Living in the City of Peace and Justice
Leiden University College The Hague is not only defined by its inspiring and challenging academic programme, it is also your home away from home. In the first two years, you and your fellow students live and study together in our college building at the Anna van Buerenplein, right next to The Hague Central Station, and only minutes away from the city centre.
As a Leiden University College student, you will have a fully furnished room either single or shared at the Anna van Buerenpleinyour (room size: 27-41m²). Each room has a kitchen and bathroom. This residential setting is unique for university colleges, and contributes to the community feeling.
In our College building both academic and residential facilities are based. It, therefore, ensures a great sense of community as all students live and study under one roof. Being a student at LUC The Hague also means being part of a vibrant student and staff community. In your first two years, you will enjoy the comfort of having your friends close-by and the true experience of campus life. In your third year, you can move to other housing facilities in The Hague or maybe even abroad if you will be going on an exchange opportunity. Having the city centre of The Hague and a park of 10 hectares called Malieveld as its “backyard”, the Anna van Buerenplein makes a vibrant home for students to study and live together.
Classy and traditional, yet also sophisticated and worldly is how The Hague is often described. The Hague is the capital of the province of South Holland and lies on the North Sea. The city has many faces. When you enter The Hague by rail, bus or car, the first thing you see is its imposing and impressive skyline.
The Hague is a cosmopolitan city bursting with style and culture, full of parks and elegant homes. Amsterdam might be the national capital, but the Hague (pop. 480,000) has always been the seat of national government and the official residence of the Dutch monarchs. In the beginning, the counts of Holland chose a small village named Haag (from the Dutch for ‘hedge’) as the setting for their hunting lodge, which was why the town was later called ’s-Gravenhage (the Count’s Hedge). Lots of greenery from the original hunting grounds remains in the city’s parks, gardens and forests.
Living in the international city of peace and justice definitely has its perks. By simply taking the tram, or riding your bike for 5 minutes, you will arrive at the Binnenhof, the seat of the Dutch parliament, which has been the center of Dutch politics for many centuries. If you go a little further, you will arrive at the Peace Palace, which hosts the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, but which also includes the Peace Palace Library, a great place for LUC students to study. Taking a different direction, you can end up at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, or the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol and judicial co-operation agency Eurojust. The Hague has therefore been dubbed ‘the world’s legal capital.’ Furthermore, more than 150 international organisations are present in the city, as well as the headquarters of several multinational corporations, and more than 100 embassies and consulates.
On a different note, The Hague is a thriving student city, with approximately 28.000 students. It has a more than lively nightlife, fair-priced restaurants, and is of course closely situated to Scheveningen beach (a tramride of 15-20 minutes). On a Thursday night, you will often find students in one of the many bars at the Plein or the Grote Markt, or otherwise in one of The Hague’s clubs, such as the Paard van Troje (The Trojan’s Horse). However, if you prefer to go shopping, The Hague’s main shopping streets near Spui and the Grote Marktstraat are the place to go. The Hague can also offer you many interesting museums, such as the Escher Museum, or the Mauritshuis. All in all, the city of The Hague lends itself as the perfect place to experience your student life.
The website of the municipality of The Hague offers more information on their services and attractions.
For more information about cultural events and projects in The Hague, please visit the website of ACKU Cultuurburo.