Groningen is known as a studentcity. From the 200.000 inhabitants in Groningen, more than 57.000 are students. This makes Groningen a bustling city, focused on students. With all these young inhabitants, Groningen is often called the City of Talent.

The two universities in this city are the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The University of Groningen is an international oriented university. For more than 400 years, quality has been highly valuated at this university. This resulted in that the University of Groningen is listed in the top 100 of influential rankings! The university is loved by students (28.000) and staff members (5900). More than 28.000 students go to the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the amount of students grow every year. Since 220 years, the Hanze is the second university in Groningen.

City of Talent

Groningen is not only known because of the big amount of students, but the city is also very developed when it comes to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. A real City of talent!

To let the rest of the country know the name “City of Talent”, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the UMCG and the municipality of Groningen came together. In cooperation with Marketing Groningen, they started a campaign that is called “Groningen, City of Talent”. The slogan of the campaign is: “Here’s room for talent, room to learn. But also to work, to grow and to develop yourself. To get the best out of yourself. In addition, here’s place to live, do sports and enjoy.”

Hotspots in Groningen

Groningen might not be as big as Amsterdam, but has enough to see when you come to Groningen for a day. There are many restaurants, many café’s for having a coffee or a beer, and many things to do for sightseeing. Here you find a short overview of some of these hotspots in Groningen:

Bakerij Blanche

This bakery is trendy but homely, which makes the perfect combination between a bakery and a lunchroom. The interior ensures a luxurious appearance. Bakerij Blanche is open from 8 am during the week. A perfect place to have a pre-study-breakfast!

Brugstraat 28/Kleine der A1

Black & Bloom

Black & Bloom is a cozy coffeebar, located in city centre. It is close to the Academybuilding and the Harmoniecomplex, so the perfect place for a studybreak.

Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 32

De Drie Gezusters

De Drie Gezusters is probably the most famous bar/café in Groningen, with many places to sit outside. With her beautiful facades, De Drie Gezusters is a must see! When the sun is shining, it’s always busy outside, because it’s a lovely place to have a beer and some bitterballen.

Grote Markt 36/39

Het Poeleplein

Het Poeleplein is located where the streets with all the bars cross eachother. Here you can find many cozy cafés. During the summer, you can also sit outside in the middle of the square.


De Pintelier

In this Belgian beer cafe, also named De Pint, you can enjoy more than 100 craft beers! A perfect bar if you want to have some drinks with friends or committee.

Kleine Kromme Elleboog 9


Only a few steps away from the University Library, you can find the Mr. Mofongo. They have a lovely menu with dishes from all over the world. It’s a good place to have lunch, but they also make the best cocktails in The Netherlands!

Oude Boteringestraat 26

Het Pakhuis

When you’re almost broke at the end of the month, but you want to have dinner somewhere in the city, you should order the studentmenu at Het Pakhuis. Downstairs at Het Pakhuis, you can also find a bar.

Peperstraat 8-2


This tower is also called d’Olle Grieze. It’s in the middle of the city centre. You can climb up on this tower to see the beautiful view over the city.

Martinikerkhof 3

The Museum of Groningen

The Museum of Groningen is one of the first buildings that you will see, when you arrive at the train station. This museum has a wide variety of collections, with for example the history of the city, fashion, photography and contemporary art. It’s absolutely worth it to visit the museum some day. And: as a student in Groningen, your entrance is free! For more information, check the website:

Museumeiland 1

Het Noorderplantsoen

Het Noorderplantsoen is a beautiful park in the middle of the city! When the sun is shining, many people in Groningen go to the park to get the best spot. You can have a picknick, barbeque, do sports and lay in the sun ofcourse!




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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

What does ‘KEI’ stand for?

KEI stands for “Kommissie Eerstejaars Introduktie” , which can be translated as “The commission for the introduction of first-year students”. The KEI-week is the general introduction week for all incoming higher education students, both at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The KEI-week is the oldest, largest and cheapest introduction week in the Netherlands.

When does the KEI-week start?

The KEI-week 2019 takes place from 12th until the 16th of August!

What does the KEI-week cost?

The fee for registration is only €25,-: the cheapest introduction week in The Netherlands! You can also sign-up during the KEI-week, this costs €28,-. When registered, you have access to all events. The KEI organisation will provide coupons that will enable you to buy drinks and meals in bars and restaurants for reduced prices.

Who can sign up for the KEI-week?

The KEI-week is organized for all first year students of the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Obstetric Academy Amsterdam Groningen, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and HBO-NL. Pre-Master and Master students are also more than welcome!

Can I receive a refund if I have paid but choose not to attend the KEI-week or KEI-hostel/Sleep-in?

It’s not possible to claim a refund for any previously paid for ‘articles’ such as a ticket for the KEI-week or a place to sleep during the KEI-week (KEI-hostel, Sleep in). We advise you to wait with your registration until you are accepted at the university/school. We don’t have a maximum of participants for the KEI-week, so you can always sign up online for the KEI-week until the 9th of August. However, we don’t have an unlimited amount of places to sleep, so we can’t guarantee a place to sleep if you wait too long.

What is the deadline for registration?

Online registration is possible until Friday the 9th of August. During the KEI-week you can also sign up on Monday during the Day Registration. If you are not able to sign up before Monday evening, you can sign up at the KEI-office located at Pelsterstraat 23, during the rest of the week.