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When unpacked


When you have unpacked everything and arranged all the important things from our when you arrive list, you can finally get settled. We made a short list of things you might want to do to make your life in Groningen as easy and fun as possible.

Get a DigiD

When you live in the Netherlands, you should apply for a DigiD. DigiD is an online ID that allows you to do your administration online in the Netherlands, such as your taxes.

Buy a bike

If you have been in Groningen for a couple of days, you might have noticed that almost everyone uses a bike as their main mode of transport. Find more information about how to get a bike on our page 'Buying a bike'.

Driving and parking

If you want to drive a car in the Netherlands, it is important that you know if your driving licence is valid here. In addition, you might be interested in what you need to do when you bring your car with you from abroad or how to get a parking permit. You can find more information on our driving and parking page.

Get to know Groningen

If you want to make the most of your stay, it is good to get to know the city and the province. We made an overview that can help you discover city life in Groningen.

Offline and online support

During your first months in Groningen, you might need some support. Some useful organisations:

Municipality Groningen

Visit: Kreupelstraat 1, Groningen
: +31 50 367 70 00
sapp: +31 6 12 82 39 73

International Welcome Center North

The International Welcome Center North is a one-stop shop for international people living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. They offer services in government formalities, they provide information and organise social activities.

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98, Groningen
ail: info@iwcn.nl
Call: +31 (0)50 367 71 97

City Central

City Central is here to help connect new residents to the city so that they can integrate well, feel at home and contribute to the success of the city. They provide bike lessons and traffic rule workshops, language support, neighbourhood guided tours and other cool cultural events.

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98, Groningen

WIJ Groningen

Do you have a question about living in the Netherlands? Need help with taxes and insurance? Then you can contact a WIJ team near you. These 11 teams are available for all residents of the city of Groningen.

ESN Groningen

ESN Groningen is the local branch of the Erasmus Student Network. They are focused on the motto “students helping students” and do so by organising many activities, including an introduction week for new students in Groningen. They also have a buddy program, that links new students to students that are already living in Groningen. The buddy can help new students with any questions and help them find their way around the city.

International Offices for students
University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Housing support
If you need help with housing in Groningen, you can find information at 'At Home in Groningen'. You can also contact the organisation if you have any questions about housing.

Legal support
Since there are many law students in Groningen, there are a couple of organisations where students can help you with free legal advice. You can for example go to:

If you need professional legal advice, have a look at the website of the IWCN for advise on where to go. Xpat also provides a clear overview of legal procedures in the Netherlands.

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