Expat Leiden

A university city since 1575, Leiden is said to have the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands. The Expats in Leiden website lists local information sources, social clubs, blogs and service providers to help you make the most of your stay.

Local advice and information
Leiden city council
Expat Centre
Home in Leiden
AngloINFO South Holland

Children and babies
Teddy Kids daycare
Leiden Moms
Home in Leiden

Health Care
Tandarts Leiden

Rental accommodation
Perfect Housing

International Church Leiden

Elckerlyc International Primary School

Social clubs
Leiden Expats

BSN rugby football club
Expat football

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About us

The website Expat Leiden aims to provide expats with a quick and easy reference guide to local information providers and services which cater to the city’s international residents.

Photos from Holland.com
The website published by Dutch News BV

About Leiden

About Leiden

Birthplace of Rembrandt and home to the Netherland’s oldest university, Leiden is a vibrant town with old world charm.

Situated in the heart of the Randstad, within the province of South Holland, Leiden was founded on the banks of the Old Rhine. About 121 000 people live in the city, although this figure increases to around 332 000 with the inclusion of people living in the outlying suburbs of Voorschoten, Leiderdorp and Oegstgeest.


Given city rights in 1266, Leiden developed into a prosperous center for weaving, printing and publishing, occasionally interrupted by war and invasion.

During the 1574 siege of the city, the local inhabitants refused to surrender to the Spanish, instead cutting the dikes to flood the town, allowing boats to enter with necessary provisions. To reward the people of Leiden for their defiance against the Spanish, William I of Orange founded the University of Leiden. Traditional tales claim that citizens were offered a choice between the university and an exemption from certain taxes, and decided on a university.

In 1807 a boat filled with gunpowder exploded in the middle of Leiden killing and injuring over 2000 people and destroying hundreds of homes. King Louis Bonaparte came to Leiden to provide assistance for the victims of this tragedy.


Home to some excellent museums, Leiden offers visitors numerous opportunities to stimulate their minds before heading to one of the many cafes or restaurants to stimulate their appetites. For children, Naturalis is the national museum for natural history and contains life-size replicas of animal species ranging from algae to whales. The National Ethnography Museum specialized in cultural exhibitions, and the history of medicine and dentistry in the Netherlands can be unraveled at the Boerhaave Museum.

Leiden for Expats

Although many expats in Leiden are students, the city is also popular with young families and people working in The Hague. Expats have access to social activities, support and information services available from Leiden Expat Centre; Leiden Expats Club (LxP); and Home in Leiden.

The closest international schools are: the British School (Voorschoten), and The American School of The Hague (Wassenaar). Commuting to The Hague by train takes 10 minutes, 30mins to Rotterdam, and 40mins to Amsterdam.

Ana McGinley

Other Cities

Expat Leiden also covers other cities:

Expat Amstelveen http://www.expatamstelveen.com
Expats in Almere http://www.expatsinalmere.com
Expats in Amsterdam http://www.expatsinamsterdam.com
Expat Arnhem http://www.expatarnhem.com
Expat Breda http://www.expatbreda.com
Expats in Delft http://www.expatsindelft.com
Expats in Eindhoven http://www.expatsineindhoven.com
Expat Enschede http://www.expatenschede.com
Expats in Groningen http://www.expatsingroningen.com
Expats in Haarlem http://www.expatsinhaarlem.com
Expat Hilversum http://www.expathilversum.com
Expat Leeuwarden http://www.expatleeuwarden.com
Expats in Leiden http://www.expatsinleiden.com
Expats in Maastricht http://www.expatsinmaastricht.com
Expats in Nijmegen http://www.expatsinnijmegen.com
Expats in Rotterdam http://www.expatsinrotterdam.com
Expats in The Hague http://www.expatsinthehague.com
Expats in Tilburg http://www.expatsintilburg.com
Expats in Utrecht http://www.expatsinutrecht.com
Expat Wassenaar http://www.expatwassenaar.com


The local Expat Leiden service allows you to advertise your services and goods to Leiden expats and make the most of your advertising budget at the same time. Don’t waste your cash by advertising nationwide.

If you are a Leiden service provider, the Expat Leiden service will help you to reach internationals for as little as €2 a week.

Language schools in Leiden, housing agencies in Leiden, estate agents, language schools and baby sitting services, can all benefit from the Expat Leiden website.

Internationals may also be interested in other Leiden companies. What about renting a car in Leiden, a Leiden taxi service or buying a bike? Expat Leiden can help every sort of company reach the city’s international families.

Expat Leiden is part of the Dutch News BV group.

Find out more about advertising your Leiden language school, Leiden jobs and Leiden housing companies by contacting advertising@dutchnews.nl