Groningen, Netherlands, is nationally known as the “Metropolis of the North” that appears like a small town, considering its size, but it is a developing and vivid city, thanks to the density of international students. Groningen has high standards in education, research and innovation turned it into a “city of talent”, as it has been ranked by a local university.
The young spirit of Groningen is visible through the titles of “best liked by its inhabitants”, as a result of a survey conducted by the EU and the “World cycling city” nickname.
If you wish to study abroad in a young and dynamic city, then you may begin to search for your accredited programme in Groningen. Here you will find some of the English universities in Europe that also provide access to a healthy but active environment.
Entrepreneurship is highly promoted by the universities in Groningen. Also, the degrees are valuable in the international market, as well as the academic knowledge they come along with.
The economy of Groningen was based, until recently, on two sugar refineries from which one was shut down. The city now has a stable economy that relies on industries such as publishing, health insurances, beverages, natural gas and business services in tourism, energy and environment. Also, due to the flux of visitors, hospitality-related industries are also flourishing.
Groningen is a city where you shall not interfere with traffic jams or pollution. Almost half of the residents and visitors use bicycles for transport. The city has been optimized in that direction and now some streets are bicycle-exclusives. This atmosphere is one of the reasons why international students enjoy taking walks in summer or ice-skate on the city canals.
The city’s indoor sites are the modern Groninger Museum, Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum and the Netherlands Stripmuseum. The city’s history is also present when you admire structures such as the Martinitoren, the Town Hall or the Academia (the main university building). If you strive for relaxation, you can decide upon visiting Grote Markt and the gardens of Prinsetuin.
The Stadsschouwburg city theatre, Martini Plaza concert hall, Oosterpoort cultural venue are some of the places where you can spend an entertaining evening. You may also listen to young students play jazz in cafes or discover the 3D Dome theatre.
Nightlife is almost exclusively dedicated to international students, who enjoy the bars, pubs and other venues. The city hosts the annual festival of Eurosonic Noorderslag, which brings bands and tourists from the entire Europe.
More than half of the city’s population consists of international students who applied for a degree abroad. Therefore, almost half of its residents have under 35 years. Since a significant part of the city’s inhabitants is dynamic, you will not have a problem socializing with locals or foreigners.
In Groningen you will also find a relaxed vibe, that comes from locals’ and visitors’ attraction to riding bicycles.
Groningen’s climate is cool, but pleasant most of the time. Winter means colder temperatures and occasional frosts and snowfalls, while in summer weather is warm and humid. Some rainfalls appear during spring and autumn. Temperatures usually range from 4.7°C (40.5°F) in January and 22.2°C (72°F) in July.
Students can benefit from on-campus accommodation or search for a private rental apartment.
Shared student dormitories in city halls cost around 300 - 400 EUR/month. If you wish to apply for private facilities, the fee may rise to 650 EUR/month.
Universities also assist students to find private rental apartments and, in some cases, even offer a discount. If you are looking for a three-bedrooms apartment that you can share, the total rent will be around 950 – 1,330 EUR/month.
A single private rental apartment may require 460 – 600 EUR/month.
Groningen is a balanced and a bit demanding city, where quality is visible in all fields. It requires around 700 – 870 EUR/month as average living costs. Students can benefit from on-campus accommodation or search for a private rental apartment.
Additional costs usually come from the health insurance that may be around 80 – 120 EUR, the transport pass of 70 EUR/month and the basic utilities invoice that reaches around 160 EUR/month.
The University of Groningen provides high quality teaching and research, is internationally oriented, respects differences in ambition and talent, works actively with business, the government and the public, and ranks among the best universities in Europe.