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    Looking for a student job? Here you can find some interesting links!


    The VUB, together with the university hospital, is one of the biggest employers in the Brussels region. You can also find a lot of student jobs there, so this is a good way to start! 

    General Job Boards

    We have made a selection of Job Boards which offer vacancies for student jobs.

    Some of these websites are only available in Dutch/French.

    Temporary job agencies

    In the Belgian labour market these private agencies play also an important role in matching supply and demand for Student Jobs. We have made a selection of a few agencies of which we know that they play an active role in this field.

    Initial contact is usually best made in a two-track way: first register yourself on the online platform of the agency and follow that up by mailing your CV with a brief explanation of your job goal.

    Some of these websites are only available in Dutch/French.

    Recruitment, Search & Selection offices

    Hospitality, Horeca and Events

    Currently there are probably not many possibilities in this field due to the corona situation. This can pick up quickly as soon as the sanitary situation normalizes.

    Some of these websites are only available in Dutch/French.

    Babysitting, Tutoring and house keeping

    Some of these websites are only available in Dutch/French.

    Cleaning companies

    Social media

    Here you can find a selection of some relevant groups. Make sure to remain vigilant in order to separate the serious from the questionable.


    Combining the freedom of operating as a freelance professional and the (social) security of paid employment.

    Some of these websites are only available in Dutch/French.

    Improve your Job Application Skills

    Determine what drives you, list your competences, build a strong CV, write an attractive motivation letter, etc.. It will all help to find the best possible student job. The VUB can help through its VUB Career Center.

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    Administrative steps

    You found an interesting job vacancy on the Job Board VUB? This is how you apply.

    How to apply

    Did you find a vacancy that matches your profile? You can  apply for the selected student job by selecting ‘apply for this job’. Afterwards, you need to provide personal details: your name and surname, student number, e-mail address, study programme and whether you are a VUB student. Please indicate if you are a PhD student and/or a non-EEA student: there are strict regulations that determine whether you can work as a job student.

    Applying for a job at the VUB? Upload your resume (CV) and a valid student@work attestation. A motivation letter is optional.

    Applying for a job outside of the VUB? Upload your resume (CV). A motivation letter and a valid student@work attestation is optional.

    Student @ work attestation

    If you have an e-ID card and an e-ID-reader, you can download your student@work attestation via mysocialsecurity.be. You can use the computers with e-ID readers in the lobby of Student Jobs (Campus Etterbeek, Building X1) ). If you don’t have an e-ID card, you can contact the National Social Security Office and request a token or login with a password.

    A student@work-attestation is only valid for 3 months. Make sure you always provide a valid attestation.

    Application process

    Did you apply for a job at the VUB? Your application will go directly to the service/department/faculty of the VUB that is looking for a student. This service/department/faculty will decide whether you are invited for a job interview.

    Did you apply for a job outside the VUB?  Your application will go directly to a colleague of Student jobs to verify whether your profile meets the requirements. If you are a PhD student or a non-EEA-student, Student jobs will verify whether you meet the regulations to work as a job student. If so, you will receive the contact information of the employer. It is the employer who decides if you will get an invitation for a job interview.

    Drafting employment contract

    Working as a job student at the VUB? The service/department/faculty of the VUB where you work, is responsible for providing your student employment contract. You will receive your pay slips electronically through the online Basware platform. Questions regarding your employment contract or your salary? Contact VUB-department where you are employed or the HR-department of the VUB.

    Working as a job student outside the VUB? The employer is responsible for providing a valid student employment contract. In case of any problem with your student employment contract or your salary, you should contact the HR-department of the company/organization you are working for.

    How to apply for a student job?

    Check the manual

    Any questions?

    Didn't find the answer in the manual?

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    More information

    Who can work as a student?

    To work as a student in Belgium, you must meet certain conditions. 

    You can work with a student employment contract:

    • If studying is your main activity and any job is clearly a subordinate activity.
    • If you are not working when you are supposed to be attending classes.


    You are no longer considered a student:

    • If you have been working for 12 months or more at the same employer. Once these 12 months have passed, you can no longer perform a student job for this employer. However, you can still work for another employer with a student employment contract.
    • If you receive unemployment benefits

    • An internship as part of your study programme cannot be offered as a student job contract.

