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Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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Where can I find vacancies for part-time jobs at the University?

Part-time jobs at the University are usually organised through Jobmotion, the internal temporary employment agency of Leiden University. You can apply for the student pool via the website.

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What are the housing requirements for students who need a visa/residence permit?

If you require a visa and/or residence permit, it is essential that you arrange accommodation well in advance. The Dutch immigration department (IND) will check that you have registered at a Dutch address with your local town hall soon after arrival. If you have not done so, the IND will cancel your residence permit.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can I take my English proficiency test upon arrival in the Netherlands?

If you require a student visa/residence permit, no, you cannot. You are required to submit a sufficient English proficiency test result before the Admissions Office may apply for your student visa/residence permit.

If you do not require a student visa/residence permit you must submit your sufficient English test result before the start date of your study programme at the very latest.

Leiden University accepts 3 kinds of English proficiency tests. Please visit their websites for the nearest test centres and dates:

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Can I defer my application or change the start date of my studies?

Yes, it is possible to defer your application or change your start date.

  1. If you have already been admitted to a study programme but wish to defer the start of your studies:
    Inform the Admissions Office via their contact form (links below) that you would like to defer the start date of your studies.
    Remember to do so before the application deadline for your new start date. The Admissions Office will provide you with instructions on how to procede.
    Note: In general you do not need to pay another application fee. Only if you wish to change your choice of study programme or specialisation is an application fee required.
  2. If a decision on your application has not yet been issued but you wish to defer your requested start date: 
    Cancel your application in studielink and submit a new application for your preferred start date. Your application will then be processed for the new start date.
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Can my application fee be waived?

The following students do not have to pay the € 100 application fee:

  • applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university or college (on submission of a copy of your Dutch bachelor’s diploma or final transcript);
  • applicants who have previously been registered as students of Leiden University (any study programme);
  • applicants for Study Abroad and Exchange programmes; applicants for the BSc programmes in Life Science and Technology or Molecular Science and Technology;
  • and applicants who can prove that they have applied for or have been granted one of the following scholarships: CEU Praesidium Libertatis (only applicable to students of the Central European University), NFP (on submission of a letter of support for your NFP application from your employer), STUNED (on submission of a letter confirming your STUNED application from NESO Jakarta). The letter for the NFP or STUNED should be added to your online application.

No other students are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver.

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