(Pretty much) all you need to know about biking in Groningen
Groningen is made for bikes – literally. Here’s (pretty much) everything you need to know about buying a bicycle in Groningen, learning to bike safely, and how Groningen became the world’s premier cycling city.
Experiencing Groningen’s feast of culture
Groningen culture and nightlife as a spinning carousel. “It really serves all the different groups of people at different times. In each moment you have a group that’s going out and another group which goes to sleep”
Groningen starter kit
These ten tips are the ultimate starter kit for foreigners moving to Groningen, The Netherlands, from biking to shopping and health insurance and dining out.
Things to do during the Christmas break
This Christmas break we have to spend a little more time at home than usual. We gathered some stay-at-home tips for you to enjoy.
Get involved and give back this holiday season
Here are City Central’s recommendations for local causes where you can get involved and give back this winter.
Gaming in Groningen
Game on in Groningen! From disco bowling to escape rooms, from gaming enthusiast bars to game development collectives, Groningen has a little bit of everything when it comes to playing.
Black student-led initiatives in Groningen you should know about
October is Black History Month in the Netherlands, so City Central has put together a list of the impactful, influential and change-making student-led organisations and initiatives in Groningen for and by black people and people of color.
5 surprising things you should know as a true Groninger
If you’re not acquainted with the “Dutch way” of living in the Netherlands as an international yet, you might hold some valid stereotypes about life here. I want to share some of my personal insights about the true Groninger experience with you!
Making the most of it podcast
A podcast series on living, loving and growing in international Groningen. The podcast is created by ESN Groningen in collaboration with Here & Now in Groningen and The Student Hotel Groningen.
How to network like a Groninger
Making sense of the subtleties of Dutch professional culture can be daunting for internationals. We have gathered the best tips for job seekers in Groningen for how to network like the Dutch do.
4 top places for a meet-up with friends in Groningen
Have you arrived in Groningen and started exploring this vibrant student city? Especially if you’re a newbie, it might come in handy to have some fun places in mind when meeting friends and your colleagues.
Welcome Walks: Discover your neighborhood
Welcome Walks are back! For two weekends in September, City Central and GroningenLife! will give in-person guided neighborhood tours for new international students.
What a regular day of an international looks like (pandemic edition)
If you're an international student, planning is essential with all the activities. In this blog Linda gives you an insight in live as an international and some tips how to stay focused while studying online.
What it's like to be a student in Groningen
Whether you’re a newcomer or considering applying to our top-notch university, this post will help you understand what life of an international student during a pandemic looks like.
What to do first in Groningen as a newbie
You’ve made it! Welcome to Groningen. As always when setting yourself up in a new home, there are certain ‘must do’ items, to make sure that you’ve got access to everything you’ll need whilst living in the Netherlands.
My Local Friend
Practice your newfound Dutch skills can be tough in the Netherlands. City Central’s My Local Friend programme was dreamt up in 2017, and has matched hundreds of native Dutch speakers with foreign residents who want to improve their Dutch skills.
Vintage shopping in Groningen
In need of a new look and no money to buy brand new designer clothes? Or looking for a specific vinyl record? Have a look at one of these vintage stores in Groningen. Vintage lovers will love Groningen.
King’s Day in Groningen
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all King’s Day activities have been cancelled this year. But what is this uniquely Dutch holiday all about, and how did it get started? And how does Groningen traditionally get down on the King’s birthday?
Companies and talent meet at energy career event
The energy transition requires the best and brightest companies, innovations and people. Entrepreneurs and students from vocational up to university level and professionals meet each other online during the 'Meet Your Future in Energy’ career event.
Visit medieval churches in the organ garden of Europe
Take a trip through time by visiting any of the nearly 100 medieval churches and synagogues and admiring some of the world’s most beautiful organs right here in Groningen, the “organ garden” of Europe.
The taste of Groningen
What are Groningen’s most distinctive culinary contributions? From eierballen and mustard soup to poffert and nut cake, here’s your guide to the flavours of Groningen, and some recipes to make them at home!
Groningen items for students
The academic year is about to start again. The best Groningen items can be found in the Groningen Store in the Forum and in the webshop. Because if you have to start taking notes again, why not do it in a great looking notebook?
Monthly regional markets in the city and environs
In the city and province of Groningen, enjoy fresh and local products sold at regional markets which are held monthly. Following is an overview of regular regional markets in and around the city.