Groningen is known as a student city. From the 200.000 inhabitants in Groningen, more than a quarter are students. This makes Groningen a young, vibrant city perfect for student life. 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, with a large international community. Roughly 20% of the students studying in Groningen are from abroad. 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 the Times Higher Education university rankings! The University of Groningen is loved by students (28.000) and staff members (5.900). The Hanze University of Applied Sciences has been in Groningen for 220 years, and holds roughly 28.000 students.

Hotspots in Groningen

Groningen might not be as big as Amsterdam, but has enough to see and do when you live in Groningen. 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 or a coffee between classes!

Brugstraat 28/Kleine der A 1 

Black & Bloom

Black & Bloom is a cozy coffee bar, located in city centre. It is close to the Academy building and the Harmony building, so the perfect place for a study break.

Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 32

De Drie Gezusters

De Drie Gezusters (translates to the “Three Sisters”) 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

The Poeleplein is the center of night life in Groningen,  located where the streets with all the bars cross each other. Here you can find many cozy cafés, fun bars and night clubs. During the summer, you can also sit outside in the middle of the square.


De Pintelier

In this Belgian beer cafe, nicknamed ‘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 restaurant and cocktail bar. They have an extensive  menu with dishes from all over the world. It’s a great 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 (The Martini Church)

It’s the highest building in Groningen, so you’ll be able to spot it from miles away! This tower is also called d’Olle Grieze. It’s in the middle of the city centre. You can climb up the 366 steps of the tower to see the beautiful view over the city.

Martinikerkhof 3

The Groningen Museum

The Groningen Museum is one of the first buildings that you will see, when you arrive at the train station. The colorful and artsy architecture is particually eye-catching. This museum has a wide variety of collections, with for example the history of the city, fashion, photography and contemporary art. It’s had many different international exhibitions, such as a David Bowie tribute, Rodin and many more.  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 of course! 




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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

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

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


Monday: 09:00-19:00

Tuesday: 09:00-18:00

Wednesday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Thursday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Friday: 10:00-16:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

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 renting a room 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 festivities and activities which you can participate in.

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. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to participate in the online events. You are free to join the events you like.

Is it possible for me to change KEI-groups during the KEI-week?

Yes it is. If you want to change your KEI-group for any reason you can contact the OFFICE-crew. To do so, you can call them (050 363 80 90), email them ( or contact them via Whatsapp (+31 6 4422 6680).

If you have found another group which you think is more fun or suits you better? Thats also possible, you’ll will have to contact the OFFICE-crew about your replacement. This is important because we need to know which group you’re a part of in case of an emergency.

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 takes place?

The KEI-week 2021 takes place from 16th until the 20th of August!