RUG open again

In spite of the wintry weather, the RUG is open again. Classes and exams have started again.

The university has been open since 8 o’clock this morning, says the RUG on Twitter. The university warns students and employees to be careful outside.

According to the KNMI, there is still a code orange in effect due to the widespread iciness as a result of sleet. The iciness will probably last until Thursday morning.


The Department of Public Works advises people in the north to only go out on the roads if it is absolutely necessary. ‘There is still precipitation over the northern half of the Netherlands, and it comes with sleet.’

Although many roads are still icy, public transport in Groningen is working again. Trains are on schedule and the city buses are driving again. Arriva has warned people to expect delays.

Update: Classes and exams from 1 P.M. onward have been cancelled, but university buildings will remain open until 6 p.m. Students and staff are being encouraged to head home early on Wednesday due to predictions of freezing rain.

Snow day

Most students and staff stayed home on Monday and Tuesday due to power issues at the Zernike campus and the majority of university facilities being closed altogether on Tuesday.

Students across the city found creative ways to entertain themselves thanks to the weather. Student Christian organisation CSFR Groningen organized an impromptu curling match on the icy streets.

Wij zijn ijsvrij, dus spelen we een potje bierkratcurling..

Posted by CSFR Groningen – Yir’at ‘Adonay on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ice skating team G.S.S.V. Tjas also took advantage of the wintry conditions for speed skating in the city.

Schaatswedstrijd op straatDe ijzel zorgt voor oponthoud maar ook voor bijzondere momenten. Zo hield studentenschaatsvereniging G.S.S.V. Tjas vandaag een kortebaanwedstrijd op straat!

Posted by OOG Radio & Televisie on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Noorderplantsoen area was also covered by sledding students, many of whom skated to the popular park on the slippery sidewalks.

Groningen: as cold as ice

Posted by Universiteitskrant Groningen on Tuesday, January 5, 2016