Student accomodation 

in Brussel:

in Gent:

in Leuven:

in Genk:

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 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 to visit 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 you accommodation. 

Don’t send any money in advance without contract or checkup of the room! Unfortunately, we have knowledge of a number of scamming cases in the past.

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!


Psychological assistance 

Sometimes things happen that (seriously) affect your daily live or study progress. Don’t hesitate to talk with one of our Stuvo counselors. They can offer you assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, study related or psychological problems and difficulties.

on campus Sint-Lukas Brussel and Narafi Brussel for students of LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture:

Sofie Giets (Psychologist, intern)

Pol Gerits (Psychologist, extern)

  • Edmond Tollenaerestraat 56 (box 10), 1020 Brussel
  • pol.gerits@gmx.com
  • +32 (0) 473 95 96 80
  • By appointment only 

on campus Sint-Lucas Gent for students of LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture:

Anne-Marie Desmet (Psychologist, intern)

Sofie Giets (Psychologist, intern)

on campus Lemmens Leuven for students of LUCA School of Arts:

Maaike De Zitter 

Student Health Centre KU Leuven

  • Genral practitioners
  • Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • Confidential Advisor

at campus C-Mine Genk for students of LUCA School of Arts:

Psychological Services


Student doctors 

Belgian Health Care

With the European Health Insurance Card you are covered in case of hospitalisation. For outpatient costs you need to advance the total sum of the cost at the doctor and at the pharmacy. You can subscribe with a Belgian health insurance fund if you would like to follow the same rules as for residents (you only have to pay 20 – 30% of the total sum of the medical cost). If you don’t have an EHIC – card, you can enrol in a Belgian health insurance fund. 

If you have more questions, contact stuvo.brussel@luca-arts.be or stuvo.gent@luca-arts.be

Are you in need of medical assistance?

in Brussel:

in Gent:

in Leuven:

in Genk:


Financial aid 

To be eligible for financial aid by Stuvo, Stuvo follows the nationality conditions of the scholarship from the Flemish Community. Foreign students who only stay temporarily in Belgium for studying, are considered to have enough financial aid to study in Belgium. Only in an emergency situation financial aid by Stuvo might be granted, and only after a thorough investigation.

The forms of financial aid are:

  • An advance on the scholarship of the Flemish Community
  • A social allowance for study costs
  • An interest-free loan for study costs
  • A financial intervention for psychological support
  • A financial intervention in speech therapy costs, diagnostic testing learning disability and personality research

Applying is possible until June 1st of the academic year

Scholarship granted by the Flemish Community

As a foreign student you can be eligible for a scholarship from the Flemish Community, if you comply with three main requirements: nationality requirement, study requirement and financial requirement. Note that If the nationality conditions are not fulfilled in the first place, study and financial requirements do not matter.

Tuition Fee

If you receive a scholarship from the Flemish Community, you are entitled to pay the reduced tuition fee. The student administration office checks whether the scholarship was requested in time and whether it was granted.

This reduction also applies when you fulfill both the nationality conditions of the scholarship from the Flemish Community and the financial conditions for a scholarship, but not the conditions of study (e.g. you are registered with a credit contract or for less than 27 credits, …). In that case you have to ask for the reduced tuition fee at Stuvo.

If you don’t apply to get reduction, payment of the tuition fee in installments is only possible if you comply with the nationality conditions to be eligible for a scholarship from the Flemish Community. If you apply to these nationality conditions, you can ask Stuvo for the other conditions you should meet. Take into account that the minority of students who stay temporarily in Belgium apply to these conditions.

Tax forms 

Some of you may already have received a tax form from the Belgian Finance Ministry in a  brown envelope.
Some of you have completed the tax return of last year via Tax-on-web and won't receive a brown envelope.
The tax relates to the income of last year. 
You have to file the tax return, if you were registered in the National Register of Individuals in Belgium, even if you have not earned any income in Belgium or if your income is well below the taxable amount.

Ask your social service on your campus for more information. 


Student jobs 

Every student who is allowed to carry out student work in Belgium is entitled to 475 hours during which he/she may work for reduced social contributions, per year.

If your nationality isn’t that of any of the states of the European Union or that of any of the following states: Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, you need a residence permit to work in Belgium (which states that you can work here temporarily).

