Made the decision to come and start an academic adventure in Flanders or Brussels? Congratulations! Now it is time to look for accommodation. In this section, we will link you to helpful housing websites per location and institution.
Finding a place to live - general guidelines
In Flanders and Brussels, there is only limited accommodation available on campus. Most students live in private student houses throughout the city. We don't have a shortage of student housing, so you should be able to find a room for €300-€500/month. As an international student who is looking for housing, your first point of contact should always be your institution. Most offer accommodation services for international students, which include giving advice on how and where to find a room.
Unless you have made clear arrangements to move into your permanent room on the day of arrival, we advise you to reserve a room in advance in a university guesthouse or a hostel for a few nights to a week. Please also note that especially around September and before the start of the second semester, hostels can fill up easily.
Types of accommodation
From a classic student room (a "kot" as we call it) to a flat or even a house, depending on the length of your studies or your budget, you can choose between private accommodation (rental from private owners) and renting a room in a university residence.
Accommodation in the private sector
- A search for housing options can be done in advance on the web. It is also possible, just after arrival, while exploring the neighborhood in person, to be on the lookout for accommodation “to rent” (where you see “Te huur” signs posted) or via dedicated websites. An estate agency is generally used to find more expensive styles of accommodation.
- The standard rental term for a furnished room or studio is 12 months, although some landlords may accept a rental term of 10 or 11 months. Check if water, electricity, heating, wifi (maybe even cleaning?) are included in the monthly rent.
- Flats and houses have rental terms of one to nine years. They are usually not furnished and expenses usually come on top of the monthly rent. To rent a flat or a house, a rental deposit of two months rent is usually required on a blocked account. If you consider renting a flat or a house together with friends, make sure you make crystal clear arrangements among you. Otherwise it's better to rent a room just for yourself.
- Students of all genders often live in the same house. Each student usually has their own private, furnished bedroom and shares the kitchen, lounge area and sanitary facilities with other students. In most cases, students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and the shared kitchen. Although rooms are usually let with basic furniture, you will most likely need to provide your own mattress, blankets, pillows, sheets, towels and light bulbs. Some utensils may be available but you will often have to buy your own plates, cutlery, pots and pans and other kitchen utensils. The average price of this type of accommodation ranges from €300 to €500/month, depending on the level of comfort of the facilities offered.
University guest houses
University guest houses offer rooms at variable prices for a limited duration. Specific regulations apply with regard to check-in times, location, prices and comfort (shared or private sanitary, breakfast or not,.. ). Please check your own institution's webpages on housing for detailed information.
Find the dedicated webpages on housing here below.
Universities of Applied Sciences
- Antwerp Maritime Academy
- AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- Artevelde University of Applied Sciences
- Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- Howest University of Applied Sciences
- KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- LUCA School of Arts
- Odisee University of Applied Sciences
- PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- Thomas More University of Applied Sciences
- UCLL University of Applied Sciences
- VIVES University of Applied Sciences
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