Housing

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 Guide for your first days in Belgium until you can move in your new apartment.

Permanent Housing

We strongly recommend to focus your search to the following websites and organisations, which we are in regular contact with. Many of our Vlerick students in the past have used these websites to find their home in Belgium and the feedback has always been positive:

  • 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).
    Spotahome
  • Upkot: Upkot promises a great experience while studying in Belgium. We offer student rooms and apartments in 7 Belgian cities. Imagine a second home away from home, with nicely furnished rooms, great shared facilities (kitchen & chill rooms, study café, fitness etc) and a great community. Our on-site Upkot coach will help you with general questions, and will organise all kinds of activities and events. All our Upkot projects are sustainably designed, and are close to numerous campuses as well as public transport. There are several Upkot buildings just a short walk or bike ride away from the Vlerick Business School campuses in Brussels and Ghent. Find your Upkot now & visit www.upkot.be.
  • 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 vip@housinganywhere.com.
  • www.xior.be: Xior Student Housing is a Belgian company specialised in student housing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. In Belgium we have over 4,000 rooms in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt and Leuven. Our student residences provide a comfortable and safe environment that's specifically geared to the demands of the modern student. They are always centrally located in close proximity to educational institutions. Our student rooms meet all the necessary quality standards and are equipped with the latest fire protection. This way, we alleviate your concerns and leave you free to focus on 2 things: studying and enjoying life in student rooms to the fullest. A room with just that little bit more, where every student feels at home. More information via www.xior.eu.

The other commonly used apartment search websites in Belgium are the following:

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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