Finding a job as an international student isn’t easy because of the language (Dutch and/or French is required). 

Check our Jobteaser Student Career platform (available for students of LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture). 


Public transport

in Brussel:

  •  MIVB is the company that provides public transport in Brussel, this means tram, metro and bus. For a student ‘School Season Ticket’ please check the MIVB – website.
  • Check the possibilities to bike at Brik 
  • The NMBS is the national company of railways in Belgium. 

in Gent:

  • You can rent a bike with De Fietsambassade Gent. You'll also be able to find more information about how to prevent bike theft etc.
  • De Lijn is the company that provides public transport (bus, tram) in Gent. If you're under the age of 24, you can buy a Buzzypass which is the most beneficial for regular use.
  • The NMBS is the national company of railways in Belgium. 

in Leuven:

  • You can rent a bike with Velo
  • De Lijn is the company that provides public transport (bus) in Leuven. If you're under the age of 24, you can buy a Buzzypass which is the most beneficial for regular use.
  • The NMBS is the national company of railways in Belgium. 

in Genk:

  • You can rent a bike with Fietsbasis vzw located at the trainstation.
  • De Lijn is the company that provides public transport (bus) in Genk. If you're under the age of 24, you can buy a Buzzypass which is the most beneficial for regular use.
  • The NMBS is the national company of railways in Belgium. 

    Sports & culture for students

    in Brussel:

    in Gent:

    • Enjoy the sports programme of Artevelde University College for only €20/semester.
    • Swimming: 11 swims in the municipal pools for €12.
    • Get a refund for your sports registration!  Do you have a subscription to a sports club? Bring your original proof of registration to Stuvo and we pay you back 20% (up to a maximum of €40).
    • Movies: go to the movies at Sphinx Cinema or Studio Skoop for €3. Maximum purchase of 2 tickets/student per academic year for Sphinx and 2 for Studio Skoop.
    • Music: enjoy the best concerts organized by Democrazy in Gent and buy your tickets at discount prices from Stuvo.
    • Stuvo activities: during the academic year Stuvo organizes all kinds of activities. Check and like FB STUVO LUCA GENT to keep informed.
    • BILL-EYCA app: every student from LUCA School of Arts Gent and the Faculty of Architecture Gent can access this App for cultural advantages. 
    • Would you like to organize an activity yourself? Request  your support from Stuvo and contact liselotte.dobbelaere@luca-arts.be for more information. 

    Buy your tickets at Stuvo (Monday and Wednesday: Hoogstraat 41/Tuesday and Thursday: Alexianenplein 2 between 1 pm and 5 pm during the academic year) 

    in Leuven:

    • Everybody who practices sports at the University Sports Centre or who uses the sports facilities must be in possession of a personalized sports card.
    • Enjoy every second of Leuven cultural life with the KU Leuven Culture Card, also available for students of Lemmens. 

    in Genk:

    • Discover the sport facilities in Genk. 
    • BILL-EYCA app: every student from LUCA School of Arts Genk can access this App for cultural advantages. 
    • Stuvo also organizes several cultural activities: from a free movie at Kinepolis Hasselt to very cheap tickets for a musical in Antwerp or an opera in Brussels. Check the infoboards and Toledo for more information!

    Cafeteria at the campus

    on campus Sint-Lukas Brussel:

    • Paleizenstraat 70 - 1030 Schaarbeek
    • Cafeteria: open every weekday from 11 am until 4 pm
    • Coffee Bar: open every weekday from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm
    • Social restaurant nearby: Cannelle

    on campus Sint-Lucas Brussel:

    • Paleizenstraat 65 - 1030 Schaarbeek
    • Cafeteria: open every weekday from 10.30 am until 2.30 pm

    on campus Narafi Brussel:

    • Victor Rousseaulaan 75 - 1190 Vorst
    • Vending machine with fresh food: sandwiches, wraps, juices, ...

    on campus Sint-Lucas Gent:

    on campus Lemmens Leuven:

    on campus C-Mine Genk:

    • C-Mine 5, 3600 Genk
    • Cafeteria open every weekday

    Contact your Student Support Services (Stuvo) at your campus 

    in Brussel for students of LUCA & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture:

    in Gent for students of LUCA & KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture:

    in Leuven:

    in Genk: