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Sport & Culture

There’s more to a master’s than studying hard; sometimes you just want to relax. It’s good to know that The Hague’s offering in the area of sport and culture is second to none.


If you are somebody who likes to keep fit while you study, The Hague’s 11 kilometres of coastline are just about perfect for all beach and sea sports: from flying your kite in Kijkduin to surfing in Scheveningen. If it’s not beach weather, no problem. You can practise nearly every sport in The Hague, even lacrosse and snowboarding! The Hague offers a variaty of student sports associations:

Floorball: H.S.K. Floorball
Floorball is a fast-paced, highly dynamic team sport and one of the fastest growing sports in Europe.

Hockey: KZ STUDS, hockeyclub Klein Zwitserland
Klein Zwitserland, the only student hockey club in The Hague, would love to welcome new students. You can sign up individually or as a whole team, or come along for a trial session with no obligation.

Lacrosse: Den Haag Lacrosse
From absolute beginners to national competitions; students of all levels are welcome to play lacrosse and join in fun activities.

Rowing: H.S.R.V. Pelargos
A rowing association that also organises social activities such as get-togethers, parties and committees.

Rugby: The Hague Hornets
As well as sport, this student rugby team also offers fun social activities such as getting together for meals after training sessions.

Tennis: H.L.T.C. Leimonias
This tennis association offers low-cost student membership. You can play a friendly match, take lessons and play in competitions.

Ultimate Frisbee: Ultimus Prime (UP)
Ultimate Frisbee is a sport that requires athletic ability, tactical insight, self-control and team spirit. In addition to training sessions and competitions, the association organises get-togethers, parties and other social activities.

Football: H.V.V. Football Factory
This football association combines the competitive with the recreational, both on and off the pitch. 

Volleyball: Sovicos Volleyball Association
This volleyball association offers a discounted student membership. In addition to indoor and beach volleyball training sessions and matches, Sovicos organises a variety of fun activities.

Sailing: Team Haagse Hogeschool
Haagse Hogeschool is one of the student teams that takes part in the 'Race of the Classics'. This is an annual sailing race in which student teams compete against each other on classic sailing ships.

If you play sport at an international level and you’d like to combine it with your master’s, at Leiden University we can give you personal guidance to develop your sporting talents. We have a dedicated sports counsellor for our top-level sportsmen and sportswomen and we also offer additional studying facilities.

Beehive offers Extensive sports facilities. Students and staff can attend group lessons for, among others, yoga and gladiator and make use of a modern fitness room. There you will find free weights and top-of-the-range equipment for cardio and strength exercise that can be completely personalised. Your eGym account remembers your settings and training levels and provides for different methods and a more varied training routine. In combination with circuit training, this allows you to make progress faster. More information on fitness centre The Buzz

More information about Beehive Student Centre  


If you are a culture vulture, prepare to be spoiled by The Hague’s wealth of impressive art. You can marvel at the world-famous works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondriaan in the Mauritshuis and the Kunstmuseum (Art Museum). Or you can take in the biggest painting in the Netherlands, the Panorama Mesdag, or let your imagination run wild in the Escher Museum. The Hague has more than 21 museums. Discover the museums of The Hague. 

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Boasting venues such as Theater aan het Spui, Diligentia, Zuiderstrandtheater, and the Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague is a real theatre city. Thanks to the world-famous dance and theatre companies that grace its stages, you’ll be able to enjoy many evenings of drama, music, dance or opera. All theatres and events are listed on the website of This is The Hague. 

More information about going out, festivals and all other activities in The Hague. 

Home to popular bands like Kane, Di-rect and Golden Earring and the venue of major pop festivals such as Parkpop, The Hague is the Netherlands’ number one pop city. There’s a musical event going on there almost every day, with many of them, like Beatstad, Koninginnenach and The Hague Jazz, really standing out. And keep a close eye on the calendar of Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse), the city’s celebrated local pop temple. The Festival Agenda of The Hague. 

More information about going out, festivals and all other activities in The Hague. 

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