You chose for a study programme in Groningen and you already have the permission for your programme?! If you can answer those questions with a ’yes’, you should start thinking about your new home in Groningen. Finding an appropriate accommodation is not easy, especially in Groningen. Looking for accommodation in the peak season - August and September – can be a nightmare. We therefore advice all international students to try to arrange accommodation AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There are two ways of living in Groningen:
There are of course several ways of doing grocery shopping in Groningen. In the following we will provide you with some tips on where to do your grocery shopping in general, and where you will find cheaper alternatives.
Just several days ago BEAST took advantage of the cold weather and organised an ice-skating race on the frozen pond at Zernike. The below zero temperature couldn’t kill the adventurous spirit of the contestants and five brave teams of four people each were competing for the honor of being the fastest on the ice.
The arctic weather didn’t stop the audience of coming to cheer on their favourite team and give their best to back them. Although the strength of their support cannot be doubt, the power of the hot soup, refreshments and cheerful music prepared from BEAST should not be underestimated in the fight against the cold. At the end, everybody managed to create warm memories of one exciting contest.
The basic idea is that you can share the gas costs with people who are traveling by car and have a free seat. So, for example, you can find a ride sharing from Groningen to Amsterdam even with 10 euros. But the most important aspect is that you can search for international rides. For example, there are a lot of rides from Maastricht to Paris for 30-45 euros.
Most of the students who are starting their studies abroad are having a cultural shock. Even if you come from Europe, Asia, Australia, North or South America, you can “get hit” by a cultural shock anytime, anywhere.
So, in order to be prepared we will highly recommend you a great blog that “puts the ducks in a row”. The address of the blog is: http://stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/
The blog is hilarious and presents the facts exactly as they are in reality. There are very interesting things about Dutch lifestyle and habits, which you will not find on universities websites of brochures.
Here is a preview…
P.S. I don’t know any international student who likes that type of candies.