Student life

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Leeuwarden has a number of useful online platforms for everything to do with relaxation where you can find a great deal of information about going out, restaurants, museums and so on.

Leeuwarden as study town

With three universities of applied sciences and a number of university locations, Leeuwarden is a real study town. A total of about 28,000 students study in Leeuwarden, with over a third of them living in lodgings in Leeuwarden. For many years, Leeuwarden has ranked in the top three of best Dutch cities with facilities for higher vocational education when it comes to accommodation, nightlife and sports facilities. Leeuwarden was even voted best study town of the Netherlands not so long ago.

There is a special cooperation with other universities of applied sciences and the municipality, which ensures that a great many study matters that are important for you are arranged – this includes accommodation, an inexpensive sports pass, events and useful tips, to name but a few examples. You can find it all on a special website:


Leeuwarden has been declared Cultural Capital of Europe for the year 2018. Of course, this is fantastic for the range of cultural activities and it creates a sense of excitement in the city in the run-up to the year.

All the events surrounding 2018 are listed on the website, but you can also visit the headquarters of the organisation, which is situated in the former prison building De Blokhuispoort. You can visit this venue for more information, but also if you have ideas you would like to discuss with the organisation. The address is:
De Blokhuispoort
Blokhuisplein 40

Student sport Leeuwarden

Feel like unwinding after long hours spent in study-books? Leeuwarden has a special sports pass for students with which you can exercise in an even cheaper way. You can find more information and register at Student Sport Leeuwarden.

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