Stenden Leeuwarden


Both the largest town in Friesland province and its capital city, Leeuwarden drives the provincial economy. With a population of around 100,000, it is located in the north-western part of the Netherlands, about a 90-minute drive from Amsterdam and just 30 minutes from the North Sea coast.

Friesland, which has its own distinct culture and language, is one of the more sparsely populated provinces in the Netherlands, and it is home to many nature reserves, lakes and recreational areas, as well as to three major institutions of higher education. The city of Leeuwarden has a beautiful historic city centre, ample choice in shopping and dining establishments, entertainment venues, and so on. The city also offers excellent access (both by car and public transport) to the rest of the country.

Stenden campus Leeuwarden

Stenden’s main campus is located in Leeuwarden; the student body of all Stenden branches combined is currently 8,750. The selection of programmes on offer include International Hospitality Management, International Business Administration, Tourism Management and Media and Entertainment Management, among others. The campus provides access to modern facilities such as computer labs, Wi-Fi, a library, a gym, a bank, a cafeteria and an employment agency. Our very own Stenden Hotel, run by students from the School of Hotel Management, is also located in Leeuwarden.

International student city

Leeuwarden is a bustling college town with a student population of more than 20,000 and year-round events organised especially for students (including various festivals and comedy events). For more information about Leeuwarden as a student city and for a list of all events, please check out: Leeuwarden studiestad

In your spare time

Besides the numerous museums and landmark buildings that are a testament to Leeuwarden’s rich history, the city also has a lively bar and pub scene for students, with low, student-friendly prices.

If you’re interested in exercise and keeping fit, there is a gym right on campus, along with a variety of sports clubs and facilities. The annual Sports Pass, available for €59, provides full access to all sporting facilities.

European Capital of Culture 2018

Leeuwarden has been selected as Europe’s Capital of Culture 2018. This means that a wealth of cultural activities will be organised to celebrate this milestone. As Community and Diversity is one of the themes of the cultural programme, Stenden students will, of course, be able to get involved in all kinds of projects and activities.

Costs of Living

Your daily expenses include accommodation, food & drinks, public transport, clothes, mobile phone charges and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands for one year spend between €800 and €900 monthly. An average room in Leeuwarden costs somewhere between €300 to €450 monthly.

Contact Information


Stenden University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden

Rengerslaan 8

8917 DD Leeuwarden


+31 (0)58 244 14 41