Living in Belgium

Accommodation [->]

UCLouvain Accommodation Office offers 5,725 university units (rooms in shared flats, studios, flats, and family apartments) on the Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels Woluwe and Mons campuses, primarily...

Social security

Students other than grant-assisted PhD students do not pay Belgian social security contributions but do need to take action regarding reimbursement of healthcare costs (see ‘Healthcare’ section).

Budget/Cost of living

Naturally, planning a budget depends on specific situations. Generally speaking, a single person should plan on an annual budget of approximately €13,200. Families and shared households...

Getting around Belgium

Public transport, taxi, bicycle

Income Taxes

Students and grant holders (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) are not liable to tax as individuals unless they earn above a certain amount: see Only PhD...


Childcare, schools, family allowances

Learning french

Language courses

Other practical information

Driving, postal services, internet/telephone, bank/paiements, electricity/television, smoking, waste management, doctors/hospitals/pharmacies, emergency numbers, religion

About Belgium

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