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Expat Centre Leiden

The Leiden area is a booming knowledge region. It is  home to the Leiden University, the Leiden Bio Science Park, the aerospace cluster and the floral industry. Apart from offering challenging jobs, the Leiden region is an excellent location for living and recreation.

Warm welcome

The Expat Centre Leiden provides a warm welcome to expats who live and work in the Leiden region. We will help you find answers to questions about the issues you will deal with when settling in the Netherlands. Our dedicated expat officers will answer your questions and offer you advice on a wide range of topics.


You can email your questions to welcome@expatcentreleiden.nl or visit the Expat Centre Leiden at the Visitor Centre (Stationsweg 41, Leiden).

Citizenship Information Desk

The Citizenship Desk provides information regarding travel documentation, driving licenses and registration as a citizen of Leiden, etc. It is also possible to make an appointment to apply for any of these documents.

  • Contact: www.leiden.nl/contact 
  • Telephone: 14-071 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm)
  • Address: Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden.
  • Opening hours desk: Monday to Friday 8.30 AM - 5 PM, on Thursday also 5 - 8 PM (appointment only), on Saturday also 9 - 12 AM (appointment only)

Living Environment Information Desk

The Living Environment Information Desk can be contacted to make an appointment for the collection of bulky household waste or for information on your living environment and its management. For example, for issues regarding the maintenance of green spaces, signposting, paving and the cleaning of public areas.

Construction and Housing Information Desk

Provides information to citizens regarding environmental planning (zoning plan), building regulations and permits, building archives, housing subsidies, etc.

Companies Information Desk

The Companies Information Desk is the first point of contact for entrepreneurs that are already established in Leiden or for starting entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs that would like to establish an outlet or subsidiary in Leiden. Entrepreneurs can contact the Companies Information Desk for free information on a wide range of issues.

In most cases the Companies Information Desk will be able to answer your question immediately. In some cases an expert will be required to answer your question. The question will, in these cases, be referred to the account managers of the Economic Affairs Branch.

Parking Information Desk

Provides answers to questions regarding the parking of vehicles. For example, parking permits, available parking places and the various parking rates.

For information on the local government of Leiden, city council issues and services provided by the city government

  • Contact: www.leiden.nl/contact
  • Telephone: 14-071
  • Visitors: Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden
  • Postal address: Postbus 9100, 2300 PC Leiden