Leiden is a beautiful and historic town with narrow, gabled streets, picturesque canals and ornate houses, much like Amsterdam. Although smaller than the capital it is by no means less lively. Leiden has the oldest university in the country – and one of the oldest in the world – as well as many museums, bars, cafés and restaurants to keep you entertained.

You can pretty much walk or bike anywhere in the city as it’s so compact, but should you need to travel further afield, trains to Amsterdam take you just over half an hour and to both Schiphol Airport and The Hague in 15 minutes, making this a very desirable city to live.


Other popular neighbourhoods just a few minutes cycling away from the city centre are De Merenwijk and Stevenshof. These areas are great for families as they are fully equipped with schools, playgrounds, and shops.   


Leiden currently has one international school with the second opening in September 2022 to cater for the growing expat community in this town. Winford Bilingual Primary School (ages 4-12) is a dual language primary school following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The International School Leiden (ages 4-11) opening in the Autumn will also follow the IPC and both schools are feeder schools for The International School Wassenaar secondary school.  There is also a campus for the Senior School of the British School of the Netherlands in Voorschoten, just 20 minutes from Leiden centre.

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