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Have you found a house? Then it's time to move to Groningen soon. Before you move, it's good to take care of a few things in advance, and there are also tasks to complete once you've arrived. On this page, you'll find the information you need. The websites of the Municipality and International Welcome Center Groningen (IWCN) both provide useful information when moving to Groningen.

Before You Move

Before you definitively come to Groningen, there are a few important things to arrange. Make sure you have a house before heading this way and take the time to find suitable accommodation. Additionally, it's wise to check in advance if you have the correct documents to enter The Netherlands. If you're planning to stay for less than 3 months, you might just need a Visa, a tourist visa. You can find more information about this on the Netherlands Worldwide website. If you're coming for a longer period, you'll likely need a permit that allows for that. There are various permits available in The Netherlands. The International Welcome Centre North (IWCN) has provided a helpful overview so you can determine which permit applies to you.

When you arrive

Once you've arrived in The Netherlands, there are a few things you'll need to take care of. The first thing is to register yourself with the municipality where you'll be living. International Welcome Center North has a page where you can find more information about your municipal registration. Additionally, it's convenient to open a Dutch bank account to ensure you can make payments everywhere. On the 'Opening a Bank Account' page of IWCN, they provide more information about this process. When you're settling in the Netherlands and working here, you'll also need to arrange a DigiD. Furthermore, it's good to familiarize yourself with the Dutch healthcare system. The website Healthcare for Internationals offers all the useful information you need. The platform I Am Expat has compiled an overview of Dutch insurance.


Are you looking for more information or do you need assistance? Several organizations in Groningen are eager to help you get started. Below, you'll find a few helpful entities:

  • Municipality Groningen, (provides information and services related to public services, local government and community resources for residents and businesses).
  • International Welcome Center North (provides information related to language acquisition, cultural adaptation and practical aspects).
  • WIJ Groningen (provides information and services related to local community support, resources and events. Only in Dutch).
  • ESN Groningen (provides information and support for international students that study in the city).
  • At Home in Groningen (provides information and resources for individuals seeking housing solutions and accomodation).

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