Housing in Leiden or The Hague
Many students prefer to live in the city where they are studying. This can make life much easier and also be a lot of fun.
Living in The Hague
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
2521 ER The Hague
Living in Leiden
There are several ways to look for accommodation in Leiden. You can search online for rental properties or register yourself with a housing agency.
2311 GG LEIDEN
Bureau Hogeland (housing agency)
2311 RB Leiden
071 – 513 4654
KamerRaad (housing agency)
2312 BC Leiden
071 – 513 0887
Living Today (housing agency)
Oude Singel 4
2312 RA Leiden
071 – 513 5350
Nationwide housing agencies and websites
Nationwide housing agencies
There are many housing agencies that offer accommodation nationwide. Take a look through their websites but be aware that many charge a registration fee. Always read the terms and conditions carefully in advance.
You can also search online for a room yourself. There are many housing websites that show the accommodation currently advertised in Leiden and The Hague.
Tips for finding a room
- Ask around: friends, acquaintances and (future) classmates.
- Look at ads placed in local newspapers or on noticeboards in supermarkets and libraries.
- Register with a (non-profit) housing agency such as DUWO.
- Contact local housing associations (sometimes you can share a flat with someone).
- Place an ad yourself.
Found a room?
Once you think you have found a room always go and look at it before making any decisions. Take a friend with you and make a list of points to look out for in advance, for example:
- the standard, cleanliness and safety of the room itself
- how (well) the room is heated, lit and insulated
- the facilities available and if they are shared, e.g. bathroom, kitchen, laundry, television, internet
- the convenience and safety of the location
- additional costs, e.g. deposits, service costs and energy & internet charges
- the small print in the contract and your general impression of the landlord
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. Applications for rent benefit are the responsibility of the student but you can request assistance from De Leidse Rechtswinkel (free legal aid centre).
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.