Ghuus.nl is a website listing rental properties for students/young people, offered by housing associations in the city of Groningen. Ghuus is an initiative by six associations: De Huismeesters, Lefier, Nijestee, Patrimonium, Wierden en Borgen and Woonborg.
Ghuus.nl is the only website that shows you - at a glance - all of the rental properties for students/young people available from the Groningen housing associations. Ghuus acts as your ‘shop window’, displaying everything on offer. From here, you can go to Woningnetgroningen.nl (or WoningNet) or the Lefier websites to register and/or apply.
On Ghuus.nl, you can view accommodations under ‘available’ and ‘rented out’. Under ‘available’, you’ll see the properties that you can apply for via WoningNet or the website of the relevant housing association. Under ‘rented out’, you’ll find a full overview of all properties for students/young people that the associations rent out in Groningen.
Once you’ve subscribed to Ghuus, you’ll receive emails with new listings tailored specifically to your housing needs. To apply for properties, you must be registered with WoningNet or the housing association where the property is listed.
On Ghuus.nl you’ll find the listings of all housing associations in the city of Groningen. You can use the search filters to find a home that meets your needs. To rent a house or room, you must be registered with the housing association where the property is listed or with the overarching WoningNet Groningen. The longer you’ve been registered, the higher your chances of being allocated a property.
To rent a house or room via Ghuus, you must register. The longer you’ve been registered, the higher your chances of being allocated a property. So make sure you register as soon as possible! Below you can find out how to register with the various housing associations.
Woningnet (Nijestee, De Huismeesters, Patrimonium, Wierden en Borgen)
For Nijestee, De Huismeesters, Patrimonium and Wierden en Borgen, you must register with WoningNet. Registration with WoningNet costs €21.30 per year.
Lefier charges a one-off registration fee of €30. You can register from the age of 16, which will help you accumulate waiting time. Once you turn 17, you can sign a lease agreement. If you're under 18, you'll need permission from your parents or guardian. Once you turn 30, you're no longer eligible for a room and you'll no longer be able to apply for rooms. You can use the registration form on the Lefier website to register for available rental properties.
Woonborg charges a one-off registration fee of €40. You can register from the age of 17 and you can sign a lease agreement once you turn 18. You can use the registration form on the Woonborg website to register.
Once you've found a house or room you like on Ghuus.nl, click ‘Find my house’. This will take you to the website of the association offering the property. Log in with your account and apply for the house/room. No account yet? Register first.
For properties for students/young people offered by Nijestee, Patrimonium, Woonborg and Wierden en Borgen, the age limit is 27 (applications accepted up to and including the age of 26). For properties for students/young people offered by Lefier, the age limit is 30 (applications accepted up to and including the age of 29). For De Huismeesters, you can apply for properties for students/young people up to and including the age of 30.
It's important to keep in mind that the age limit only applies when you’re applying for a new property. Once you’re actually living there, you can stay until whatever time you decide to move. This does not apply if you’ve signed a campus contract or a young person’s contract. A campus contract means that you must be registered with an educational institution in order to rent the property. A young person’s contract is a temporary rental agreement for a maximum number of years.
The vast majority of properties available for rent is offered on Ghuus.nl. You can then apply via the landlord’s website. There are a few exceptions, however. Look under ‘property’ to see how each property is allocated.
Some housing association properties are allocated via co-option. Co-option happens in student association houses, where all of the property’s tenants are members of a student association such as Vindicat, Albertus Magnus or Dizkartes. When a room becomes available within the house, the remaining tenants nominate a new tenant who is also a member of the relevant student association. Such rooms are therefore not offered via WoningNet or Lefier. The housing association does, of course, assess whether a nominated candidate is suitable.
For some rooms or studios with shared facilities, fellow residents may themselves nominate a new resident. Such accommodation is not offered on Ghuus. If fellow residents do not nominate a new resident, however, the accommodation will be offered on Ghuus.
Sometimes, when a room becomes available, it is first offered to other residents within the complex. If no-one is interested, the accommodation is then listed on Ghuus and anybody can apply.
If several people apply for a house or a room, the person with the most points will be allocated the property. If you are number one on the list, you will receive a message from the housing association where the property is listed. You'll first get the chance to view the house or room, after which you decide whether you want to rent it.
If you accept the house or room, you'll sign a lease agreement with the housing association renting out the property. We'll ask you to provide a number of documents: an income statement/statement from DUO, the Education Executive Agency, and a landlord’s declaration.