Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How much rent will I pay for housing in Leiden and The Hague?
The rental prices for accommodation can vary greatly, depending on the location, type of accommodation and facilities.
- For information on the rental prices for accommodation offered by Leiden University Housing Office, please refer to our 'Accommodation' webpage.
- For an indication of the amount of rent you will pay in the private sector, please refer to our 'Finding housing yourself' webpage.
- Information on PhD/Postdoc housing can be found on the webpages of the Service Centre for International Staff.
What costs do I have to pay, and when, if I request housing via the university?
To request accommodation via Leiden University Housing Office you are required to make the following payments:
- Housing fee: to be paid before the housing application deadline.
- Contract costs: to be paid after you accept your offer of accommodation - to cover the cost of setting up your contract.
- Housing deposit: to be paid after you return your signed contract - refundable at the end of your stay (subject to certain conditions).
- Monthly rent: please refer to our Accommodation page for rental rates.
Details of all charges, payment deadlines and refund conditions can be found on our Costs and payments webpage.
How do I find a room in Leiden or The Hague?
There are several different ways of looking for a room.
- You can try finding housing yourself. For advice and tips please visit our 'Finding housing yourself' webpage.
- If you are an international (Non-Dutch) bachelor's, master's, study abroad or exchange student, you can ask Leiden University Housing Office to arrange accommodation for you.
- If you are a PhD student, guest researcher, or guest lecturer, our Service Centre for International Staff can assist you to find housing in Leiden or The Hague.
How and when should I arrange my student housing?
We advise you to begin arranging housing as soon as you start your application to the university. There is limited availability of accommodation, both via the university and in the private sector.
The deadline for applying for accommodation via the university’s Housing Office is 1 June for programmes starting in September and 15 November for programmes starting in February. If you submit your housing application or fee after this date, we will unfortunately not be able to allocate you a room.
How and when is accommodation allocated by the Housing Office?
The Housing Office will begin allocating accommodation once the housing deadline has passed. Accommodation is allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’, according to the date on which your housing fee was received, and on the basis of certain immigration and study-related criteria.
We will do our best to meet your accommodation preferences, but unfortunately cannot offer any guarantees.
What is provided in housing arranged via the university?
All accommodation arranged via the university Housing Office is fully furnished. You will also receive a welcome package containing bed linen & kitchen supplies.
For a full itinerary of what will be provided in your accommodation, please refer to the information on each housing complex on our Accommodation page.
How long is a university housing contract and can I stay longer or leave earlier?
Contracts for accommodation via the university Housing Office are for a minimum of one and a maximum of two semesters. If your initial contract is for one semester only, you can request an extension of one additional semester. Students can reside in their accommodation for the entire contract period, including university holidays.
As a rule, you cannot terminate your contract early. However exceptions can be made if you are able to find an international student to take over your contract for its remaining duration. Conditions apply.
For full details please refer to the Housing Office’s Contracts, policies and procedures webpage.
Will I be allocated housing via the university in Leiden or The Hague?
On your housing application form you can indicate whether you wish to be housed in Leiden or The Hague. We will do our best to offer you accommodation in your preferred city, but unfortunately cannot offer any guarantees. If there are insufficient rooms available in your chosen city, you may be offered a room elsewhere.
Accommodation is allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’, according to the date on which your housing fee is received. Therefore the earlier you apply, the greater the chance you will be housed in your preferred location.
Please be assured that it takes only 15 minutes by train to commute between Leiden and The Hague. Therefore you will never be far away from your faculty.
Does the university offer housing for families or couples?
The university does not offer accommodation for families. If your family will be joining you during your studies, we advise you to search for accommodation, well in advance, via the private sector or friends/family.
There are a limited number of apartments for couples available via the university Housing Office. Priority is given to couples who are both international students of Leiden University. However, in exceptional circumstances, non-students can be permitted to reside with their student partners. Contact the Housing Office for more details.
Are there internet facilities in housing arranged via the university?
All accommodation arranged via the university Housing Office has internet facilities. Internet is included in the rent. However, please be aware that not all accommodation has WIFI. You may therefore have to supply your own internet cable or router.
You can find full details of the internet facilities in your housing complex via the Accommodation webpage.