The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Amsterdam survival guide

Let’s be real. Our first time in the Dutch capital was purely overwhelming: Crowds, souvenir shops and no sense of orientation. I vividly remember my friends and me walking into … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Down Under – My Semester Abroad in Australia (1/4): Pre-departure

As much as I have fallen for Leiden and its people, I – Anna, third year Psychology student – am spending this semester away from my new home. A couple … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

On Moving Out: Getting Rid of Your Furniture

You’ve finished your study and plan to move out. You own furniture that you need to get rid of in a short period. Here are several options to consider: 1. … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Budget Travel Tips

So you’ve put all-nighters for the sake of passing exams, assignments, or maybe graduating. You feel like you deserve to treat yourself, maybe by travelling. However, now that you’re an … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Festivals to look out for in the Netherlands

It’s finally festival time again, and why not put aside some money at the end of this year to experience one in the Netherlands? There are plenty around, and even … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ideas for Sunny Days in Leiden

If the heat hasn’t entirely worn you out by now, here are some ideas for how to spend the sunny days in Leiden as the year is drawing to a … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Icelandic Literary Expedition

  In some programmes you can apply to become an intern at an organisation and earn course credits. As a literature student I wanted to be an intern at a … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

How to: Utrecht

Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. And large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · 1 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