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Humanities Campus

Future proof education in a green environment

Leiden University is building on its future in Leiden. As a means to achieving this aim, the University will be investing in excess of 100 million euros over the coming years in constructing the new accommodation for the Faculty of Humanities at Witte Singel and Doelensteeg. The University aims with this new Humanities Campus, closely linked with the University Library and its important collections, to safeguard the quality of its teaching and research for students and researchers. The campus will become an area where students and staff, as well as visitors and Leiden residents can enjoy spending time: a pleasant, green space with, in the adjacent buildings, a number of facilities open to the public, such as a literary café and a restaurant. The campus will also have better connections with nearby areas, such as the city centre and the Singelpark.

Photo: Monique Shaw.

The project

This project has been given the name ‘Humanities Campus’. The area will undergo major changes over the coming ten years, in different phases, while the teaching will continue as normal. 

The first sub-project has now been completed. Following a large-scale internal renovation, the P.J. Veth Building, next to the Hortus botanicus, was officially opened in 2017. The second sub-project is the internal renovation of the historic Arsenaal. This started in 2019 and was completed in 2020. The whole Humanities Campus should be completed in 2029.

View the project planning.

View a description of the sub-projects.

Photo: Monique Shaw

The vision: meeting in renovated and sustainable buildings, surrounded bij greenery

The ambition is to develop a sustainable Humanities Campus, based on a sense of community, a pleasant study and working environment and modern facilities. Attention is also paid to the greening of the public space and connection to the Singelpark route. There will be a central city square where students, employees, passers-by and visitors can meet. 

The plan takes account of the growth that the faculty has been experiencing since 2011. During the construction work, teaching and research will continue as normal.

Photo: Monique Shaw
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