Arranging your student housing on time

Arranging accommodation on time is essential. Not only for immigration and post-arrival formalities, but also to ensure a stress-free start to your studies.

Why arrange housing as early as possible?

  • If you require a student visa or residence permit, the Admissions Office must receive your ‘proof of address’  before the visa and residence permit application deadline.
  • You will need a Dutch address in order to register at your local town hall shortly after arrival.
  • Looking for accommodation at the last minute can be difficult and stressful. It may also interfere with your study preparations and orientation activities.

Proof of address

Before the Admissions Office can request your student visa/residence permit (if applicable), they must receive what is known as your ‘proof of address’. This can be one of the following:

  • Submission of a housing application form to Leiden University Housing Office and payment of the housing fee before the deadline. The Admissions Office is notified automatically once this has taken place. No further ‘proof’ is required from the student.

  • A copy of a rental agreement for private accommodation in your name.

  • A letter stating you are legally residing with friends or family, accompanied by a copy of their ID or passport and evidence of their ownership of the property.

Arrange housing

You can request housing via Leiden University Housing Office or make your own arrangements for private accommodation.

Leiden University Housing Office
Our Housing Office helps to arrange accommodation in Leiden and the Hague by way of mediating between students and housing agencies. Please visit our student housing website for information on procedures, deadlines and fees.
Please note that this service is only available for international students and university guests. The Housing Office is unable to mediate on behalf of local Dutch students.

Private Accommodation

You are welcome to arrange your own accommodation with friends or family, or via private housing providers. However please be aware that there is a shortage of affordable private accommodation in the Leiden area, therefore finding suitable housing can be difficult and time-consuming.
When arranging your own housing always make sure to do the following:

  • Check with the housing provider that you can legally register with your local town hall using that address. In the case of sub-let accommodation this may not be the case.

  • Look out for rental scams!  

Last Modified: 05-09-2017