Contact with other students
Staying in contact with other students might not always be easy but it is very important. Find out about the different ways in which you can meet other students.
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.
Download the Uni-Life or Studar app
Via the Uni-Life app (for Leiden) and Studar app (for The Hague) you can stay up to date on all the latest social activities for students of Leiden University. Uni-Life also offers the option to get to know new people via online communities. Read more about Uni-Life and Studar.
Online coffee break or study hour
It is important to stay in contact with other students, especially in times when your studies are mostly 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.
Student Schuift Aan (Meet and Eat)
Do you ever feel lonely or would like to have a little fun and meet new people? Why not sign up for Student Schuift Aan (meet and eat)? Via this initiative, the Present Foundation brings together people who could use some company. Both students and residents of Leiden and Oegstgeest. Together, you will form duos and arrange to cook and eat at your place or theirs. Sounds like fun? Sign up via the Present Foundation website. You can state your preferred days when registering.
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.
Finding your way together at Leiden University
Are you the first person in your family to study at university and do you need a little help finding your way? Would you like to contact other students who understand that it can be difficult adapting to university life? The Meeting Point can help. Meeting Point staff are experienced in guiding refugee students, international students, students from the Caribbean region and first-generation students. They also organise regular group activities for students.
Contact with the LGBTQIA+ community
Would you like to make contact with people in the LGBTQIA+ community? Or do you have questions about gender identity or sexual orientation? Get in touch with the LGBT+ network or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out Leiden Pride, an LGBTQIA+ organisation that works closely with Leiden University.
Ethnic and cultural diversity
Would you like to talk to other students about issues related to race and ethnicity? Space to Talk about Race is an intersectional community that organises a range of activities related to this topic as well as safe(r) space meetings. The Afro Student Association (ASA) and Middle East and North Africa student association (MENA) also organise events and offer a community. Remember that if you have questions related to diversity and inclusion as well as safety on campus, you are always welcome to contact the Diversity and Inclusion Expertise Office.
As well as being fun, associations can offer you a social network and a range of worthwhile activities. Many students find that association membership enriches their student days and contributes to their enjoyment of their studies. A study association is a good way to combine study-related activities with having fun. There are also many student associations in which students from various disciplines and with various interests come together for fun, sports and cultural activities.
University Sports Centre
Would you like to meet other students and get fit at the same time? Join the University Sports Centre (USC). At the USC you can do team sports and group classes as well as working out at the gym. Students often set up WhatsApp groups to arrange meet-ups at the USC, which can be a great way to make friends.
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