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: request housing early!
Each year, Leiden University Housing Office reserves a limited number of rooms for international students from a local housing organisation. These rooms are allocated on a first-come first-served basis to international students who submit a request for housing.
Due to high demand and limited availability, the Housing Office unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodation to all applicants. Housing is allocated according to the date on which you pay your housing fee. So request housing early! There's no need to await a decision on your application for admission before doing so.
Find out how to request housing via Leiden University's Housing Office.
Finding housing yourself: start your search early!
Are you thinking of looking for your own accommodation in Leiden or The Hague? We recommend that you start searching for your own housing several weeks or even months before you are due to arrive. Don’t wait till the last minute and certainly don’t plan to start your search after arrival. House hunting can be very time-consuming! The demand for housing is greatest in the period September/October, so an early start is essential if you will arrive in that period.
There are a range of options available, both via commercial agencies and non-profit organisations. Find tips, useful websites and lists of housing providers on the finding housing yourself page.
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.