04 September 2017
Leiden University to open new Student Centre in The Hague
Leiden University will be opening a new Student Centre in The Hague in the Orion Building on the Turfmarkt. The centre will have space for social and cultural activities, work spots and a fitness room for the growing number of students and staff at the Hague Campus
The number of students at Leiden University in The Hague is growing rapidly. There are now around 4,000 students studying towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the Hague Campus.
The new Wijnhaven building on the Turfmarkt came into use in the beginning of 2017. Since then there has been a growing need among students for a central meeting place for social activities, but also to study and do sports. The new The Hague Student Centre is meant to meet these needs.
The Municipality of The Hague is contributing €2 million towards the formation of Student Centre. According to Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines (Education): ‘The Hague is increasingly becoming a college town, which means we need to invest in space and facilities. At the moment The Hague does not have a Student Centre and this is something which is essential in a true college town.’
The Student Centre is expected to open in the summer of 2018. Residents living near the Orion Building will be informed about the construction work and the refurbishment of the building.
The university will be able to decide together with the municipality to allow access to other groups of users than students from Leiden University. The Student Centre will contribute to improving the living environment for students in the city.