Student life in The Hague

The Hague is characterised as an international city of peace and justice, a city by the sea, the location of the government, a centre for leading companies and institutions as well as a royal residence and a city with allure. The presence of the government, international courts, embassies and companies has meant that the city has generated a great international reputation. In addition, The Hague has a good combination of busy city life and lots of quiet nature close by.

With approximately 4.500 students of Leiden University, The Hague is becoming a bustling student city. The many student associations and study associations contribute to this vibrant student life. Participating in The HOPweek is an excellent opportunity to get to know The Hague, Leiden University and its student life!


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Did you know that…

  • The Hague has two beaches?
  • The Hague has two cinemas?
  • The Hague has 21 museums?
  • The Hague has 155 embassies?
  • The Hague has 231 bars?
  • The Hague has 725 restaurants?

You will get to see these during The HOPweek, so sign up!

University Buildings

Campus The Hague owns several University buildings, where you can study and learn more about your course:

  • Schouwburgstraat, Schouwburgstraat 2
  • Wijnhaven, Turfmarkt 99
  • Leiden University College (LUC), Anna van Buerenplein 301
  • Beehive Student Centre, Turfmarkt 104
  • Stichthage, Floor 13,  Kon. Julianaplein 10

You will visit your faculty building and programme on Tuesday morning during The HOPweek.


Study Associations

Every course in The Hague has its own study association, with members of the same course you have joined. As a member, you can join their workshops, parties, trips, theme nights and many more. Moreover, they offer discounts on the course literature. Below you can find the list of study associations connected to study programmes in The Hague:

  • BASIS (International Studies) 
  • B.I.L. (Bestuurskunde) 
  • Fortuna (Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges) 
  • Custodia (Security Studies; Crisis and Security Management)
  • SPIL (International Relations and Organisations)
  • IRSA (Master International Relations and Diplomacy)

During The HOPweek, you will get to know the study association of your study programme. Learn more about them at their web page.

Student Associations

Besides study associations, The Hague has plenty of student associations. Every student can become a member, so you will meet people that are not participating in your course. There are many types of student associations, for example sport associations and international organisations. During The HOPweek, you can become a member of a student association. Feel free to check out the websites of the student associations for more information:

H.S.R.V. Pelargos

ESN The Hague

Navigators studentenvereniging Den Haag

Haagsch Studenten Schutters Korps ‘Pro Libertate’

De Haagse Gay Studenten Vereniging Philautia

Haagsche Studenten Vereeniging (only for dutch-speaking students)

H.S.C. INTAC van Zwijndregt (only for dutch-speaking students)

Besides of the student associations in The Hague, you will also discover some associations of Leiden during The HOPweek, like ISN Leiden and Leiden United.



One of the biggest advantages of being a student is that you will be offered many discounts. Many museums and other activities have a reduced tariff for students. Never forget to take your LU-card, so you can identify as a Leiden University student.

Also, please take a look at the discount deals we have arranged for you as part of the HOP Starter Pack!


Dutch public transport can be pretty difficult to understand to start with. The App 9292 helps you figure out how to use public transport. Make sure to download this app before the start of The HOPweek so you won’t get lost.

Just like the rest of the Netherlands, many people ride bikes in The Hague. It is really useful to have one, especially during the introduction week.

The HOPweek built an official HOPweek App (for both IOS and Android), in which you can find details and practical information about the programme. After you have signed up, you can download the App on your mobile phone so you won’t get lost during the programme.

Click here for more information about The Hague.