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A good conversation

Would you like to chat to fellow students or get to know new people? Or do you think you would benefit from talking to a professional coach or psychologist? The university would like to tell you about the options available.

Study adviser or coordinator

Would like to talk to someone about your studies? Make an appointment with your study adviser or coordinator. Your study adviser or coordinator is your first point of contact for study-related guidance and advice. You can turn to them with both practical and personal problems.

Study choice and career advice

Maybe you have questions about your study choices or future career? For example, which direction should you take within your bachelor's programme or which master's you should choose? The Career Services can offer advice. Every faculty has its own Career Service. 

Student psychologists

Our student psychologists are on hand to help you with any psychological problems you might be experiencing, such as fear of failure, motivation issues, sombre thoughts or serious stress. Get in touch and plan an (online) appointment.

Exceptional circumstances or money issues?

Are you dealing with exceptional circumstances, for example, are you a refugee or are you combining your studies with parenthood or top-level sports? Or perhaps you are experiencing money problems? If so, you are welcome to contact the student counsellors.

Walk and chat with a fellow student

The platform 'Frisse Gedachtes' brings students together to take a walk in or around Leiden. These 'Leiden Walks' are not only fun, they are also a good way to stay healthy. Register for Leiden Walks.


Are you looking for a study buddy or would you like to get in touch with another student for a good conversation, to play sports or for other social activities? You can be put in contact with another student via the Student Buddy Service. You can indicate in which areas of interest you want to match with a student. Want to meet another dog owner, someone else who is learning Finnish or a student who is also interested in sustainable investing? Sign up to be put in touch with another student who best matches your interests.

Update: There are currently many students who are affected by the war and Ukraine in various ways and want to talk about it. You can also indicate this on the form to be matched with another student.

Student Support Groups

As a student of Leiden University, you can join a Student Support Group to build your social connections and learn more about yourself. Student Support Groups offer a safe and confidential environment in which you can come into contact with fellow students and share your experiences. Groups consist of up to 7 students under the guidance of a student-trainer. Take part and contribute to the discussion on the basis of your own experiences. Take at look at the programme and register.

Online coffee break or study hour

It is important to stay in contact with other students, especially now that most of your studies are online. There are a various online facilities available via the university through which you can, for example, hold an online study session or coffee break.  

Meeting Point

Are you the first person in your family to study at university and do you need a little help finding your way? Or have you come to Leiden University from another country and would you like to meet other students? The Meeting Point can point you in the right direction. Meeting Point staff are experienced in guiding refugee students, international students, students from the Caribbean region and first-generation students. The Meeting Point offers information and advice, as well as regular group activities for students.

A sympathtic ear

Call the Rapenburg100 Corona Crisis Student Support line to speak to a professional coach or adviser from the Leiden Student Ekklesia. You can reach them every day, from 16.00 to 18.00 and from 20.00 to 22.00, by calling 071 744 0168. 

Anonymous online chat

Via the platform 'Frisse Gedachtes' you can chat anonymnously with a Psychology master’s students or experienced professional. You can choose when and with who you would like to chat.

Feeling worried, lonely or stressed?

Sometimes it’s nice to talk to someone. There are a range of options available within the university. You can contact the Student Support Services via studentsupport@leidenuniv.nl or by calling: 071 527 8025. Or why not join one of the many workshops or training courses. Take a look on the Personal development page and find the workshop that’s right for you.

Have a good suggestion? Let us know.

Do you have a good suggestion concerning how to improve student well-being? Let us know by sending a mail to: studentwellbeing@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

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