Groningen, the city
Groningen is a lively student city, the youngest in the Netherlands. It has a long, turbulent history which is reflected in the historic warehouses, courtyards and building.
Inhabitants; lots of students!
Groningen counts more than 200.000 inhabitants and is with a mean age of 36,4 years old, the youngest city in the Netherlands. The city is that young due to the more than 50.000 students of whom a great amount are living in Groningen. This makes Groningen a typical student city.
The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and is the second oldest extant University of Netherlands. This university includes about 26,000 students, about 10% of them coming from abroad. The Hanze University and the University of Groningen count for 175 disciplines and the University of Groningen is housed in 150 buildings scattered throughout the city and surrounding area.
Like every other city in the Netherlands, Groningen is an ultimate cycling city full of bicycles.
In 2002, Groningen was even elected as Best Biking city of the Netherlands. Groningen has 145 kilometres of cycle paths and the average use of bicycle among city-citizens is 1,31 times a day against a national average of 0.84 times per day.
Best downtown area
In 2005, Groningen was voted ‘Best City’ of the Netherlands. In this election, the participating cities are judged on accessibility, decor, hospitality and security.
Due to the large number of young people studying at the university, Groningen has its own energy. Not only do the students give the city an economic boost but they also create a vibrant nightlife. The pubs and clubs are very popular with the students. There are no closing hours fixed in Groningen, so going out is possible till the early hours.