Sleeping

Looking for a place to sleep during the KEI week? No problem! Or looking for information to find a room after the KEI-week? That’s also no problem, then you have to scroll down to the bottom of the page!

If you haven’t managed to find a room during the KEI-week in Groningen yet, there are various options. Lots of current students in Groningen open their student houses as a place to stay for a small price. The KEI organization also offers places to sleep in. There is the KEI-camping, the Usva Sleep-In and the KEI-hostel. Finally, you can also reserve a bed in the Groningen Bud Gett Hostel at a discount!

Sleeping in a student house
Groningen has an uncountable amount of student houses. Some of these houses have rooms that are available for a short period of time, or have a room becoming available. Through this website you can get into contact with these student houses and find a place that suits you to stay. This means you’ll have a place to sleep during the KEI-week and maybe even find your new student house for the long term!

Student houses can ask for a maximum of €25,- for sleeping and an extra €5,- for breakfast for the whole week. Registering for these houses opens on the 1st of July, you can do this on this KEI-week website.

KEI-camping
The KEI-camping has made a comeback! This year you can stay at the KEI-camping, situated in the “Stadspark”, for just €45,-. There is place for 60 persons, divided in three large tents. We strive to make a male and female tent. The tents are equipped with a wooden floor in case of rain, picnic sets, a fridge and sockets. Of course, there are also toilets and showers available. The only thing you have to bring yourself is a sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow. So do you like to camp and do you want to enjoy the KEI-week in such a manner? This is definitely something for you!

Since the Stadspark is a bit out of the city center, it’s necessary to fix a bike. At your online subscription for the KEI-week you could choose for a Swapfiets, which costs only €10,- a month. After the KEI-week, you can still use this bike until September 31st. In case that you don’t need the bike anymore after this date, you can terminate your contract every month. Of course, it’s also possible to buy a (second hand) bike or rent a OV-bike at the NS on the central station of Groningen.

 You can sign up for the KEI-camping when you register online for the KEI-week. This works on a first come, first served basis.

Usva Sleep-in
The Usva Sleep-in is located in the Cultural Student Association Usva, which is in the middle of the city. There will be places to sleep exclusively for KEI-lopers (participants), and is as such an ideal place to stay. The costs for the week are €51,- and include breakfast. You also need to bring your own sleeping things, including a sleeping bag, sleeping mat and cushion.

You can sign up for the Usva Sleep-in when you register for the KEI-week and works on a first come first served basis.

KEI-hostel
The KEI-hostel is organised in cooperation with the Simplon Youth Hostel. The KEI-hostel is centrally located in the city. As well as a bed (including bedding), there are plugs to charge your phone and other devices as well as a safe to store your things in. For €100 you can stay in the KEI-hostel all week, and also pay for a cheap breakfast (€20,- for the whole week).

You can sign up for the Usva Sleep-in when you register for the KEI-week and works on a first come first served basis.

Bud Gett Hostel
The Bud Gett Hostel is also located in the centre of Groningen, around the corner on Zuiderdiep. The Hostel is slightly more luxurious than the other sleeping options, and you can stay here at a discount during the KEI-week. For only 20 euros per night, with a minimum of three nights, you can make a reservation! This means that a bed for the week costs €100,-, plus an extra €1,45 in tourist costs per person per night. You can reserve a bed through the Bud Gett Hostel website https://www.budgetthostels.nl/?lang=en. To get your discount, you have to inform the hostel that you make a booking for the KEI-week. You can do this by typing in ‘KEI-week’ in the box where you normally put additional notes, or via an email. There will not be asked for a discount code.

The Student Hotel
The most luxury option to sleep during the KEI-week is the Student Hotel. Besides the neat rooms, there is a gaming area, quiet workspaces and a lounge where you can chill. A reservation can be made via https://www.thestudenthotel.com/book/#/. Use the promo code “EVENT” and get 15% discount.

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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

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.

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.