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Before you move

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What to do before moving to Groningen?

When you want to move to Groningen, there are a couple of things that you need to arrange before you move. Below you can find the most important things to pay attention to.

Visa requirements

If you plan on staying in the Netherlands for less than three months, you might need to get a visa. Information about whether you need a visa to travel to the Netherlands can be found on the government website Netherlands and You. On the website itself, you can find a list with an overview of countries that are required to get a visa for a stay up to 90 days.

If you plan on staying in the Netherlands for longer than three months, this is no longer considered a tourist stay. That means that you might need to apply for a provisional residence permit, depending on your country of residence. After arriving in the Netherlands, you will need to apply for a residence permit. If you also plan on working in the Netherlands, you can find relevant visa information on Netherlands and You.

Visa and permits for students

When you are coming to Groningen to study, you might need a visa. You can use this very useful tool developed by Nuffic to see if you need a visa.

Check out the websites of the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen to find more information about visa and residence permits.

When you are studying in Groningen, you might also be interested in getting a job. On the website of the International Welcome Center North you can read more about the possibilities of working during a study or an internship with a study permit.


When coming to live or work in Groningen, you might need to apply for a certain type of permit. The International Welcome Centre North can help you to find the right permit and help you with the procedures. You can find information about different permits below:

Find a house

Whether you are only moving to Groningen for a short-stay or planning to stay here for a long time, it is important to find a house on time. Take a look at our 'Finding a House' webpage to read more about renting, buying, student accommodation and the lovely neighbourhoods of Groningen.