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.
Is there a template for my motivation letter?
No, there is no official template. Your motivation letter is a personal statement in which you explain why you wish to study at Leiden University and why you have chosen this particular study programme. It is an opportunity for you to convince the faculty of your qualities and goals. The letter should contain about 700-1500 words.
Note: if you are applying for a programme at Leiden University College (LUC) you should follow the guidelines issued by LUC on the writing of motivation letters.
Where can I find vacancies for part-time jobs at the University?
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.
Does Leiden University offer a (partial) tuition fee waiver?
Leiden University offers several scholarships which includes (partial) tuition fee waivers, such as, for example, the LExS scholarship.
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.
Can I apply online for more than one programme?
You can apply for up to three programmes per academic year in your online application account.
In general you can use the same application documents for all programmes, except for your Motivation Letter. Please make sure that you write different Motivation Letters concerning the different programmes you want to apply for.
Your application fee covers up to three applications per academic year.
More than three applications?
If you wish to apply for more than three programmes please contact the Student Affairs Front Office for assistance. Please note that you will be required to pay another application fee(s).
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.