Leiden Expat Center


Welcome to Leiden

The Leiden area is a booming knowledge region. It is  home to the Leiden University, the Leiden Bio Science Park, the aerospace cluster and the floral industry. Apart from offering challenging jobs, the Leiden region is an excellent location for living and recreation. 

The Expat Centre Leiden provides a warm welcome to expats who live and work in the Leiden region. We will help you find answers to questions about the issues you will deal with when settling in the Netherlands. Our dedicated expat officers will answer your questions and offer you advice on a wide range of topics. You can email your questions to welcome@expatcentreleiden.nl or visit the Expat Centre Leiden at the Visitor Centre (Stationsweg 41, Leiden).
Last update: 19-11-2013


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Sep 27
Surprising Shopping Weekend Draws! (Verrassend Winkelweekend Leiden Tekent!)

 On 27 and 28 September the Surpring Shopping Weekend theme is.. Leiden Draws! As a prelude for the 20th anniversary  of the Leiden Art Route (Kunstroute Leiden), the drawing festival Big Draw will take place in the city from 13 September. 


Sep 27
Art Route (Kunstroute) 2014

 On 27 and 28 September the annual Leiden Art Route will take place. Approximately 125 participating artists will be so hospitable as to open the doors of their workshops and studios for the public.


Oct 05
ESA-ESTEC open day

 A must-do for those who are interested in European space travel! During the Open Day, the ESA test centre will open its doors to the public in light of the Science Weekend (Weekend van de Wetenschap).