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.

NHL Stenden campus Leeuwarden

NHL Stenden’s main campus is located in Leeuwarden and offers a wide range of degree subjects inlcuding Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Communication and Multimedia Design, Creative Business and International Human Resources. The campus provides access to modern facilities such as study landscapes, computer labs, Wi-Fi, a library, a gym, various cafés and eateries and an employment agency. Our very own Notiz Hotel and Wannee Restaurant, run by students from Hotel Management School NHL Stenden, are also located on the Leeuwarden campus.

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Virtual Tour

Experience our campus in Leeuwarden, check out our virtual tour.

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 €70, provides access to all courses in the gym. For €20 per month, you get access to all courses and gym facilities. 

Address, parking and public transport

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden 
Rengerslaan 8-10 
8917 DD Leeuwarden 
+31 58 244 1155

Mailing address
Postbus 1080
8900 CB Leeuwarden


Coming by car? There is a big parking lot right next to NHL Stenden with enough spaces. A ticket for the whole day is around 2 euro and on Open Days and other events parking is free. 

Public Transport

From the train station, which is in the centre of town, you can take a bus with number 612 or 6 on the front. It will take you right in front of our building in less than ten minutes. The bus goes very regularly as a lot of students travel from the station to NHL Stenden. You could walk as well, that will take you about 20-30 minutes.