Family and social life

Education system

When you are considering moving to the Netherlands and bringing your children, you will find a great diversity of schools to choose from.

Social groups

If you are interested in meeting other internationals outside your working environment, you will soon discover that there are a lot of vibrant communities with lots of different activities.


The Academic Language center (ATC) offers a variety of language courses for interesting rates for companies, government agencies, private clients and students and staff members of Leiden University.

Expat centres

Leiden University is located in Leiden and The Hague, and therefore close linked with two expat centres.

Your spouse's career

Your spouse may also be interested in working in The Netherlands. There are various options on the Dutch labour market.

Staff association

This year, the Staff Association (personeelsvereniging, PV) is once again organising activities such as trips and sports and creative events. The website of the Staff Association contains a useful overview of all the activities, together with a Newsletter with more detailed descriptions of the activities offered.


If you are employed by Leiden University or LUMC you can join the university’s Sports Centre (USC) at a very favourable rate.