Leiden University does not have a student campus with student dorms. Housing is, however, available through the university and there are several options for finding accommodation if you become a student of Leiden University.
You should also note that rooms in Leiden are scarce, but The Hague may offer good alternatives. Trains run about every 15 minutes and it takes ca. 15 minutes to get from The Hague to Leiden by train.
So here are your options:
Student Housing Office
The first option and perhaps the easiest way to find a room is through the student housing office of the university. You can indicate during the application process that you want this and can also indicate preferences for one of the locations offered. You have to pay a non-refundable housing fee of 350€ and rooms are assigned according to the order in which the housing fee is received. To be eligible for this option, you need a non-Dutch passport and your application should be submitted before 1 April.
The housing fee should be paid before 1 June at the latest.
Prices for rooms range from 350-650€ a month and there are several other costs to bear in mind. If you require a visa, we recommend that you have housing arranged for you through the university, as you need to give a Dutch address in order to qualify for a visa. Please note that as rooms are limited, you will receive only 1 offer and will not receive a 2nd offer if you decline the first.
Find housing yourself
Another option is to find housing yourself. If you do this, please be aware that rooms are scarce in Leiden and that it may be hard to find one. Also, please beware of rental scams. Do not pay any money before you have seen the room. There are non-profit housing organisations and commercial housing organisations you can apply to. Reasonable prices for rooms are between 350-600€. The Hague is often cheaper, but then you would have the additional costs of public transport.
Deadlines for application
Housing through the student housing office:
1 April (pay housing fee before 1 June)
Finding housing yourself:
15 June (but if you need a visa, 1 April)
Curious to learn about the experiences of other students? Read this blogpost on finding housing (©The Leidener.com)