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Prepare for your studies at Leiden University

Congratulations, you have completed all the steps for admission and application, so you are a Leiden University student now! Below you can find a few tips to start at Leiden University well prepared.

1. Prepare your stay

Have a look at the ‘Prepare your stay’ pages for international students. Here you can find information about visa, housing and financial matters.

2. Housing

Many students prefer to live in the city where they are studying. This can make student life much easier and also be a lot of fun. You can read more here.

3. Studentwebsite

Visit the ‘New Student’ pages on the studentwebsite, where you can find information about practical matters, the introduction weeks and studentassociations. You can find information on the studentwebsite about your programme and faculty.

You can find information about practical matters, such as courses, schedules and reading materials, in the e-prospectus. Also take a look under your faculty or study programme tab.

4. Student card

Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University. You can request a student card at the Student Affairs Front Office in Plexus Student Centre. Read more about your student card here

5. LU-Card

As soon as you start studying at Leiden University you should request a LU-Card. A LU-Card is not proof of student registration but is nevertheless a very important card. Read more about requesting the LU-card here. 

6. Introduction programme

Sign up for an introduction programme! It’s the best way to get to know the city, student life and your fellow students. Most study programmes have their own introduction activities. You’ll receive more information by post. 

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