New developments revitalise a historical part of Groningen

By Joaõ Perassolo  The City of Talent is gaining a trendy district, as construction workers transform a once-deserted area surrounding a former gas factory into a new, multi-faceted neighbourhood just minutes away from central streets. A stroll along the renovated Boterdiep street reveals not only a recently-opened hotel for international students but also a brasserie, a bar…

House of scams

By Antonella Serrecchia A big housing shortage in Groningen has left many students in need of accommodation and some of them are falling prey to housing fraud. This is what happens when you put together a small city, a big university attracting students from all over the world, few student accommodations, and a peculiar law limiting…

Student accommodation in Groningen to be expanded

By Matt Richards The student accommodation provider SSH will offer more student rooms in 2017, in a move that seeks to tackle the housing crisis in Groningen. Jesse Van Mourit, SSH Spokesperson, says the organisation hopes to add several hundred new rooms for the 17/18 academic year, and will continue to consult with RUG and…

Taking a look at Groningen’s “Confession Chair”

Religious Symbols are being displayed in public spaces  By Masha Tsnompilantze In the bustling city of Groningen, there’s a quiet street where passers-by see something they don’t see very often in this largely secular country: lots of Christian symbolism, in a restaurant. The Netherlands is a country where religion is considered a personal matter that should not be…

Uncertain times ahead for street newspaper De Riepe

By Marijn Thijs One of the last remaining street newspapers in the Netherlands – a source of income for the homeless, the poor and refugees – is struggling to survive. Selling street newspapers has been an effective job for the homeless to remain on the right track. In the north of the Netherlands, De Riepe is one of the only monthly street newspapers still in business. However, business is not as good as…