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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

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).

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.

DUWO Leiden

Rapenburg 33

Bureau Hogeland (housing agency)

Molensteeg 14 
2311 RB Leiden 
071 – 513 4654 

KamerRaad (housing agency)

Narmstraat 3b       
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.

Housing websites

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.

Housing Anywhere
Region Apartments
Kamers in Nederland (in Dutch)
Rooming (in Dutch)
Vestia (in Dutch)
kamers.nl (in Dutch)
huurwoningen.nl (in Dutch)

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

Visit studieinfo.nl for tips on renting a student room and energievergelijk.nl for information on energy use and costs (in Dutch). 

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. 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.