To study in Belgium, you'll need a house (or as we call it in Belgium, a "kot"). There are many different options in Louvain-La-Neuve. You can either rent a kot from the university or rent one from a private agency. There are two different kinds of kots among those affiliated with the university: you have the choice between a classic kot or a kot with a project (known as "kot à projet", like the Kot Erasmus for example) where you share a project (cultural, environmental, sports-related, etc.) with your roommates. Here are more details on the different choices available:

Kot UCL

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Classic kot

A UCL kot is usually cheaper than a kot from a private agency. The most common kots are those which are apartments with 3 to 10 rooms, a shared kitchen, and shared bathrooms. Each room is equipped with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe, and sink.

To apply for a UCL kot, you have to complete a form on the UCL website. Don't worry if you don't get any room before your arrival in Louvain-la-Neuve: new rooms get available everyday in the beginning of September due to cancellations. If you go to the UCL housing (Service des Logements) in person a few days before university starts, you will most likely be able to obtain a room in a kot.

See Temporary Accommodations to find out where you can live until you find your kot.

Pros Cons
  • Usually chosen by Erasmus students because of the lower price (between 250-350€)
  • If you go to the UCL housing service soon enough, you are almost certain to find a room.
  • Young roommates (between 18-20 years old) because Belgian students cannot live in a classic UCL kot for more than 2 years.
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Kot a projet (kap)

Kots à projets are similar to classic kots. The difference is that you’re able to better know your roommates (generally 20 years old and above) and share your daily life with them because you work together on a shared project (here is a list of all different projects). Living in a kap means taking part in the activities set by your kot to promote their project all semester/year long.

Pros Cons
  • Same low price as a classic kot
  • Part of the student life of Louvain-La-Neuve
  • Less calm (activities, parties, ...)
  • Few spots available

The procedure is different if you want to live at the Kot Erasmus or another Kot-a-projet.

Kot Erasmus

See section About the kot

Other kap

To apply for a different kap than the Kot Erasmus, you just have to send them an e-mail at the address given on this site or in this document. However, some kaps prefer being only with other Belgian students in their team.

To help you, here is a list of the kaps we know are looking for Erasmus roommates for 2017/2018 academic year :

Kap When? Project Remark
Kapharnaüm Whole year Discovery and dialog between religions and spiritualities
Orchestrakot Whole year Promotion and discovery of "classical" instruments Looking for a musician
Kot-é-Chine Whole year Promotion of Chinese culture Looking for a Chinese student
Kot Manga Whole year Promotion of Japanese culture Looking for a Japanese student
Granzenfants 2nd semester Raising awareness of mental disability
Auberge des bruyères 2nd semester Project based on Taizé community Looking for a French speaking male student

Private kot

It is also possible to find a kot from a private agency. Here are some of those agencies:

Pro Cons
  • Ability to live with fewer people in the same house, or even to live alone
  • Generally more expensive
  • Very difficult to find a contract for only 6 months

Some Belgian students who leave Belgian for an exchange sublet their kot during the year:

Finally, the following websites and Facebook groups can also help you find a kot:

WARNING: Be careful while looking for an accommodation on Facebook groups. We've been told about some fraud attempts. Do not hesitate to check kot pictures on Google images to see where they come from.

For more informations: