The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

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

London to Leiden: big city to a small city

I moved to Leiden straight from London, the capital of the UK. I don’t know if you have heard of London, but it is large. I grew up in a … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why The Hague is better than you think

People have told me, with a straight face, that The Hague is boring. It has no scene, they say. There’s nowhere to go out, I hear. This blog post is … Continue reading

November 4, 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

When the Real Leideners Come Out: 3rd October

I had heard that Leids Ontzet was something that I simply had to experience. Having been in Leiden for three months, I’d grown used to how quiet this city is … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Beginner’s Guide to Running in Leiden

There are many ways for a student to let off steam before or after a hard day in the library, and running is just one of those ways! As someone … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Work in a Foreign Land

If you, like me, need a few extra pennies to finance your Albert Heijn Biological lifestyle, you might consider getting a job alongside your studies. Yet, despite all the promises … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writers in The Hague: Mohsin Hamid

It isn’t every day that world-renowned authors come to The Hague’s Paard van Troje to speak. But, every now and then, Border Kitchen, a local literary organisation, brings some of the … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Student Associations for Internationals

When it comes to student associations, there is something for everyone in Leiden: from sports to study. You can find out about all the associations here but there some that are specifically for … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

A few tips for prospective bike owners

Have you just moved to Leiden and are looking for a bicycle? Cycling is definitely the fastest way of getting around in Leiden. A bicycle is even a necessity if, … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 3 Comments