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.
How it Works
Contact us and let’s have a chat to understand your most important goals for your relocation to the Netherlands. We can discuss everything from residency permits, schooling etc to home finding – anything that you and your family need to feel confident and happy in your new life here.
we’ll then send you a proposal so that you know what the costs are, so you can prepare your budget.
prior to your arrival we’ll start as much of the process as we can. We’ll help you put together the necessary documents for the admin side of the relocation and tell you what’s needed for renting a home. We store everything according to the terms of the GDPR.
we can work with you so that you can move straight into your new home on arrival OR we can start viewing together selected properties within your criteria and then take care of the rental offer and contract. All the necessary admin appointments (like your BSN, the IND and bank appointments) will be already set up for you, so that we get this out of the way and your life in the Netherlands begins!