between 2 PM and 5 PM CET
Sunday 2nd of February 2020, check-in between 11 AM and 1 PM CET
Monday 3rd of February 2020 and onwards, check-in possible by appointment with the Residence Assistants. Please keep in mind they are not available 24/7 and not late at night.

Living as a student in Groningen

Groningen is a vibrant student city where more than 50,000 students study in higher and scientific education. Aletta Jacobs – the first female student in the Netherlands, Wim Duisenberg – the first president of the European Central bank – and Wubbo Ockels – the first Dutch astronaut – preceded you and successfully completed their studies in Groningen! This student city is very popular amongst international students. What’s not to love: the city is entirely adapted to students. You can find a large number of cafés and bars close to the Grote Markt, Poelestraat and Kromme Nieuwe Elleboog. The compact city center is filled with historic warehouses, courtyards and buildings. Groningen is also a city which innovates, it has the most exciting architecture within its boundaries and is constantly evolving with energy efficiencieny. Furthermore, the city was voted the Best City Centre two years in a row, due to its unique combination of boutiques and retail chains.


In the city of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen hold the largest numbers of students. We at the SSH work together with them to provide accommodation for you as a newly arriving international student and make sure you have a great start of your life abroad!

Hanze University of Applied Sciences
The Hanze University is the largest higher professional educational institution in the North of the Netherlands. They offer courses for almost every professional field for Dutch as well as international students.

University of Groningen
Students at the Groningen University can choose from nine faculties, housed in 150 buildings, spread throughout the whole city and surrounding areas. The University of Gorningen is the third largest university in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Student city

With 25% of the population being students, the city lives and breathes student life. Students do not just provide the city with an economic impulse, they also ensure a bustling nightlife. The cafés and clubs, in particular in the Grote Markt and in the Poelestraat, are very popular among students. Groningen does not enforce fixed closing times, so students can go clubbing until the early hours of the morning, and go straight to lectures afterwards.

Freshers’ week

At the beginning of the academic year, thousands of first year students (both Dutch and international) gather in the city centre of Groningen. During the Freshers’ week, called Keiweek, they get to know the city: from study and student associations, sports associations, events, cultural organizations, to political parties: the whole of Groningen presents itself to the new citizens of the city.