The ‘Green Heart’, villages and international schools

In the centre of the urbanized Randstad lies the Groene Hart (‘Green Heart’), a green area of polders, lakes and small wildlife areas. Thanks to the Groene Hart, Leiden’s location is ideal: large cities at close proximity and easily accessible due to a solid infrastructure, and plenty of quiet spots and recreational options in the Groene Hart. Many Leiden residents get out on their bicycles in the Summer, or go for walks in the surrounding areas such as the nature areas de Vlietlanden and de Kagerplassen.


A number of small municipalities are located in this green environment: Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Oegstgeest, for instance. These are also great places to live, each village has a characteristic centre and various housing estates where many (young) families reside. The area offers space, as well as good facilities such as medical and dental care, shopping centres, sports clubs and cultural facilities. In addition, the international schools are located here. The Elckerlyc International Primary School is located in Leiderdorp, and the Rijnlands Lyceum International school and The British School are located in Oegstgeest and Voorschoten, respectively. International families can also choose one of the Dutch schools in the region. There are several Dutch schools in the region that offer bilingual education.

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