    • If studying is not your main activity (e.g. if you are attending evening classes, after your work, as an employee).

    Students from non-EEA countries

    You no longer need a work permit C! This work permit is no longer issued as from January 1st, 2019.

    If you have a legal residence in Belgium and you want to work as a student, having an electronic residence permit or an appendix 15 (if you received this document while awaiting for your residence permit) is sufficient. Since January 1st, 2019, residence permits given to non-EEA citizens studying in Belgium mention extra information about working possibilities. With this residence permit, you can work for any employer in Belgium, considering the following specifications:

    • You can work during the period of validity of your residence permit;
    • During the academic year, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. During official holiday periods (i.e. winter, spring or summer holidays), this limitation does not apply, so you can work more than 20 hours per week ;
    • The student job must be compatible with your study, meaning that you can’t work when you are supposed to be attending classes or other activities related to your study programme.
    • If you arrive in Belgium during the summer before the academic year in which you will start your studies, you are not allowed to work during the months before the start of the academic year.

    Did you arrive in Belgium before 2019 and did you receive a type C work permit for the academic year 2018-2019?

    If you have a type C work permit that is still valid until the end of this academic year, you can still work with this work permit until the end of the academic year.

    Did you arrive in Belgium before 2019 and did you not receive a type C work permit?

    The electronic residence permit you received before 2019 does not mention extra information regarding employment possibilities. You can apply for a new residence permit at the town hall (for a fee). Or you can give your employer a copy of your residence permit and an attestation of registration of the university.

    Specific regulations for PhD students

    • PhD students with a scholarship from the higher education intuition where they study, cannot work as a student within this higher education institution.
    • PhD students with a  scholarship not from the higher education institution where they study, and subjected to social security  contributions (RSZ), cannot work as a student. If the scholarship is not subjected to social security contributions, phD students can work a s a student if this is mentioned in the conditions to receive a scholarship.

    • Self-supporting PhD students not holding a scholarship can work with a student employment contract. Non-EEA students must have a valid residence permit, mentioning the possibility to work as a student, in order to work during the academic year.

    • PhD students who receive a salary and are officially regarded as employees, not as students, cannot work with a student employment contract.

    Social security & taxes

    In doubt if you should pay social security contributions or taxes? Certain measures were taken to exempt most student labour from paying taxes. 

    Social security contributions

    In principle, all employees, including students, must pay social security contributions to the National Social Security Office (NSSO) in order to finance health insurance, holiday pay, etc.

    As a student you receive each calendar year a set of 475 hours during which you can work only paying a solidarity premium of the social security contributions. This means that you are exempted from normal social security contributions during your first 475 hours of student employment.

    Paying taxes

    In April or May, international students who are registered in the foreigner’s register at the city hall will most likely receive a tax form from the Federal Public Service Finance. This individual income tax return relates to the income of the previous calendar year.

    Whether you should pay income taxes in Belgium depends on how much you have earned (in the previous calendar year). If your income remains under a certain amount, you will not have to pay taxes.

    You have to file this tax return, even if you have not earned any income in Belgium or if your income is well below the taxable amount.

    Note! In case you plan to leave Belgium before the tax form has arrived, and you expect a tax refund, you should contact the local tax office and ask for a form that will permit you to declare your income in advance.


    Looking for a job? Student jobs can help in your search for a student job and provides information and advice about legal aspects. The earnings from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium!

    +32 2 629 23 15

    Availability via telephone
    Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM - 12 PM


    Campus in Etterbeek

    Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus

    Temporarily closed on campus
    Location (temporarily closed)
    Building X1
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    Opening hours (temporarily closed)
    Tuesday till Friday: 11AM - 12PM & 1PM Till 3PM

    Campus in Jette

    Brussels Health Campus

    Temporarily closed on campus
    Location (tempoarily closed)
    Room A.114
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    Opening hours (temporarily closed)
    Tuesday 9.30 AM - 1 PM


    It's also possible to deposit your documents in a mailbox, just in front of the exit of the medical library.


    The VUB approaches diversity in society in a positive way, which reflects in our study programmes, student affairs and human resources management. We guarantee we offer equal opportunities for all and we don’t discriminate based on gender, social or ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

    Consequentially we neither accept job vacancies nor search for student-employees based on discriminatory criteria.