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Student & Stad

Student & Stad is a local political party in Groningen, founded in 1993. Student & Stad is entirely run by students and is represented in the city council with two seats. Although the party is run by students, most of them studying at University of Groningen and Hanze University, it focusses not merely on Students, but stretches its arms out to all. It is a party for all inhabitants of Groningen working on all issues emerging in the municipality.

Are you eligible to vote?

The Municipal Elections in Groningen are on November 21st 2018. If you are a resident of the city Groningen and your country of origin is a member of the European Union(EU), you are elegible to vote. If you are from outside of the EU you are elegible to vote if you have been residing in the Netherlands for over five years. Check out to find out more on how to vote!

Student & Stad Dares

... to realize more affordable housing

Due to a shortage in affordable housing, students often pay extensive amounts of rent, are faced with misbehaving landlords, or can not find suitable housing at all. In order to prevent this in the near future, the municipality must build more student housing.

... to organize more events

Groningen is a young and vibrant city with a wide range of events, culture and sports. We need to free events of too much bureaucracy in order to remain a vibrant city for citizens and tourist. Rules and regulations can be more flexible without causing unnecessary inconvenience.

... to realize more affordable housing

Cycling is a sustainable way of traveling, healthy for people, reliable and fast within the city. We want to stimulate citizens to travel by bike. Therefore cyclists need more priority; we want to create more friendly cycle-paths with more green lights.

... to make Groningen sustainable

We want the city to be energy-neutral in 2035. We would do this by generating more green energy, moving away from the gas, making (public) transport in the city more sustainable, literally making roofs green and expanding the number of trees in the city year after year.

... to create more work oportunities (for students)

A lot of young people in Groningen can not find a suitable job. Students struggle to find a suitable side-job and even young professionals can not stay in Groningen because there are no big, interesting employers here.

Our History

Student en Stad was founded in 1993 by a group of students. These students saw that municipal politics in Groningen spoke a lot about youths and students, but very little with them. In order to change this, the local political party Student & Stad was created. They took part in the 1994 municipal elections and succeeded to claim a seat in the city council of Groningen. During the last 25 years, Student en Stad has never lost this seat and has been representing the voices and opinions of youths, students and young graduates ever since.

Groningen has one of the youngest populations in the Netherlands. Student en Stad believes that this young population should work as a billboard for the city. The young population of Groningen supports and creates a city with a vibrant city life and equal night life. Furthermore, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University and their students provide the city with knowledge and innovation that should be used to better the city.
We strongly believe students are an addition to our city. In order to increase the advantages Groningen receives from youths and students, the city should aim to keep these talents connect to the city. By creating a climate in which young people like to live, in which graduates like to stay and in which it is possible to both find housing and a job, the city will get the most out of the opportunity its young population has to offer.

Student en Stad uses its fresh and innovative point of view to evaluate and initiate city policies. We aim for a vibrant city that enables activities such as festivals and a unique nightlife. We want to ensure sufficient housing for students. We want a city that offers high quality public transport and biking facilities. We want a city that is able to offer jobs for graduates and uses the innovative talents of its young population.
Groningen should be a city that is ready for the future. The city needs to facilitate the city’s increasing international character and should be open to become more international. Furthermore, Groningen should become a sustainable city and should contribute to efforts to mitigate climate change.

How we work

Student en Stad is a political party that every student, graduate or Young professional from Groningen can join. As a local party we are not bound by policies and guidelines of a national party. This enables to evaluate the city’s problems and chances fresh and unbiased. We believe that our party should stay young and continue to be able to innovate. To ensure this we practice what we preach, and make sure our council members are students or young professionals themselves. Furthermore, our council members give up their seat every two years. This allows us to stay young and involve as much young people to municipal politics and our party as possible.

Are you looking to join? Or do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us at, fill in the contact form or join us on this page.