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Finding a room

Leiden and The Hague are beautiful student cities and great places to live. However it can be tricky to find the right accommodation for the right price. Here you can find house-hunting tips and useful advice, both for new arrivals and students who have been with us a while.

House hunting

International students are welcome to use the services of Leiden University’s Housing Office. The Housing Office mediates between international students and DUWO housing corporation and can help you to find a room in Leiden or The Hague. Visit the Housing Office website for details of the accommodation available and how to apply.

Tips and advice

Whether you are looking for your first room, or want to move to a new place, our Finding housing yourself page is a good place to start. Here you can find up-to-date information on rental rates and housing organisations, as well as a handy Dutch terminology guide.

Look out for rental scams!

Although Leiden and The Hague have reputations as safe and welcoming cities, there are always a few rotten apples. Bogus agencies or landlords occasionally try to take advantage of (new) students by offering non-existent properties. Make sure to read our information on How to avoid a rental scam before embarking on your search for a place to stay.  

Rent benefit

If you are renting a property in the Netherlands you may, in some circumstances, be able to claim rent benefit. For more information go the website of the Dutch tax authority. You are responsible for your own applications for rent benefit, but you can request assistance from De Leidse Rechtswinkel (free legal aid centre).

Students with a disability

If you have a disability you may require additional facilities or adaptations to your accommodation. Take a look at our page about studying with a disability or speak to a student counsellor at Fenestra Disability Centre for more information.

LUC The Hague (2 years residential)

LUC students are required to live on campus at the Anna van Buerenplein for the first and second years of their study. The majority of LUC students has an individual unit, but it is also possible to share a room. Floors are mixed in gender, nationality and in first- and second-year students to create a stimulating exchange of views, and to contribute to the enhancement of the LUC community. 

The studio apartments at LUC The Hague are rented DUWO. All contracts and agreements go through this party. They will in essence be your “landlords”.

The studio apartments are managed and kept also through DUWO. You will find their office hours and contact information in “Problems, Complaints and Disputes”

The apartments vary in surface (from 27 m² to 41 m²) and the rent price is adjusted accordingly. The rent prices include service costs and the furnishing package which all students rent from DUWO. Please note that these are indications and are subject to change. 

Washing facilities and bike storage are available on the ground floor. LUC oper­ates a Resident Assistants system in which more senior students live with the new students to introduce them to LUC life, and to be there as a mentor.

As a tenant of a studio at the Anna van Buerenplein, you might be eligible for a rent benefit.

More information on the housing at AvB can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact DUWO.

After two years, you will have to move out of the Anna van Buerenplein.

The municipality of The Hague, in collaboration with DUWO housing foundation, is very active in facilitating student accommodation. The number of rooms available is steadily increasing. DUWO now manages 1500 student rooms as well as offering rooms for private rental. DUWO staff would be happy to explain the registration, room search and room allocation process to you. 

DUWO The Hague

Stamkartplein 98
2521 ER The Hague

Another option might be the The Student Hotel, or try visiting the website of Van der Kraan estate agents (in Dutch).

Or contact students who’ve already moved out of AvB and ask them how they found their apartments.

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