Warning: fraudulent advertisements!

When you are looking for student accommodation, beware of fraudulent advertisements on the internet. Fake landlords are renting out non-existent accommodation. Other imposters use stolen identities to rent out existing accommodation. They target international students in particular.

We certainly don’t want to scare you off but we want to advise you to be cautious.

  • Never pay a deposit before signing the contract and being 100% sure the accommodation exists and is for rent.
  • Always ask for the landlord’s personal information (name, surname, phone number and a photocopy of his/her ID).
  • Double-check the provided address on Google maps to see if it exists. 
  • If possible: read the reviews of other users with the ad. 
  • Pay with a credit card, because then your payment is insured.

If you notice any suspicious advertisements or if you become a victim of a scam, please be sure to report this to the local police.

We always recommend visiting the room in real life to avoid scamming. Maybe you can try to come over to Belgium a few weeks in advance and stay at a hostel to arrange your accommodation. 


Brussel

LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture

Looking for a student room?

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Gent 

LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture

Looking for a student room?

  • We don’t have student accommodation of LUCA School of Arts or KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture in Gent. 
  • Consult the database of Kotatgent and find a room in Gent. This database states with every advertisement whether the room meets fire safety and housing quality. The average rent/month on Kotatgent for a room in 2021 is €369 excl. costs and €402 incl. EGW. The average rent for a studio is €502 excl.costs and €528 incl. EGW.
  • On this moment it's very difficult to find a student room: If you can’t find a place to rent in Gent (postcode 9000), maybe you can try to extend the search area to 9050 Ledeberg/Gentbrugge, 9031 Drongen, 9030 Mariakerke/Wondelgem…Gent isn’t that big to travel around.
  • Or try as a last attempt to find a student room in a student city near Ghent; for example Brugge, Kortrijk, Antwerpen, Brussel…. Have a look at the train tickets. Take a look at Kotwest: the official student room database of student cities in the west part of our country.

When can a student room's rental price be increased?

  • Increase through indexation: If the same tenant signs a consecutive rental agreement for the same room, the landlord has the right to index the rental price once a year. The indexation can happen one year after the start of the rental agreement at the earliest. 

  • Cost increase: for student housing, the rental price should include all costs except those of energy, water, telecommunications, and the tax on second residences. Those can be charged separately.There are several ways to charge costs: an all-in rental price, or, when (part of) the energy costs are charged separately, a flat fee or an advance payment/provisional fee can be applied.

  1. All-in rental price: when an all-in rental price is used, this price cannot be changed unilaterally during the rental period.

  2. Advance payment or provisional fee: the tenant pays a monthly fixed advance (or provisional fee). At the end of the year (or the rental period), the actual cost is calculated. The difference between all provisional fees and the actual cost then determines whether the tenant needs to make an extra payment or is reimbursed part of the advance payments. The tenant and landlord can only increase the monthly advance upon mutual agreement. This is to prevent the tenant from having to pay a large amount all at once at the final settlement. 

  3. Flat fee: the tenant pays a monthly flat fee, regardless of the actual cost. There is no final settlement at the end of the year (or rental period). The flat fee cannot be changed unilaterally during the rental period. This can only be done upon mutual agreement between the tenant and the landlord.

In need of more information? 


    Genk


    The rental agreement

    The rental agreement will specify certain things: the amount of the security deposit, the duration, the rental fee, notice period(s), obligations, rights, prohibitions, etc. A contract is binding, so once it has been signed there is no backing out of it.

    A Dutch, French and English model of a rental agreement can be viewed at Kotatgent or Brik Brussel 

    The deposit

    Keep in mind that you might be required to pay a deposit (max. 2 months). The landlord can request you to open a joint bank account for the deposit, which will be returned to you upon departure if no damage has been ascertained to the room or its furniture. The deposit should never be considered as payment for the rent!