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When to arrange housing

You are highly advised to arrange your student housing as early as possible. It’s never too soon to start. Leiden and The Hague are attractive student cities and demand for affordable accommodation is high.

Via Leiden University Housing Office

International students can request assistance in finding accommodation from Leiden University Housing Office. You need not wait until you have been admitted to start your housing application!

Limited availability

Due to the high demand for rooms, the Housing Office unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodation to all applicants. Housing is allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so the earlier you apply, the greater your chances of being allocated a room. 

Apply early!

If you want to be sure of getting a room, you are advised to submit your housing application and fee well in advance of the deadline. Read more about applying for accommodation via Leiden University's Housing Office. The housing application deadlines are:  

  • 1 June - fall semester
  • 15 November - spring semester

Finding housing yourself

Are you thinking of looking for your own accommodation in Leiden or The Hague? There are a range of options available, both via commercial agencies and non-profit organisations.

Start early!

Don’t wait till the last minute to arrange your own accommodation. House-hunting can be very time consuming, so start your search many weeks, or even months, before you are due to arrive. By finding accommodation well in advance, you can help ensure a stress-free start to your studies. Visit our finding housing yourself page for handy tips, useful websites and lists of housing organisations.

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. 

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