Your time in Leiden is about more than just studying. Some of your best experiences will come from being part of our vibrant and diverse student community, and from living in the beautiful city of Leiden.
Life in Leiden
Quaint, picturesque and the perfect size, Leiden is an idyllic place to spend your university days. You will soon become familiar with the dozens of cafes, shops and bars that line the leafy canals, as well as its year-round line-up of cultural events. For visits further afield, the major cities of The Hague and Amsterdam are a short train ride away, along with Schiphol Airport, which is just half an hour away by train.
Within the university’s student community, our study and student associations organise a huge variety of social, cultural, and study events to keep you busy all year round. You can also join the University Sports Centre, which offers scheduled group sports and fitness classes amongst other activities.
Welcome and orientation programme
In August and February each year, Leiden University hosts the English-language Orientation Week Leiden (OWL), which welcomes both international and Dutch students. The OWL is an excellent way to get to know Leiden University, the city and to meet other students.
Het Chemisch Dispuut Leiden (CDL)
The CDL is the study association for Chemistry students at Leiden University since 20 May 1926. The CDL organises many academic and career-related activities, such as excursions and lectures about career opportunities and research topics. The CDL likes to create a positive atmosphere among Chemistry students by organising social activities such as: weekly get-togethers, laser gaming, parties and other fun activities. Our members often drop by for a cup of coffee or a cup of tea – both are free – or just to relax and have a chat. The CDL looks forward to meeting you!
Leiden Institute of Chemistry events
At the beginning of your programme, you will be welcomed to an introductory day at the LIC with useful information about the programme, the university, library use and so on. This day ends with a nice dinner for all MSc students and staff.
The joint Master Committee of Chemisch Dispuut Leiden and LIFE organises all kinds of activities throughout the year, including a “bring-your-own-food” dinner where you can taste dishes from different cultures.
Science Buddy Programme
The Science master’s Buddy Programme has been set up by the Faculty of Science to help all international students who are new to the university to integrate quickly and easily into university life. Through the programme you will learn everything you need to know about the university, the student community, and the practical side of life in Leiden. Your buddy is your first connection in the Netherlands and can help you to find your way around. A few weeks before the start of your studies, you will get an invitation for the programme. After signing up, you will be matched to a student preferably from your own study programme.