Netherlands, Groningen



Visit website


The University of Groningen is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The university was founded in 1614 and is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands as well as one of its largest. Since its inception more than 200,000 students have graduated. It is a member of the distinguished international Coimbra Group of European universities.In April 2013, according to the results of the International Student Barometer, the University of Groningen, for the third time in a row, has been voted the best University of the Netherlands. In 2014 the university celebrated its 400th anniversary. The University of Groningen has ten faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175 degree programmes. University is attended by 30 000 students, from which 3 750 are international students.

More about courses offerred at University of Groningen.

The Country

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, in which the House of Orange, currently headed by King Willem Alexander, plays a largely symbolic role. However, there is great public enthusiasm for the traditions associated with the monarchy, such as King’s Day on 27 April, when the whole country takes to the streets decked out in orange

for a gigantic party. Much the same is true when the national football team does well, such as the last World Cup. The Dutch combine history and traditional culture with innovation, modernism and an international outlook. Thanks to successful export, industries and major multinationals like Philips, ING, Unilever and Akzo Nobel, the Netherlands is more important than the size on the map would suggest. The Netherlands has long been open to people of non-Dutch origin, historically attracted by freedom of thought and religion as well as commerce. Today it is home to over 190 different nationalities. This cultural diversity has made it a place where knowledge, ideas and cultures from all over the world come together. Another distinctive characteristic of the Dutch is their openness in personal interaction and direct manner of acting and speaking.

The City

Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. With a population of 200,336 as of 2015, it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. An old city, Groningen was the regional power of the northern Netherlands, a semi-independent city-state and member of the German Hanseatic League. The city is nationally known as the “Metropolis of the North” and as “Martinistad” referring to the tower of the Martinitoren, namend after itspatron saint Martin of Tours.Although Groningen is not a very large city, it does have an important role as the main urban centre of this part of the country, particularly in the fields of music and other arts, education, and business. The large number of students living in Groningen also contributes to a diverse cultural scene for a city of its size.Groningen’s nightlife depends largely on its student population. Its cultural scene is vibrant and remarkable for a city its size. 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. Between 2005 and 2007, Groningen was elected “best city centre” of the Netherlands. Groningen has a red-light district, called Nieuwstad. A second one in the A-kwartier (an area) has been closed as of late 2015. Both areas are in or near the city centre. Groningen has been called the “World Cycling City” because 57% of journeys within the city are made by bicycle.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at Groningen University

Semester at ZSEM

Health Insurance


205 EUR


287 EUR

500 EUR


28 EUR

23 EUR


177 EUR

241 EUR




16 EUR

65 EUR


*per month


In Groningen students live throughout the city and among the locals or ‘Stadjers’ as they call themselves. As such there is no campus or campus accommodation. To help international students to find proper housing, the University of Groningen has reserved accommodation with the SSH. SSH is an independent non-profit organization providing student housing in several Dutch cities. The University has reserved more than 1000 rooms for new international students with the SSH in order to offer each new international student a furnished room to rent for the maximum of one year.Accommodation consists of single rooms to double rooms and studios. Prices for accommodation in the year ’16-’17 are between € 268 and € 467 per month, but most rooms will be around € 360. These rents are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, et cetera). Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee (€ 195) as well as the first and last month of rent at the time of your reservation.

Travel Opportunities

Groningen has an excellent public transport system. Check OV-reisinformatie for your travel information on .Groningen Airport Eelde is an international airport, just steps away from the city of Groningen. In only 20 minutes, you can reach the city center of Groningen from the airport. The bus connection between Groningen Airport Eelde and the center of Groningen makes it fast and easy to travel to your destination within 20 minutes. The shuttle bus is scheduled in accordance with the scheduled flights to London, Copenhagen and Gdansk, and makes a stop at the Central Station, Zuiderdiep and Grote Markt in Groningen, among others. A one-way ticket costs €5,- and can be purchased in the bus.