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Are you moving to Groningen soon? It's best to arrange accommodation in advance. Finding a place to live can be quite a challenge. That's why we've gathered some important tips for you.


The city of Groningen boasts a variety of different neighbourhoods. From the characteristic old city districts around the centre to areas with newly built homes for families. Each neighbourhood is unique, and there's always one that best suits your preferences. To discover which neighbourhood aligns with your wishes, Groningen Life has put together an overview describing the various neighbourhoods.

Commuter towns

Besides the city, Groningen also has beautiful countryside, with villages full of character where it is wonderful to live. The big advantage: you can enjoy the atmosphere of a village and the vastness of the Groningen landscape but, if necessary, you can be in the city in no time. Close to the city you will find villages such as Haren, Meerstad and Ten Boer. Also, further into the province you will find gems to live in, such as Winschoten, Appingedam and Niehove. And did you know that here you can even live in the most beautiful village of the Netherlands? Winsum was voted the most beautiful city in the country by the ANWB in 2020.

Renting or Buying a House

Once you've found where you want to settle down, it's time to look for a house, apartment, or room. It's good to start early as it can take several months before you find something. When searching, you have two options: renting or buying. Most people choose to start by renting a house and then, from a rental property, search for a house to buy. At Home in Groningen provides a lot of information on what to consider when looking for a house in Groningen. There are also various websites where you can find housing options in Groningen. For rental properties, you can check Pararius, Woningnet, and Kamernet. If you're looking to buy a property, you can find many houses on Funda or get in touch with a local real estate agent. However, be careful not to fall victim to scams when searching for a house. If you'd like some assistance with finding a house, the International Welcome Center North has Housing Agents who are ready to help.

Student housing

Are you coming to Groningen to study and looking for a student room? Finding a room can sometimes be quite a challenge, so it's important to prepare well. Check out the page on student housing in Groningen for more information.

Short Stay

If you're staying in Groningen for a shorter period, such as a few weeks or months, there are also other options for finding accommodation. You can turn to The Social Hub, SSH, and Housing anywhere. These organizations specialize in short-term stays.

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