Student support & student life

Leiden is a compact city. Wherever you want to be – the lecture halls, the library, your tutor’s office or one of the city’s many pavement cafés – you are never more than a 10-minute bike ride away.

The Hague
Leiden University also has a campus in the heart of The Hague, close to the Dutch parliament buildings, the Royal Palace, embassies and ministries. Like Leiden, The Hague is a true student city. Read more about studying in The Hague and you will find yourself under the spell of this vibrant city.

Student life

Leiden and The Hague are typical student cities with a rich student life and plenty of sports and cultural activities. Sign up for an indoor or outdoor activity at the University Sports Centre, join our ISN student buddy programme or become a member of one of our student associations. They organise fun social events for international and Dutch students alike.

Leiden University organises an obligatory Orientation programme for international students. This programme introduces you to the university, but also to student life. This OWL is an excellent way to meet your fellow students.

Student services

Leiden University provides a wide range of services, including student counselling, information services, and sports and cultural activities. You can rely on personal attention and guidance in both your academic and personal life.

The university has signed a code of conduct for international students in higher education. This is a commitment to ensuring high-quality study programmes, student recruitment, selection and counselling procedures for international students. This code of conduct is a collective initiative of the Dutch institutions of higher education.

Plexus Student Centre

In the Plexus Student Centre you can find study areas, computer facilities, a fitness centre and a cafeteria as well as the student counsellors and advisers, an ombudsman and a wide range of student societies. The centre is located near the Academy Building and is an ideal place to meet other students.

Study facilities

Registered students have access to all library facilities, including the Central University Library and the faculty and departmental libraries. Naturally, internet access is available in the various computer rooms and study areas

As a student, you will also have access to the University Leiden Community Network (ULCN), which includes a personal ULCN email address. Information on class changes, university news and other important updates will be sent to this address. After you register at Leiden University, you will receive a student ID card and a ‘U-account’ that grants you full access to this network.

Student support

Leiden University offers a range of academic support services. You can contact the international adviser for general university information and international student events, or sign up for workshops or individual counselling with the international counsellor.

If you have a physical or psychological disability, chronic illness or dyslexia, you can contact the Fenestra Disability Centre for personalised advice before or in the early stages of your application.

Finally, the Student Career Service supports students and alumni in making effective career choices.

Living in the Netherlands

Living in a new environment can be both challenging and enriching. To learn more about what to expect, please read through the Study in Holland section on the Nuffic website.

Last Modified: 15-09-2016