Fees and costs of living

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are calculated per academic year (1 September to 31 August), and you are required to pay fees for each calendar month that you are registered at Leiden University. The tuition fee amount depends on your nationality and your study programme.

Tuition fees for Dutch and European students are approximately € 2,000 a year. For non-European students, it is much more. See the tuition fees website for the exact amounts. There are different ways to pay your tuition fees.


There are several ways to support you in financing your studies; take a look at the scholarships, grants and loans site of Leiden University. For non-EU/EAA students applying for an English-taught bachelor’s in Leiden the Holland scholarship programme is available. Other grant opportunities are available through the Nuffic ‘Study in Holland’ site, hosted by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education; take a look at the Nuffic Grant Finder.

Health & Liability Insurance

International students in the Netherlands are required to have adequate health insurance. Having adequate health insurance is mandatory for obtaining a residence permit. International students are also strongly advised to have third party liability insurance. Read more about insurances.

Costs of living

On average a student will need at least € 850 – € 950 per month. This estimate does not include tuition fees, health insurance and unforeseen costs, and is meant as a general indication of living costs.
International students are often housed in single studio apartments with private facilities, with an average rental price of € 500 per month.

For further information on living expenses, please see Leiden University’s website on the monthly expenses of living in the Netherlands. More information on housing prices can be found on the International Student Housing website. Please note that if you need a residence permit to stay legally in the Netherlands, you will need to provide proof that you are financially able to cover expenses during the whole period of stay. Rates are fixed by the Dutch Immigration Department (IND).

Where to find help

Help on financial and practical matters, e.g. registration or payment of the tuition fees, is available at the student front office Plexus. Information on such matters as insurances, the DIGID, or the Dutch health care system is offered by the International student officer.

Visa & Residence Permit

Leiden University will help international students with their visa, residence permit and enrolment at the University. Shortly after you have been admitted to Leiden University you will receive detailed information taking you step-by-step through the whole procedure from admission to enrolment. You can find information about visa and residence permits on the university’s website for application & admission. Please take a few minutes to read through the information to find out what you can do from your side to smooth the process.