Due to the growing number of internationals settling in the Leiden region, the city’s character is becoming increasingly international. At present, over 12,000 internationals live in the region, 3600 of which are expats and their families. The number of expats increases by approximately 8 per cent per year. Many international students also live and study in Leiden.


Many internationals don’t just live in the Leiden region, they also work for companies in the city or region. A considerable number of internationals work at the Leiden Bio Science Park. During the eighties of the last century, this business park was developed and, today, approximately sixty large biotechnological companies and knowledge institutes are located there. The area is the largest life science cluster in the Netherlands. The Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC: Leiden University Medical Centre) is located at the edge of the Bio Science Park. The LUMC takes a prominent position in leading international rankings, and conducts cutting-edge research in various medical fields.


Leiden is a charming city, surrounded by a large polder and nature area. It’s the perfect operating base for people who work in other, larger cities in the Randstad. Please do not hesitate to contact the Expat Centre Leiden for additional information about living in the Leiden region. The Expat Centre Leiden provides a warm welcome to expats who live in Leiden. We offer government services and information, and have created an extensive network for internationals in the city and the Leiden region.

Photo: Leiden Bio Science Park

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