Universiteit Leiden

Intangible but ever-present The true sensation of Leiden

The true sensation of Leiden

Contribution: Alex Langston (law alumnus)

To me, the best thing about Leiden is the wild, ethereal atmosphere. It’s completely intangible but ever-present, like a blast of welcome sunlight. It is a centre of positive energy and love from all over the world. There is something indescribable in the streets that you can just feel; everything is so natural, so easy, and so right. You feel this within the university as well. Even during lunch in the KOG cafeteria, you could feel an undercurrent of excitement and the potential for something fun to happen.

It is not possible to put the true sensation of Leiden into words. It is certainly beyond my literary prowess to do so. Yet, when you are there, and when you can feel it, you will know exactly what I mean.

Guided tour of the Academy Building


A real-life fairy tale Guided tour of the Academy Building


From sub-faculty... to city hall

Canal Watch (De Gracht­wacht)


Canal Watch (De Gracht­wacht)

The cortège


In academic gown The cortège

A new  Cleveringa


A new Cleveringa

Development opportunities


Job hopper Development opportunities



Thriving community Camaraderie

City criminologist


City criminologist

The Cleveringa meetings


The Cleveringa meetings

Knowledge centre


Children and anxiety Knowledge centre


That ‘my’ Leiden University feeling



Unlovely but loved Lipsius

Academic ceremonies


Party! Academic ceremonies

Christiaan Huygens


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