The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) offers government services, information and provides a network for internationals living or working in the Leiden region. Internationals can be registered by making an appointment, receive a BSN and receive information about living in the Netherlands.

For some services, a service fee will be charged.

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As a result of the measures taken by the RIVM regarding the coronavirus, we have facilitated a temporary visiting address and adjusted opening hours until further notice. Our helpdesk is currently not open for walk-in visits, but we are still here to answer your questions.
You can contact us by email at or you can contact any of our partners directly for information in specific expertise. Please find their contact information here:

Current visiting address :

For service partners and companies: Handelshuis Leiden ( Tourist Information), Stationsplein 26, 2312 AV, Leiden

For registration and helpdesk: Stadskantoor Leiden, booth 0.22 ( LEVEL building), Bargelaan 190, 2333 CW, Leiden

  • Mondays | 9:00-12:15 - for registrations (appointment only)
  • Wednesdays | 9:00- 16.30 - for registrations (appointment only)

Walk-ins without an appointment are temporarily not permitted to minimize contact due to the coronavirus.

It is possible to make a videocall appointment to ask questions on healthcare, housing, finding work, schooling, learning Dutch and more. Book a timeslot, currently only available on Tuesdays, for your videocall appointment here

You can find more information about appointments here.