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City of Groningen

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City of Groningen

Groningen it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands and nationally known as the "Metropolis of the North". The city has a picturesque city centre, dating from the early Middle Ages, with many beautiful old buildings and canals. Between 2005 and 2007, Groningen’s old center was elected "best city centre" of the Netherlands. Grote Markt square, with the famous Martinitower, the fourth highest tower of the Netherlands, is the beating heart of this vibrant city.

In the great atmosphere of the historic centre of Groningen, you will find a broad range of shops for clothing, shoes, gifts, art and accessories, as well as many cafes and restaurants. Close to the Grote Markt, lies Vismarkt and Herestraat. These shopping streets are home to various large chain stores and exclusive boutiques.  Folkingestraat lies within walking distance of Grote Markt square and is home to many lifestyle shops, boutiques and galleries, as well as multiple little eateries that serve a great lunch. Kromme Elleboog (Bent Elbow) consists of two small streets, Kleine Elleboog and Grote Elleboog and offers a range of enjoyable, somewhat more exclusive shops and restaurants.

Groningen main train station terminal, one of the most beautiful stations in Europe, has regular services to most of the major cities in the Netherlands. The following services call at Groningen once every hour by fast intercity trains to: Rotterdam - Gouda - Utrecht -The Hague - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam. To Amsterdam, the journey will take about 2.5 hours.

Groningen, voted best student city in 2016, truly is a student city, with a quarter of the city’s 200.000 inhabitants consisting of students. The city has a vibrant nightlife, with bars in the centre allowed to stay open around the clock. In particular, the Grote Markt, the Vismarkt, the Poelestraat and Peperstraat are crowded every night of the week and most bars do not close until 5 in the morning. Groningen also has many student societies and international associations. Its diverse cultural scene is lively and remarkable for a city its size.

NHL Stenden will offer international ITESS students the opportunity to rent accommodation during their first year in Groningen.

Finding a cheap place to live in the Groningen, which is a University city, isn’t easy. We recommend you to start early with finding a suiting accommodation for your second year. This way you can ensure you find the right place to live during your study.

In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms. 

Many people use Facebook to advertise accommodation and to find flat mates.