Leeuwarden has abuot 800 foreign studenst that study at the NHL and CHN. Recently I heard that some of those students have a real hard time the first year they get here. The reason for that is that they can't look for work in the first six months. The IND, immigration services of the Netherlands, refuses to give them their papers in time. And once they get them they are only valid for half a year.
I visited two Universities in the US recently, Berea and Athens. The villages are totally focused on on students. It brings a city to life. It would be great if Leeuwarden tried to take more advantage of the great potential those students give this city.