Studying in Leeuwarden   

Will you choose to study in Leeuwarden? Then you've picked a city with three universities and an excellent study climate. You will have everything you need in the newly renovated building of Van Hall Larenstein: a large library, laboratories, technology halls, greenhouses on the roof and a Grand Café, where you can talk with your fellow students in an informal atmosphere.

The university is a nine-minute walk from Leeuwarden Central Station, from where you can immediately access the vibrant city centre of Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden is a student city with loads of international students, with canals flowing through the city and also close located to the Dutch islands. You can let your hair down in one of the many nightclubs after a busy week studying, sample culture in the museums, visit a theatre performance:  it is all possible in the capital of Friesland!

Leeuwarden is Cultural Capital in 2018

Leeuwarden is Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. This promises many great things, and you will experience them during your studies. Van Hall Larenstein is involved in various projects and events within the context of CC2018. You can also contribute to them during your studies. You can read more about this on the website of Friesland.

Study and student associations

Do you wish to finish your daily studies in a pleasant way? This is possible. Leeuwarden has a very rich student life. Van Hall Larenstein has its own very active student association going by the name of Osiris. In addition, the city of Leeuwarden has a number of general student associations, including Wolwêze and IO Vivat.

Furthermore, there are a number of study associations. They organise all sorts of activities on behalf of the study courses.

Some Dutch websites of student associations:

  • Animoso, the study association for the Animal Management Programme
  • Medusa, the study association for the Coastal and Marine Management programme
  • Mercator, the study association for the Management of the Living Environment programme
  • Hallieu, the study association for the Environmental Sciences programme
  • Reholitas, the study association for the Food Technology programme
  • Vereniging Dispuut Sanctus Cresco, the study association for the Agribusiness and Business Administration programme
  • Ingspé, the study association for the Horticulture and Arable Farming programme
  • Sv Lucentis, the study association for the Life Sciences and Technology programme 

The student association and the study associations are guaranteed to provide many good times, fun and depth to your studies.

Leeuwarden student city

With three universities of applied sciences and a number of university locations, Leeuwarden is a real student city. A total of about 28,000 students study in Leeuwarden. Over a third of them live 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 student city of the Netherlands.

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:

In short, Leeuwarden is your student city!