Name: Jack Saville
Job title: SEO Specialist
What brought you to the Leiden region?
I had lived in London all my life, and so I was looking for something different. I saw a job opportunity at a company in Amsterdam and so I thought I would apply. After I got the job I started to look for somewhere to live in Amsterdam. The high rental prices in Amsterdam left me feeling slightly dejected, until a friend recommended a city called Leiden. I then went to visit Leiden and was completely bowled over. With its beautiful canals and ornate houses, Leiden is quite similar to Amsterdam. It is smaller than Amsterdam, but by no means less lively. Leiden’s large student population ensures that there are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained.
How long have you been living in the Netherlands?
A bit over 1 year now (it has gone very quickly!)
What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?
The UK and the Netherlands are quite similar in a number of ways (the weather unfortunately being one of the them). However one of the biggest differences is the landscape. Almost wherever you go there are beautiful rivers and canals.
Another big thing is obviously how bike friendly the Netherlands is. Cycling in London can be really quite dangerous, but in the Netherlands the cycle lanes are often separate from the road and so are much safer.
What would you miss most about the Netherlands if you were to leave tomorrow?
There are a lot of things that I love about the Netherlands, but the thing I would miss the most (and would find it hardest to get anywhere else) is probably Bitterballen!
How would you describe the Dutch people?
Friendly and hospitable. And very tall!
Could you recommend any blogs or websites concerning the Netherlands?
As I am working for Bynder Digital Asset Management, I’d like to point out our website! We often have a number of different jobs for expats, which are within commuting distance of Leiden.
Do you have any tips for new arrivals in the Leiden region?
Although many Dutch people speak perfect English, try to learn Dutch. The B Plus C in Leiden offers a number of Dutch (for foreigners) courses and they are very reasonably priced. It will really help you to communicate with Dutch people on a more personal level.
In Leiden specifically, there are quite a few expat meet ups so there are plenty of ways to meet new friends.