Practical Information

Before departure

  • Visa requirements may apply depending on your nationality. See the website of Foreign Affairs.
     
  • Housing options
    • International Student House Van Orley
    • The Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers on-campus housing service in Jette.
    • If you want to look for a room on the private market, Brik are experienced in finding housing (a "kot") for international students. They're also a helpful source for the practical side of things: see their page on preparing to move to Brussels and also their handy search engine for finding a student room in Brussels.
       
  • Travelling

 

During your stay

  • Immigration and registration
    If you will be staying in Belgium for more than 3 months, consult the Immigration service for any additional modalities. Register with the municipality in which you will be staying. The Brussels region is subdivided into 19 municipalities.

 

  • Academic calendar (2019-20)
    • Survival Dutch classes: September 9-19th
    • Welcome Day for international students: September 20th
    • Fall term: September 23rd  - January 31th
    • Spring term: February 3rd - June 29th 
    • Re-sits: August 17th -  September 11th
      • Specific academic calendars for each department will be made public around May 2019.
         
  • Want to discover more of Brussels and Belgium in general?
    • You will be informed on all interesting things in Brussels and Belgium during the orientation day. ESN Belgium also organizes many excursions to the major cities of Belgium.

 

Upon leaving

  • Confirm with the international office to make sure your certificate of stay is signed and in order;
  • In case of a stay longer than 3 months, deregister from the municipality in which you are staying.

 

How can I stay in touch?

Good To Know

To prepare you a bit before coming to Belgium, we have gathered some useful tips. We know it can be hard to adjust to a new culture with its typical habits and practices.

How about we discuss a typical day for a student in Brussels?
You get up, get in the shower and prepare for the day. Students in Brussels usually get to their campusses by bike or with public transport.
In Brussels, the company that operatest he public transport is called MIVB. The cheapest way to get by is by buying a subscription. As a student from EhB, you get a discount. Use this link to get more info about it.

If you want to bike your way through Brussels, you could buy one, or you could rent one. https://www.brussels.be/bicycle, for example, lets you use a bicycle, which you afterwards need to drop at a ‘bicycle station’ again. Click on the link to get more info about prices. (apps voor openbaar vervoer)

When classes are over, you’re most likely to get yourself something to eat. Besides the many many options you have for eating out, there’s also some delivery options. If you want your food delivered to you, you can check www.deliveroo.be and www.takeaway.be .

If you want to cook a meal for yourself, here’s an indication on what groceries could cost you:

 

bread

€2 - €3

Beer

€1,5 - €5

Cocktail

€7 - €13

1l of soda

€0,99 - €3

Pizza

€6 - €15

6 tomatoes

€1,50 - €3

Chicken

€3 - €8

Pack of chocolate

€1 - €4

1l Milk

€1 - €3

6 eggs

€1,50 - €3

train ride

€8

hotel room

€100


Bear in mind that prices do differ, depending on which grocery store you’re at and which brand you’re buying.

In the evening, there’s plenty of time to explore. There’s room for culture: think theatre, cinema, concerts,… But also nightlife and restaurants. Everything’s very easily accessible. Take a look at our own RITCS-café, walk in to the closest café or check Brussels its cultural agenda. Everything coming up in your neighborhood will be in it. https://be.brussels/culture-tourism-leisure/culture/cultural-calendar?set_language=en

You can also Join ESN. The European Student Network organizes several activities during the year. It could be easy to get adjusted to all things new and build up a network. (link)  http://esnbelgium.org/incoming-students

This website gives you a good general overview about how to adjust to Belgium, its inhabitants and culture. You can read through it to get to know the country a bit more before arrival.