VU University Amsterdam
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Groningen is a pleasant and safe place to live. With a population of 190,000, it truly is a city which is lively, convivial and one that offers everything one would need. At the same time, Groningen has the ambience of a village where relations are close. The peace and quiet of the vast countryside is just a stone’s throw away.
The University of Groningen Library consists of the University Library (Universiteits Bibliotheek, UB) and 8 faculty libraries. The combined libraries contain a total of three million books and periodicals, of which more than two million are located in the central UB. Documents can be easily located using the online Catalogue which can be consulted via the Library Portal. Another important facility are the Digital Workstations. Spread over two floors, visitors will find more than three hundred workstations for consulting catalogues, online databases and journals. Students have access to all the online library facilities.
The University Hotel (former name: University Guesthouse) provides short- to medium-term accommodation to guests and relations of the University of Groningen. The hotel is situated in the heart of the inner city and within walking distance of Groningen Academic Hospital (Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, UMCG), most University nuclei, most congress centres, and the Central Station.
Getting to Groningen
In Groningen, there is no campus or campus accommodation, but the University of Groningen does offer help to international students to find proper housing, cooperates through the Housing Office. Looking for a room in the Netherlands can be a challenging experience at times. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world which means that housing is scarce, rooms are small, and they can be more expensive than what some students are used to at home.
Various options: Accommodation varies from single rooms to double rooms and studios. Prices for accommodation are between € 260 and € 450 per month, but most rooms will be around € 350. These rents are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, often internet, et cetera).