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Leiden, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: People describe Leiden, Netherlands as a charming, historic city with a vibrant student population. Expats love the city's laid-back atmosphere, its proximity to Amsterdam, and its many cultural attractions. The weather in Leiden is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $1,500 per month. The approximate population of Leiden is 120,000.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Leiden, they said:

"Before retiring in Leiden, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than the national average. They should also research the local housing market to find a suitable place to live. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local healthcare system and the availability of medical services. It is also important to understand the local culture and customs, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition. Finally, expats should research the local job market to find out what opportunities are available for those who wish to continue working after retirement," remarked one expat living in Leiden, The Netherlands.

"hmmm difficult. Actually nothing in tone of warning... just DO IT! It's a great place," wrote one member in Leiden.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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