Groningen

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.

Poeleplein

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

Mofongo

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

Martinitoren

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: www.groningermuseum.nl.

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!

Noorderplantsoen

 

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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

When is the KEI-office open in the KEI-week?

During the KEI-week the KEI-office (Pelsterstraat 23, near the Vismarkt) is open at the following times:

Monday:             09.00h-19.00h
Tuesday:             09.00h-18.00h
Wednesday:       10.00h-18.00h
Thursday:           10.00h-18.00h
Friday:                10.00h-18.00h

You can go there if you have any questions or if you want to buy a ticket after the Registration Day.

Is there a possibility for accomodation if you do not have a room yet?

If you have not found a room yet, it is very easy to stay in Groningen during the KEI-week. The KEI organisation offers varied sleeping facilities for which you can register. Make sure to book a place for the he KEI-camping, Usva Sleep-In for the KEI-hostel. In addition to the sleeping facilities of the KEI organisation, there is also the possibility to stay in a student house. Lots of current students in Groningen open their houses as a place to stay for a small price. It is also possible to book an accommodation at the Bud Gett Hostel or The Student Hostel with a discount code.

The costs for the sleeping facilities differ a lot. Look for more information about the sleeping facilities under the heading KEI-week > Sleeping.

What does the KEI-week have to offer?

During the KEI-week you get to know all the different aspects of Groningen. The KEI-week provides general information about room rental and student grants. You can also get in touch with sports organizations, student societies and other sorts of associations. Besides all this, there will be a lot of parties and other entertaining activities such as the biggest sing-along event in Europe, the Movie on the Vismarkt and a lot of great workshops.

Can the KEI-week be seen as an initiation?

No, not at all! You should see the KEI-week primarily as something that is just fun to do. It is a week full of information, activities and parties. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to go to the events. You are free to go wherever you want, and join the events you like.

I’m allergic to certain foods, is it still possible to join the food-related events?

Of course we would still like you to join the food events. You can report your allergy to your KEI-leaders and during ‘Eat & Greet’ you can inform the student organizations, they will make sure to arrange something for you! During the KEI-picnic there will be a free packed lunch for your whole KEI-group which includes bread, fruit, juice and varied spreads. For more information about the food during the KEI-week, just email to info@keiweek.nl with the specifics of your allergy. We will make sure to inform you and possibly arrange something for you!

I am arriving in Groningen on Wednesday, can I still participate?

You definitely can! Just buy your ticket online via the website and come get your wristband at the KEI-building.

During the KEI-week the KEI-office (Pelsterstraat 23, near the Vismarkt) is open at the following times:

Monday:             09.00h-19.00h
Tuesday:             09.00h-18.00h
Wednesday:       10.00h-18.00h
Thursday:           10.00h-18.00h
Friday:                10.00h-18.00h

You can go there if you have any questions or if you want to buy a ticket after the Registration Day.