The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Top 5 Things to Do in Maastricht

  Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the Netherlands – especially considering that as an international student, it might be your last few … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Keukenhof – is it worth a visit?

Keukenhof gardens are renowned the world over – despite only being open for a total of nine weeks every year between March and May. It’s marketed as one of the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rotterdam: the place to be for art-lovers

I’ve perhaps been a little biased against Rotterdam – every time I’ve been it has been either pouring down, excruciatingly windy or both. However, I’d heard good things about the … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands? Harder than you might think..

Most international students, on arriving in the Netherlands (most for the first time), will make an effort to learn Dutch. Even if it’s only the basics of goedemorgen, leuk, or … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Joys of Dutch Public Transport

Seven months into my year in the Netherlands, and I continue to be amazed by the Dutch public transport system. Not only is it fantastically efficient (I don’t think I … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

How to Balance Working and Studying

I finally reached that point in the year where I had to accept that a part-time job would be a good idea – my savings were dwindling by the day, … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Best Places for Brunch in Leiden

The second semester is now underway, and it’s possible that you’ll have friends and family coming for a visit in the next few months. If you’re still looking for that … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why You Should Join the USC This Semester

Now that the first semester is over, the Masters students among us – as well as some third year undergrads – should be focusing on our thesis, and what better … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

A Short Guide to Bruges

My expectations of a city-trip to Bruges entirely revolved around quintessential Belgian stereotypes: I was going to eat the best-tasting fries ever, the best-tasting chocolate ever, all the while wandering … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

5 Things I’ve Learnt About the Netherlands This Semester

Returning to the UK at the end of this first semester, I’ve started to notice obvious differences between the two lands that hadn’t occurred to me before. For all that’s … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 1 Comment