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When you're new in a country, it's nice to quickly meet like-minded people. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to make friends in Groningen. Below is an overview of different organizations where you can meet new people.


A student city of course also has a lot of associations. Groningen has some great student associations, but there are also many other associations you could become a member of. Think of sports associations, religious associations, cultural associations, international associations and study associations. There is truly something for everyone. You can find more information about all these associations on GroningenLife.


IWCN stands for International Welcome Center North. This is the organization you can turn to as an international when you arrive in The Netherlands. Besides helping you with practical matters, they also organize regular events where you can meet other internationals. Would you like to know more about IWCN? Then check out this page.


ESN Groningen is a student organization which is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). With the motto 'students help students', they organize over 150 activities each year for both internationals and Dutch students. The ideal place to meet fellow students from all over the world.


Do you want to be totally immersed in Groningen's student life? Then take a look at the website of GroningenLife. On this website seasoned students will take you on a tour around Groningen. Finding a room, going to the best parties, the most exciting sports, or joining an association.

Learn Dutch

In Groningen, people speak English very well, but sometimes it can be useful to be able to speak a little bit of Dutch. That way, you can make contact with the locals in a slightly different way. Read more about this on our page about Learning Dutch.

Expats in Groningen

Would you like to meet other internationals in Groningen? Then you can also join the Facebook group 'Expats in Groningen'. Here, nearly eight thousand international residents of Groningen come together to share their experiences.


Because Groningen is an international city, many religions can also be found in the city. Whether you are a Buddhist, Muslim, Christian or if you have another religion, Groningen has it all. On the ESN Groningen website, you will find a comprehensive overview of religions in Groningen.

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