Leiden University - Practical Information
Cost of Living
Living in the Netherlands
Prior to the first and second semester, the Department of Student and Educational Affairs organises an Introduction Programme for new international students. This two-day programme consists of a general introduction to the university, the faculties, the city of Leiden and the student organisations.
Leiden students act as guides and will introduce their international guests to the university, town and social events. During these days, students will also meet their fellow international students. READ MORE
Housing for EuroScholars students is included in the program fee for the maximum period of one semester. Students are assigned a room by the university's housing office. Participating students however have to sign their own contract at the Housing office directly after arrival and are obliged to pay a deposit themselves. The deposit is NOT included in the program fee.
More information on housing in Leiden
Cost of Living
On average a student will need at least € 800 – € 950 per month. This estimate does not include tuition fees, health insurance and unforeseen costs, and should be used as a general indication of the costs of living.
How much money you actually spend will of course depend on your life style and spending habits. The costs for housing, for example, may differ considerably. If you plan to travel a lot during your stay here, you will of course need to budget for extra expenses. Read more
Health & Liability Insurance
International students in The Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health and third party liability insurance.
More information about health & liability insurance
Visa and Residence Permit
Spending a study period in the Netherlands as an international student, one will need to apply for a visa before arrival and/or a residence permit after arrival. Students who require a visa/ residence permit are obliged to pay a deposit themselves. This is NOT included in the program fee.
Whether or not these documents are needed depends on
- the purpose of stay;
- the length of stay;
- one’s nationality
More information about visa & residence permits
Culture, Recreation & Going Out
For those looking for a break from studying, there are great things to do in and around Leiden. There are many suggestions on how to fill these breaks like: indoor, outdoor and cultural activities
More information on student life outside the classroom
The International Student Adviser can assist you to find your way around Leiden and its University or point you in the right direction. One may expect practical support on issues which are connected to your Study Programme at Leiden University. Many other options for integration and support as well as events especially organized for international students
More information about student support
Only students who are officially enrolled at Leiden University and have received their student ID-card, have access to university education and facilities. The ID-card is proof that a participant has been officially registered as a study-abroad student. The card is needed for: course or research participation, entrance to tests and exams, acquisition of the sports ID card at the University Sports Centre and the use of library facilities, u-mail account, etc. The card also provides a discount on meals at the (university cafeterias) and on courses. http://services-facilities.leiden.edu/lu-card
Computer Access and Email account
Each faculty has its own computer rooms and study areas. In addition, there are computer rooms and study areas at the Plexus Student Centre and at the University Library. You will receive your account information shortly after your arrival in Leiden
More information about ICT and Computer facilities
Leiden University owns approximately 2.7 million books and periodicals, of which some 1.8 million volumes reside within the main library.The Main University Library is located at the Witte Singel in the Faculty of Arts area, and a number of specialist and faculty libraries are spread over the city.
More information about libraries
Student Services at the faculty/department
Every faculty/department has a study advisor who can give academic advice. Students can also join a Study Associations. Students who are a member of a Study Association, support each other during their study period at Leiden, and organise course-related activities, such as lectures, seminars, field trips or excursions.
Counseling & Careers Service
Student counselors assist students in solving study-related and personal problems. Read More
Career advice is given by the Student Career Service.
Sports and Recreational Facilities
Everything one likes to know about daily life in Leiden is mentioned on the website: cooking, shopping, sports and health care are a few of the topics which are described. Transportation, safety, religion as well as culture, going out and student associations.
More information about sports in Leiden
Living in the Netherlands
With the information provided here, we aim to give you a few quick pointers and useful tips to help you cope with life in the Netherlands in general and specifically for Leiden.
Leiden University - General Information