For international students that just arrived in Groningen:

Would you like to already know someone in Groningen before your arrival?
Would you like to know a bit more about The Netherlands and Groningen before you arrive?
Would you like to have someone who can help you with your questions during your time in Groningen?

Having a buddy is a nice way to get in touch with students who can introduce you to (student) life in Groningen. Your buddy can give you some tips on how to get to Groningen, what places you need to go to in the city to do groceries, have drinks or where to party. Your buddy can help you with some practical things that need to be done. Of course he/she can also help you with all the other questions that might arise prior to or during your stay in Groningen!

Are you interested in having a buddy during your time here in Groningen? Then apply via the application form below. Please note that buddies are volunteers and please only apply for a buddy when you are sure that you would like one. After we have received your application we will do our best to link you to a buddy with who you will get in touch through email prior to your arrival in Groningen. It might take some time before you get matched, so please take that into consideration.

If you have any questions about the buddy program, do not hesitate to send an email to If you cannot open the sign-up form in your country or browser, please also send us an email and we'll help you out. The deadline to register is the 9th of September 2018, but make sure you sign-up as soon as possible to make sure you receive a buddy!

Apply for a buddy by following this link!


For students who want to offer their help to newly arrived international students in Groningen:

Would you like to meet new people in Groningen?
Would you like to see more of Groningen’s international side?
Becoming a buddy is a great way to meet new people while helping out incoming international students! As a buddy you can help out international students who are excited to make new friends and to discover student life in Groningen.
Going to a different country is exciting, but can sometimes also be confusing and overwhelming. Many international students have questions about how to get from Schiphol to their new house, how to get around the city or university and where to play sports. Besides all the practical matters most international students are also very interested in getting to know the student life of Groningen. As a buddy you are of course the perfect person to guide them to the best events, cafés, restaurants and bars!
If you like you can also go to some of the 150 ESN activities together. The deadline to register is the 9th of September 2018, but make sure you sign-up as soon as possible to make sure you become a buddy! All you have to do is sign-up through the form. The Buddy & Integration Committee will link you to the incoming students. When this is done, you will receive an email with the information of the student so you can contact them before he/she arrives. 
Become a buddy by following this link!