Leiden or Leyden is a town in the Netherlands. The city is known for its university - the oldest in the country, the birthplace of Rembrandt and for its beautiful, old city centre (the second biggest after Amsterdam). It is a friendly, small city which has a large population of students.
A population of just over 100,000, and just under 20,000 students makes Leiden one of the Netherlands few true student towns (to go along with Groningen, Nijmegen and Delft). Leiden University is the Netherlands oldest university, founded in the 16th Century to commemorate the resistance of its townsfolk to the Spanish siege. Its buildings are dotted around town in and out of the city centre. This gives Leiden a relatively young and internationally diverse population, especially with the university having a particularly strong law and medical faculty. The LUMC is located right behind central station. Its vibrant student population means Leiden is never short of a great place for a drink. However Leiden's Dutch students are notorious for being dominated by its 'Studenten verenigingen' (fraternities) which means many international students choose to go to nearby Amsterdam, or the Hague for late night partying.