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

A Short Guide to De Pijp, Amsterdam

Search ‘De Pijp’ in Google and you’ll get a host of quintessential guides to where to go, what to do, and where to eat in De Pijp. A neighbourhood in … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

Where to Find the Best Study Spots

As the term goes on, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to study at the weekend, and hence finding that perfect study spot is critical. Sit in a bad place and you … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Life, research and Leiden!

Guest Blogger: Francianne dos Santos Velho Programme: MA Latin American Studies My name is Francianne dos Santos Velho, I am 27 years old and I was born and raised in … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

From a lecture room in Leiden to the avenues of Accra: what has and hasn’t been useful?

Guest Blogger Eline Sleurink, MA African Studies What am I doing in Accra? For the past 3 months I have been based at Impact Hub Accra, Ghana, as part of … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Five Reasons Why I Like Studying in Leiden

Spring is coming! In the Netherlands, it is known as the time of the year when tulips and other flowers are in bloom, people spend more and more time outside, … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 5 Comments