How to look for student housing in the city

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To find a student room in Brussels, we advise you to start with one of the university partners: Br(ik & U-Residence. If you do not find your thing there, you can hit the Brussels private housing market. 

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Br(ik

Br(ik is a partner organisation of the university. This Brussels based service helpdesk for students has the largest database of student rooms iKot (http://ikot.brik.be/en) and answers your questions about living in Brussels. This online database contains about 400 student rooms and studios in Br(ik's management and about 4000 rooms of acquainted private landlords in the Brussels district: in the city centre, close to the campuses in Jette, Etterbeek (Elsene/Oudergem) or Anderlecht, or any of the other communes.
 

If you are only staying for a limited amount of time, you can stay at the Van Orley International Student House. This building is located in the centre of Brussels and ensures a comfortable stay. You find all info here.

More info about Br(ik

  • U-Residence

U-Residence is a residence on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus, where private partner COVAS nv offers studios for rent. ‘Long stay’ (12 months) is exclusively reserved for students from VUB, ULB, EhB or Vesalius College. ‘Short stay’ (max. 3 months, hotel service) is also available.

More information and reservations: www.u-residence.be
Contact: info [at] u-residence [dot] be 

For exchange students, that will study at the VUB with a program managed by the International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO) e.g. Erasmus+, Asem Duo, etc.,  IRMO has already reserved a number of short-term rooms in U-residence (1 semester, following the semester dates, not negotiable). These students will receive all reservation information by e-mail from IRMO.

  • Spot A Home

Spotahome.com is an online housing booking platform, offering mid to long term (1 month minimum) accomodation in fifteen European cities. The website is ideal for Erasmus exchange or an internship abroad as you can search for housing prior to arrival. You can take virtual tours and make booking requests fully online. 

  • UpKot

Just beside the VUB Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus 216 rooms/studios are available through UpKot.

Starting from the academic year 2017-2018 143 rooms/studios will be available near the Brussels Health Campus as well.

All information (in Dutch of French) is available here.

  • Erasmus University College Brussels

The International Office (IO) of the Erasmus University College Brussels allocates a fixed amount of rooms for international students at the EhB Student Dorm in Jette, a green and calm location situated on the outskirts of Brussels.The student home is located at the Brussels Health Campus. Please click here for more information about the location. You will find all information and the application form on this page.

GETTING STARTED: TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION

Students and scholars with friends or family in Belgium could try to contact those relatives or friends and set up a transit stay with them. You can also find affordable accommodation at the various youth hostels and hotels in Brussels.

   
Youth hostels Hotels

Facebook groups

 

Settle down: short and long term accommodation

If you cannot find a suitable room at Br(ik, you can continue your search on one of the housing websites below. Tips or advice of other international students mostly is very useful.

     
rent-a-flat-brussels.eu apartager.be immoweb.be
xpats.com vlan.be brussels-flats.be
brusselsdestination.be expatriates.com flatsbrussels.com
be-housing.be pied-a-terre.be eu-rentals.com
easylifeinbrussels.be    

Facebook groups

 

Communes close to the campus

Brussels consists of 19 communal regions, with each their own local authorities or town hall called the ‘commune’, where the administrative services of your communal region are located: www.brussel.irisnet.be/about-the-region/the-communes-of-the-region

Commune Postal Code Commune Postal Code
1. Anderlecht 1070 12. Sint-Gillis (Saint-Gilles) 1060
2. *Brussels city centre 1000 13. Sint-Jans-Molenbeek 1080
(Brussel, Bruxelles)   (Molenbeek-Saint-Jean)  
incl. Laken (Laeken) 1020 14. Sint-Joost-ten-Node 1210
and Neder-Over-Heembeek 1120 (Saint-Josse-ten-Noode)  
3. Elsene (Ixelles) 1050 15. Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe 1200
4. Etterbeek 1040 (Woluwe-Saint-Lambert)  
5. Evere 1140 16. sint-Pieters-Woluwe 1150
6. Ganshoren 1083 (Woluwe-Saint-Pierre)  
7. Jette 1090 17. Ukkel (Uccle) 1180
8. Koekelberg 1081 18. Vorst (Forret) 1190
9. Oudergem (Auderghem) 1160 19. Watermaal-Bosvoorde 1170
10. Schaarbeek (Schaerbeek) 1030 (Watermael-Boitsford)  
11. Sint-Agatha-Berchem
(Berchem-Sainte-Agathe)
1082 *Brussels city centre, Laken and
Neder-Over-Heembeek share the same
town hall in Brussels city centre
 

 

Tips and tricks

  •  Warning signs of rental scams
    • Never wire funds via Western Union.
    • If landlords are unable to meet with you, show you the home, and/or must be reached electronically because they are in a foreign land doing something, it is very likely that it is a scam.
    • If something is "too good to be true," it is too good to be true...because it is a scam. E.g. rental rates that are well below the current market rates.
  • The current average price in Brussels:
  • for a furnished student room you pay €350 to €450, charges included
  • for a furnished short-term studio (6 months to 1 year) €450 to €700, charges not included
  • for a non-furnished long-term studio €600, charges not included
  • Fire insurance is mandatory. Ask the International Relations & Mobility Office about it.

  • It is always nice to get acquainted with an area before renting accommodation there, so explore the neighbourhood.

  • If possible, visit the room before renting and compare several rooms. You can use Br(ik’s Summer stay, to rent a room in Brussels for 2 weeks or longer to visit rooms during your stay.

  • To avoid cost surprises at the end of the rental contract, carefully check what is included in your contract as well as the mentioned start and end date of the rental contract before you sign.

    Check if your room is furnished and if there is a mattress available.

    Check if the costs of heating, electricity, water etc. is included in the rent. If not, your contract should clearly state how these costs will be calculated.

  • If you want private sanitary facilities, you need to make sure it is mentioned in your contract.

  • You will be asked to pay a deposit for an amount of two to three months’ rent. This is standard procedure in Belgium. If you leave your room clean and undamaged, the deposit will be refunded. If not, your landlord will use (part of) the deposit as payment for the cleaning or the repairs.

  • Most of the time, the regular rental period is 12 months.

  • Always read your rental agreement carefully before you sign it. Most rental contracts are in Dutch or French. As an example, see the standard rental contract in English of the housing organisation Br(ik on http://brik.be/international-students/tips.
    VUB’s CAW-Brussels can assist you (02 - 629 23 45, onthaal [dot] etterbeek [at] cawbrussel [dot] be, Triomflaan 32, 1040 Etterbeek; UZ Brussels, entrance consultations, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Jette or Priemstraat 19A, 1000 Brussels).

 

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