Who said owls don't sleep?

Sleeping arrangement

If you haven’t found accommodation yet or your housing contract hasn’t started yet, we may have a relatively cheap option for you: 

You can check the box on the regular sign up form to indicate your interest. We do it like this because the set up of DORM is depending on enough interest and because once payment is completed on the regular sign up form for OWL participation, we are not able to add any additional products. By doing it in this way participants can still sign up at a later stage if (unexpectedly) needed. If you tick the box, you will receive information either once we have reached the minimum number to set up the DORM or at the latest on the 10th of August 2024. 

If we do organise the DORM, you will then receive a link to a sign up form. Once signed up for DORM, you will receive more detailed information shortly before the start of OWL. 

The information below is ONLY relevant if we reach the minimum interest and set up DORM:

it is possible to make use of the special Night Dorm that we set up for participants of the OWL Week. During the OWL we transform 2 of the Sports halls at the USC (University Sports Centre) into dormitories. We have room for approx. 175 students.
The Dorm is only available for OWL participants and it is non-refundable.

The USC is located about a 15 minute walk from Leiden Central Station and about 20 minutes from the city center. 

You can safely store your (large) luggage and put smaller items in free lockers for easy access. During the day the dorms will be closed except for supervised opening at fixed times so your stuff is safe.
During regular opening hours (7.30 am-11pm) the USC cafeteria will be open and available for drinks and snacks. At the USC free WiFi is available.

The price for the dorm is 78€, which includes 6 nights lodging and a simple breakfast every morning. The dorm opens on Sunday the 25th of August after 20.00 and the checkout from the dorm will be on Saturday the 31st of August by 10 am. 

Registrants of the dorm are required to bring their own air mattress and sleeping bag. We offer a limited amount of sleeping bags and air mattresses: both costs 20€ . You can find the dorm registration and air-mattress/sleeping bag options on the Dorm registration/payment form.

The air-mattress/sleeping bag you pre-order will be waiting for you at the dorm and they are yours to keep.

The Dorm can only be booked online for the fixed number of nights in advance. If you need a place for fewer nights you can report to the Coordination Team at the start of the OWL. They will be able to tell you if there is room available.

The cost for DORM or any additional purchases is non-refundable. 
The booked space is also non-transferable: ID’s will be checked daily at check-in

A group of capable and well-trained crew (Night Watch) will guard your safety during the nights.
If you have any doubts or questions, check our FAQ’s or send an email to then 

Sign up

Sign ups are possible as long as there is room or up until the 25th of August when we will be closing the online registration for DORM. You can email us at if you have any questions.

LeidsePas Discount Card

During the OWL online registration you will be offered the option of buying a LeidsePas discount card. This card will help you discover Leiden even on a (tight) student budget. With the LeidsePas you will receive discounts up to 50% at over 150 different venues in Leiden!

  • Discounts at shops with books, bikes & accessories, clothes, shoes, etc.
  • Discount on beer at various bars
  • Up to 50% off the museums entry fees
  • Reduced prices at a wide range of restaurants
  • Reduced membership fees for a vast amount of gyms
  • Valid until July 1st 2025
  • And much, much more…

Make sure you order through OWL and not the website to get the discount!!
For OWL we have a special offer, only valid for OWL Week Participants:
A LeidsePas for €19,95

The card can be purchased during online registration for the OWL and picked up during the week. You will be informed on details.