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Additional costs during your studies

On top of your tuition fees there are other additional costs to be taken into consideration. The amount of money you need depends very much on your lifestyle and spending habits.

Living costs

As a student of Leiden University you will need to take a number of costs into consideration. In addition to your tuition fees, you will need sufficient funds to cover your study materials and living costs. In the table below you can find a rough estimate of living costs for students in Leiden and The Hague. Of course, actual expenditure can vary greatly from student to student, so these figures only provide a rough indication.  

Rent (including water, gas and electricity) €350 – €650
General living expenses
(food, clothing, telephone etc.)
€300 – €350
Transport costs
(depending on whether you have a bike)
€40 – €100
Health insurance €80 – €120
Books and study materials
(depending on your study programme)
€50 – €100
Social activities €70 – €100
Total (excluding tuition fees) €890 – €1420

Addition note on housing costs

  • There is limited availability of accommodation in the €360 to €500 price range. Be aware that you may have to pay at least €550 per month for a room in Leiden or the Hague. 
  • The University Housing Office has accommodation in both Leiden and the Hague. If you will commute between Leiden and the Hague this will add approx. €100 to your monthly living expenses.
  • Students may be entitled to claim rent benefit. For more information and to apply please visit the website of the Dutch tax authority. Applications for rent benefit are the responsibility of the student but you can request assistance from De Leidse Rechtwinkel (free legal aid centre). If you encounter any problems with rent benefit please contact the International Student Adviser.

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