Unusual housing options in Leiden, the Netherlands?
May 9, 2013 1:47 AM   Subscribe

I am moving from Germany to Leiden for one year. As this is a short amount of time, I want to investigate if there are any possibilities for unique housing situations (houseboats, co-ops, windmills (I'm joking about the windmills. No, I am only half-joking about the windmills.)). What are the options beyond renting a typical apartment? I am a professional in my 30's with no dependents and 3 suitcases of earthy possessions, so now seems like the perfect time for an adventure. My only requirements are electricity, running water, a kitchen (shared or otherwise), and less than a 30 minute commute (via bicycle and mass transit) to the university. Sadly, I do not speak Dutch. Where should I begin looking?
posted by Peter Petridish to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have any Leiden-specific suggestions, but keep an eye on Kamernet (mostly rooms in "student houses" with undergrads) and Marktplaats, which also has an expat rentals section. (I've put in the Leiden university postal code as a starting point for these searches.)
posted by knile at 2:17 AM on May 9, 2013

Don't have time to check myself if there is anything for Leiden, but here you go: cameloteurope.com
Viel Erfolg!
posted by travelwithcats at 3:01 AM on May 9, 2013

Travelwithcats alludes to this, but here's some more links:

Camelot sets up residents for an An anti-squatting (known as "antikraak") arrangement. (More English info here, here, here.

Or you could go the other route and squat. I'm barely aware of how my local squat scene operates, let alone Leiden's, but it's probably a bit tough to navigate from afar without speaking Dutch. People in the Leiden Couchsurfing community could also have some tips, in general.
posted by knile at 2:41 AM on May 10, 2013

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