Leiden is a compact and safe city, where you will find everything within your reach. Whether you love the beautiful canals, want to go on a shopping spree, or like to eat in a different restaurant every day: being a student is so much more than just studying!
Leiden student city
Leiden University has contributed to the city’s unique atmosphere for over 400 years. The city’s historical centre is full of student associations, student accommodation and university buildings.
With its many pubs, cafés, restaurants, theatres and museums, there’s always something to do. Leiden is a winning combination of small and fun, yet big in character as a student city. Thanks to its compact layout, it’s never more than a short bike ride from your accommodation to the University, and you’ll always see someone you know along the way.
Archaeology student association L.A.S. Terra
L.A.S. Terra is the student association for all archaeology students in Leiden. Terra is subdivided into different societies for each of the different specialisms in the programme. For first-year students, Terra organises special activities such as the first-years’ weekend. There is also a discount for first-year students when buying study books.
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, a drinks reception is held in the Van Steenis building. Terra also organises several great archaeology parties for students throughout the year. As most of the students are a member of one of the societies and thus of Terra, being a member of Terra is a great way to quickly get to know your fellow students.
Joining a study association is both fun and worthwhile. Find the latest news, activities, photos and downloads on the website lasterra.nl.
A student association is always study-related, and is in charge of organising activities within the framework of a certain study or programme.
Apart from the study associations, there are also student unions, where you go to have drinks and meet new people with the same background and interests. These unions (sometimes called student associations as well) have their very own identities and social activities, and there is one for each type of student.
Find a student union that appeals to you
Leiden University's University Sports Centre offers students the opportunity to practice sports at a very cheap rate. There is an enormous number of sports to choose from, for beginners as well as the die-hards.
Find the sport that fits you