Temporary Housing

Vlerick Business School does not offer on-campus accommodation. We advise our students to come to Belgium a few weeks before the start of the programme and book a room at a hostel, Airbnb or similar whilst they look for permanent housing.

Some suggestions for temporary housing can be found in our City Guides for your first days in Belgium until you can move in your new apartment.

Permanent Housing

We advise you to visit several places before securing an accommodation, to compare options and have the chance to see the area and the offer.

The most commonly used apartment search websites in Brussels are the following:

  • Spotahome.com is an online housing booking platform, offering medium and long-term accommodation (apartments, rooms, studios and student residences) in ten different countries. Their services are particularly interesting for international students searching accommodation before their arrival to Brussels. Spotahome verifies all the properties and takes photos, a guided video tour and provides detailed descriptions of the home and the neighbourhood. Vlerick students can enjoy a 30% discount on Spotahome’s booking fees with the following discount code: VLERICKDISC (introduce during the booking request).
  • HousingAnywhere 
    On HousingAnywhere you can safely book your accommodation in Brussels before your arrival.
    Sign-up here to receive a Verified profile and priority access to all listings available.
    For more information check the how it works page or send an email to [email protected].
  • Jet Upkot: 143 furnished and nicely decorated student rooms in a brand new building. Discover which room type suits you best (go solo, go duo or go triple) and admire the unique look and feel of the common living spaces. Get a room in Jet Upkot and become part of the Upkot family with its lively community and events. Your Upkot coach can help you with general questions and/or problems. Jet Upkot is situated next to the railway station of Jette (Brussels) and on a 15 minute bike ride from Vlerick Business School Brussels.
  • www.xior.be
  • www.student-rooms.com 
  • www.appartager.be 
  • www.immoweb.be/en 
  • www.immo.vlan.be 
  • www.logic-immo.be 
  • www.zimmo.be 
  • www.ikot.be 
  • brik.mykot.be
  • upliving.be

Alternatively, you can walk around the city and look out for the orange “A louer/Te huur” (to rent) signs in windows or on front doors of apartments. Just call to the phone number indicated on the form and arrange a meeting with the landlords in order to visit the available accommodation.

If you are looking for a student room or flatshare, you should look out of for the words “Colocation” or “Kot” in adverts. Furnished rooms will be advertised as “meublé”. You should expect to pay a security deposit of two to three months of rent. Popular areas for students are Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Etterbeek and Auderghem. We advise you to avoid the city centre (1000 Brussels) as this might result in delays with your residence permit request.

We advise you to avoid the city centre (1000 Brussels) as this might result in delays with your residence permit request.

Please, note that you should only rent a room or apartment where “domiciliation” is possible. This is required for the residence permit and registration at the local authorities. Without this you will not be able to register.

Tips & tricks when renting a room/studio

  • Read the contract and ask all questions before signing an agreement. Normally Belgian contracts are in French/Dutch, but you can check a standard English contract from the housing organisation Kotagent.
  • To be able to register in the town hall to get your resident card, you must be able to use the address of the room/apartment. Make sure to check whether that is possible with the landlord.       
  • A deposit of 2 to 3 months of rent is usually asked to cover possible damages and cleaning upon your departure. If you leave everything clean and without damages, you will be fully refunded. Never pay the deposit directly to the landlord, but always arrange the deposit through a bank to a rental guarantee account. 
  • Make sure you know what is included in the costs (water, electricity, heating…) and what the extra costs per month will imply and how they are calculated.
  • Check if the room/studio is furnished/unfurnished so you can calculate what you need to foresee extra.       
  • Make an inventory of possible damages to the property together with the landlord as soon as you are in. If you have individual counters for water/electricity, it is good to take note of the meter reader when you move in.

For further information, compare your options for different housing providers, neighbourhoods, furniture rental and utilities on the webpage of Xpatris.

For more detailed city-specific information, consult the International Guides.

Still have questions regarding accommodation? Don’t hesitate to contact the International Office team!

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