4 Reasons why Groningen is the best student city in The Netherlands

Do you ever wonder what makes Groningen a true student city?

Vibrant city of students … and more

As the name suggests, Groningen impresses me with lots of young folks like me. There’s a high chance that you bump into a student while hovering on the streets of Groningen because more than a quarter of the city’s population is students. What makes it even more perfect is the city itself embraces both the young vibe of a dynamic student city and the old vibe of charming old blocks and buildings. Furthermore, the city of Groningen is becoming more sustainable, not only in terms of its nature which is becoming greener but also study environment for students. Since 2021, smoking ban has become effective in all universities in Groningen. Shops and stores are joining hands too by using more sustainable materials such as paper containers and avoid using plastic cutlery.

Life is not all about study!

You agree with me? Well if you need to throw a party or just wanna chill after a busy week, Groningen has a lot to offer. Home to the “Drie gezusters” – renowned for being the biggest pub in Europe makes you feel excited enough? Drie gezusters is located in the heart of Grotemarkt in the city center makes spending the night at the pubs a dream come true.

Drie Gezusters – the biggest pub in Europe

Stay in budget in one of the CHEAPEST cities in The Netherlands

NL in general is notorious for being one of the most expensive countries in Europe in terms of education, especially if you’re a non-EU student (sadly!). However, what if you still want to come to NL for your study? Well, then put Groningen on your list right away! Living in Groningen is so much more affordable compared to cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, etc. With a budget of only 500, you can already find a shelter for yourself, and from 700  – 1000 euros, you may be able to find a studio that is fully furnished. What’s more? renting a spot from student housing agencies (Lefier, SSH, etc.) is also a good way to spend your uni life, with rooms ranging from 350-ish, sounds good right? Well but if you’re a future student in other bigger cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, etc., then finding somewhere affordable can probably give you headaches.

Rich in hidden gems

Kardinge - Groningen

Kardinge – Groningen

The Netherlands is not all about Amsterdam. Take the 2-hour NS train and here you are, in the most beautiful and magical city to the North of The Netherlands. Be ready to be amazed by Groningen attractions. On winter days, take some walks down the streets, across the A-Brug, you’ll find a bundle of cozy little stores and cafes that make you want to pay a visit. Or spend your summer days in some greener parts of Groningen. For example, when the summer officially comes, Stadpark and Nooderplantsoen will be active with festivals or people having picnics with happy music. Or make your nature escapes by bus/ bikes and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Kardinge or lovely old villages nearby. Are you ready to have the best of your life in this lovely town? Come and find out more!!

Are you a happy international student in The Netherlands?

So what do I do living in this land of bicycles?

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving”

How it started

The Netherlands has never been my dream destination for education, Europe was still a completely new land to me as where an international student would stream to. But in the end, I found myself land in this country where I would love to call my second home.

I reluctantly packed my luggage and stepped on the one-way flight to Amsterdam in the midst of the Corona pandemic. My decision to still go knowing that the come-back day was still an open question gave me mixed feelings. I was worried, sad and frustrated, thinking about having no acquaintances in The Netherlands, my stay had not been set yet, the virus was still present taking away thousands of lives per day. Honestly, I did not know what to expect except for the fact that I came here for a better education and (hopefully) living environment. Apart from those motivations, I was completely lost. But still I decided not to return my tickets and be here.

Riding a bicycle on a winter day in Groningen

Being a happy international student

Now that I am writing these lines, I am being wrapped up in warm blanket, in my recently renovated room while the wind is blowing hard outside. All in all, my life has been getting better each day, or at least I believe so although I must admit that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The struggles behind are still there, raw and real, always! But I believe they all help to build the person I am today, much stronger and always love more to receive more!

It cannot take just seconds to paint the whole picture about my life here in The Netherlands, obviously. Therefore, my next blogs will be more detailed about life experiences in The Netherlands as an international student. How staying, studying and traveling are like, and everything else that life has to deal with.

Particularly, I will dive into my life experiences in Groningen – the biggest city to the north of The Netherlands. I bet you have never heard of it, but trust me, Netherlands is not just about Amsterdam. You may be amazed at how magnetic this student-friendly city of Groningen can be. All I could give is that this is now my tweede huis (second home) , and will always be.

So I really appreciate your patience until these last lines of my very first blog about The Netherlands!

Stay tuned for my next blogs! And hope to see ya soon in Groningen – The Netherlands!