Housing

Exchange students, internees, traineeship students 

(Exchange) Programmes with enrolment in home university.

If you study at the VUB as an exchange student ot traineeship student, you have to arrange your own accommodation off campus. 

A number of rooms have been reserved for exchange students with a programme managed by the International Relations & Mobility office, (IRMO) in the U-Residence, a privately run housing facility on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus. IRMO will send all confirmed students an email with more information on the reserved student rooms.

How to look for student housing off campus?

Regular (international) students 

Direct enrolment at the VUB

If you study at the VUB as a regular student with a direct registration in our university, you can either arrange your own accommodation off campus or apply for a VUB room on campus. The latter option is subject to the following conditions and deadlines:

  • application deadline is the 1st of May and confirmation deadline the 8th of July;
  • you have to be enrolled in a basic study programme (bachelor, initial master or preparatory programme to an initial master);
  • you have to be a full time student (min. 54 credits) in a diploma contract;
  • you do not have a Flemish master degree so far.

As the demand for VUB rooms is greater than the supply, we use a priority list. The allocation priorities are listed from high to lower priority.

Priority list 2017-2018

  1. New students who have no previous enrolment in higher education in or outside Flanders
  2. VUB students reapplying for a VUB room who currently have  a VUB room for the first year
  3. VUB students reapplying for a VUB room who currently have a VUB room for the second year
  4. VUB students who apply for a VUB room for the first time
  5. New students who were previously enrolled in higher education outside the VUB
  6. VUB students who have already had their VUB room for more than 2 years
  7. Senior VUB students who submitted their applications after 1 May

However, due to a lack of VUB rooms, students in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th priority will most likely not have the chance to obtain a VUB room for the foreseeable future, until enough rooms have been built to overcome the shortage of rooms.

Please note that this means that all students who register at the VUB for the first time for a Master program are advised to look for housing off campus. Their chances of obtaining a VUB room in the second year is slightly higher, but still low.

How to look for student housing off campus?
How to apply for a VUB room?

Students from developing countries with a scholarship

A quota of 65 rooms can be allocated to students from developing countries with a scholarship from a development cooperation programme if:

  • They are applying for a VUB room for the first time.
  • They are enrolled in a basic study programme as full time student.
  • They do not have a Flemish master degree so far.

If the demand for rooms on campus is greater than the supply, the following priority list of development cooperation programmes is used:

  1. VLIR-UOS-scholarships
  2. BTC-scholarships
  3. VUB-scholarship programme
  4. Scholarships from other development cooperation programmes

The deadline for application is the 10 June, and has to be sent to the development cooperation desk (development [dot] cooperation [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be). A template for application will be sent to the candidate upon request.

Scholarship students from developing countries reapplying for a VUB room are no longer entitled to these reserved rooms, but are treated as regular (international) students.