University managed accommodation
Leiden University offers housing facilities especially for international PhD's and other visiting academic staff. The rent varies between €500,00 and €1100,00. Read about the application process for university housing.
Who can apply?
If you choose to pursue your academic career at Leiden University, we advise you to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible. Finding accommodation can be a challenge due to a housing shortage in Leiden. Leiden University has a limited supply of rooms, flats and appartments available for academic staff. Only PhD's and other guest researchers at either Leiden University or the LUMC can apply for accommodation.
At the Service Centre International Staff we find it important to help you secure housing at the start of your stay in The Netherlands. If, however, you wish to move house at a later stage of your stay in Leiden, we advise you to search for accommodation yourself.
How to apply
Since we cannot offer accommodation to all that apply, there is a waiting list for our properties. If you are interested in university managed accommodation you need to apply for this waiting list as soon as possible. The sooner you apply the more chance you have of being granted accomodation.
Once you have applied for the waiting list you will receive confirmation from the Service Centre International Staff. Our first priority is to assist those who are still residing abroad and are planning to relocate to The Netherlands. If none of our own properties is available, we will also look into alternative housing in the private sector.
The length of the waiting list varies and your position on the list also depends on your own demands. Unfortunately the amount of applicants outweighs the amount of properties, so we are not able to offer everyone accommodation.
Length of stay
Leiden University offers a variety of apartments. Most properties are intended for long lets with a minimum of one year. These apartments are unfurnished. The University also owns so-called 'short stay' apartments which can be let for one year only. They are intended for international employees who are staying for a period of less than one year. Please check the fact sheet for each property to determine the maximum period of residence.
Termination of lease
Are you renting at the Boerhaavelaan, Haarlemmerstraat, Mariënpoelstraat, or Van Swietenstraat, and you wish to terminate your lease? In that case, please download our termination of tenancy form.
Apply for the waiting list
Accommodation availability is limited, so apply as soon as possible.Apply