The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

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 · Leave a comment

Google Docs for thesis? Sure!

Writing a thesis is logistically quite difficult. When you have to remember where you read that one sentence that you thought would never be relevant but it is actually really … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Museum Day in Amsterdam

Within a week, the Netherlands has jumped drastically from a pretty-cold autumn into fully-fledged winter. Now that term is ending as well, reward yourself for finishing all those term papers … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

5 Things I wish I had known before coming to Leiden!

1. Housing If you already have found housing then you can skip directly to tip # 2 – if not then, first thing is first, do not panic. I’ve included … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

Bookshops of Breestraat

Most students will have needed to go to Breestraat for one thing or another since moving to Leiden, and I’m sure most people will have noticed the large number of … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Let’s talk in person

October, that long-gone month, saw the #metoo campaign sweep across screens in the Netherlands and beyond. After Weinstein, and the following Hollywood purge, women began using social media to publicise … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Feasting at Leiden’s Weekly Market

I think it’s fair to say that one of the best things about Leiden is its weekly market on the Nieuwe Rijn. It’s here that on a Wednesday and Saturday … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Study Abroad while Abroad – join a Summer (or Winter) School!

So you are on your way to Leiden (or thinking about studying here or just curious about what it is like) and I am writing about how to get away … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Autumn in Leiden: Where are the Best Parks in the City?

The leaves are starting to turn orange, and Leiden has been transformed into an autumn-lover’s dream. Is there anything more picturesque than the canals lined by golden trees, accompanied by … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hindi taught me to be patient, not perfect

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Looking down the evergreen slopes of the mountains, the enraged monsoon clouds from earlier that day had changed temperament. They had started drifting downward from … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 2 Comments