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How to apply

Follow this handy step-by-step guide to apply for accommodation via Leiden University’s Housing Office.

Fall 2021 fully booked

Due to the large number of housing applications received, we are now fully booked for the fall semester 2021. You are therefore advised to arrange your own accommodation. For tips and advice, please see the finding housing yourself page. Our apologies for the inconvenience. 

Application process

Your first step is to apply online for admission to a Bachelor, Master or Study Abroad/Exchange programme at Leiden University. In our online application system you will be asked to indicate whether your require assistance in finding accommodation.

There is no need to await the outcome of your application for admission. You are welcome to begin working on your housing application right away. Don’t leave it too late.

Housing is allocated on first-come first-served basis, therefore you are advised to apply as early as you can. 

Housing deadline

The deadline for submitting your housing application and paying the housing fee is:  

  • 1 June: if you will commence your studies in August/September
  • 15 November: if you will commence your studies in January/February

How to apply?

Before applying for housing, carefully read the 'availability and allocation policy' section below.

  1. In your online application (uSis) indicate that you wish to apply for housing.
  2. Pay the €350 housing application fee as instructed in uSis. 
    If you pay the housing fee close to the deadline, submit proof of payment via the housing contact form to ensure the Housing Office is immediately aware you have made payment
  3. (Up to) one week after your fee has been received, you will receive an email asking you to let us know your housing preferences.

Availability and allocation policy

Please be aware that there is limited availability of student accommodation in Leiden and The Hague. When applying for accommodation via Leiden University Housing Office, it is important to bear the following in mind:

  • The Housing Office unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodation to all students who request housing.
  • Accommodation is allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Your place on the housing list is determined by the date on which your housing fee is received.
  • We will do our utmost to allocate you a room in your preferred city and price range, however this may not always be possible.
  • You will receive one offer of accommodation only. We are unable to send a second offer if the first offer does not meet your expectations. 
  • You will be offered accommodation in either Leiden or The Hague, subject to availability.

What happens after I apply?  

  • After submitting your application and fee, you will be placed on the housing list.
  • Once the housing deadline has passed, the Housing Office will begin allocating rooms. Accommodation will be allocated in chronological order, i.e. according to the date on which you paid your housing fee.
  • You will receive an offer of accommodation up to 8 weeks after the housing deadline. Please let us know within 5 days whether you wish to accept the offer.  
  • If there are no rooms available, you will be notified by email and your housing fee will be refunded.

What if I decide to cancel/defer my studies? 

If you cancel/defer your studies, don’t forget to also notify the Housing office that you wish to cancel/defer your housing request. This does not happen automatically. You are responsible for notifying the Housing Office yourself via the housing contact form.

  • Make sure to let us know, by email, whether you wish to accept the housing offer within five days of receiving it. 
  • After accepting your offer you will receive an email containing your tenancy agreement and an explanation of further procedures.  
  • Sign and return your tenancy agreement according to the instructions in the email.
  • Pay your rent and any other costs no later than two weeks before arrival.
  • If you are not able to make your housing payment before arrival, schedule an appointment to do so after you get here. 
    Please make an appointment via the links below at least two weeks before the start date of your tenancy agreement: 

Upon arrival, all that remains to do is collect your keys.

You can collect the keys to your accommodation from the DUWO office, from 13.00 onwards on the first working day within your contract period, unless otherwise communicated to you by the Housing Office.

When planning your arrival date, please bear in mind you can only collect your keys on weekdays during office hours. Picking up the keys before the agreed date is not possible. 

Note that you may only collect your keys after you have submitted your signed tenenacy agreement and paid your rent and other necessary costs. 

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