"I would never have decided to study in Groningen if I knew I would be homeless just one week before flying abroad to attend school."
"I am staying in an expensive hotel, hopelessly looking for somewhere to live. Today a property agent told me to buy a tent."
"The university keeps saying they can't help. However, they are chasing me for course fees!"
"It seems the university was mostly interested in me until I organised my payments and all my duties were completed. After that, almost no help whatsoever."
"It's just unethical that I was pressed to pay a full package of tuition fees and living expenses in advance only to be left dealing with an overcrowded housing market. "
"Services such as athomeingronigen.com show there is good will and initiative. Obviously the uni is working to come up with as many options as possible. "
"I think the university has provided pretty good information. But that's not the issue - the issue is the lack of affordable student housing."
"This is one of the most difficult and tedious and disheartening things I have ever done. How are there just no rooms?"
"It's scary coming to a foreign place and even more terrifying if you don't know you will have a bed at night when you arrive."
"If you're thinking about staying in Groningen, it's best to know 2-3 years in advance so you can get high up enough on the Lefier list."
"It would have been helpful to know the real housing situation. Many people were not expecting it to be this difficult. "
"I'm here with my husband and no university accommodations are provided for small families like ours. There is a lot of confusion."
"I am very grateful for the current help the RUG is offering. Nevertheless, this situation is completely discouraging. "
"The worst part is that I cannot talk with someone in person. Talking to a computer everyday is depressing."
"It is illogical to advertise a city as a perfect place for students in order to lure them here, but then not provide any support about their housing."
"I set an automatic refresher on the roomfinder page every five seconds for three whole days. The rooms were all reserved as soon as they went online. "
"I have been trying for about two months, sent over 200 messages in both Dutch and English, and in the end got invited to only two "hospiteeravonden". I did not get a room."
"I would advise other to avoid Groningen until the universities start taking responsibility. Third world countries have better housing conditions. "