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    Housing in Brussels

    International students have several accomodation possibilities in Brussels. Depending on the type of international student you are, you can either arrange your own accomodation off campus or apply for a VUB room on campus.


    If you are enrolled in the VUB with the intention of obtaining a diploma, you can either arrange your own accommodation in Brussels or apply for a VUB room on campus.

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    non-VUB student rooms

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    VUB student rooms


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

    (Exchange) Programmes with enrolment in home university

    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.

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    Student housing off campus

    Students from developing countries with a scholarship

    The students from developing countries* with a scholarship from a development cooperation programme can apply for a student room at the VUB.

    *31 partner countries of Belgian non-governmental cooperation. Consult this list for more information.


    Are you a student from a developing country with a scholarship from a development cooperation programme? You can qualify for one of the 65 reserved rooms if:

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

    Priority list

    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

    Deadline and application procedure

    The deadline for application is the 10 June and the applications need to be sent to the development cooperation desk (development.cooperation@vub.ac.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.


    International students in need of transitional housing before finding a permanent housing solution can request a discount voucher for short-stay rooms in U-Residence.

    Students can also request vouchers in case of special circumstances (e.g. public transport strikes, exams, etc.). 


    U-Residence is located on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus and offers 64 long-stay studios (12 month-contract) and 31 short-stay rooms with hotel service (1 night until 3 months maximum). The price of a one-night stay is 75 euros for a single room and 100 euros for a double room. A discount voucher entitles you to a discount of 15 euros per night, per person on the stated prices. The rooms are equipped with private bathroom, shower and kitchenette. There is Wifi, TV and daily housekeeping. Breakfast is not included.

    Request your voucher

    International students in need of transitional housing should address themselves to international.relations@vub.ac.be in order to request discount vouchers. However, the total number of vouchers that is granted yearly is limited.

    Students in need of emergency housing on campus (exams, strikes) can request the discount vouchers via infradesk@vub.ac.be. Mention of the number of persons and the number of nights, as well as the special circumstances applying to the request. 

    After receiving your voucher

    After your discount voucher has been granted, a promotional code will be sent by email. This code should be used during the online room reservation on the U-Residence website. A ‘first come, first served’ principle applies: availability of the rooms cannot be guaranteed. Make sure to request your voucher and make your reservation in time!

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