As an international student coming to Leiden, can I look for my own accommodation?

Yes, you can look for your own accomodation without the intervention of Leiden University Housing Office. However we do not generally recommend it, as there is a lack of (student) housing in Leiden and finding accomodation yourself as an international student is quite difficult. Also note that you will need an official address for student visa and residence permit formalities (if applicable). 
Should you still decide to look for your own housing you can find some useful links and tips on our Housing website.