Student housing procedures and norms vary greatly from country to country. In the Netherlands, most universities do not have their own dormitories and students generally arrange their own accommodation. Find out how you can arrange your student housing. Make sure to start early! Affordable rooms are in short supply.
Arranging student housing
Like many universities in the Netherlands, Leiden University does not have a central campus or student dormitories. Instead, our faculties are spread throughout the cities of Leiden and The Hague and students live in accommodation rented via housing organisations and landlords.
In general, students are expected to arrange their own housing. However, for international students, Leiden University reserves a limited number of rooms each year for early applicants. The number of housing applications always greatly exceeds the number of reserved rooms. We therefore strongly recommend that prospective students also explore alternative ways of finding accommodation well before arriving in the Netherlands.
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Exception: Leiden University College The Hague
If you are about to join the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at LUC The Hague, you do not need to submit a housing request. Instead, you will become part of the LUC community and live alongside your fellow students in the Anna van Buerenplein building for the first two years of your studies.
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Rent benefit for students (huurtoeslag)
For some accommodation you may be entitled to claim rent benefit (huurtoeslag in Dutch). A rent benefit is reimbursement of part of your rental costs each month, and can be helpful to your overall budget. See the Dutch Tax Authority website for details. If you need assistance or advice about rent benefit, contact the Leidse Rechtswinkel (free legal aid centre) or the JIP (youth information point).
Can't find housing?
Finding accommodation in Leiden or The Hague can be difficult. If you haven't found a place to live before leaving home, we strongly advise you not to come to Leiden University. Consider deferring your studies to allow yourself more time to find a place to stay.