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:
If you're panicking about your accommodation
If you haven't found an accommodation yet, please don't panic. Here are some tips to help you.
The easiest way to find a one semester contract is living in an UCL accommodation. However, you might not have been able to book one. This is because a limited fraction only of the UCL kots are exclusively available for exchange students (the ones you can book). For the others, Belgian students have the priority. Nonetheless, a significant number of these kots will become available at the beginning of September as Belgian students cancel their reservations. To get access to these kots, you must thus go in person to the housing service building (Rue de la Gare, 6). However, make sure to get there at the opening of the service (first arrived, first served). Therefore, if you've booked a bed in our dorms, you have good chances to find a UCL accommodation by going to the housing service offices super early in the morning.
Most of private owners, on the other hand, are looking for 10 months or 12 months contracts. If you're going to spend 2 semesters at the UCL, this might not be a problem for you. If not, you might have to sublet your room during the second semester to another exchange student or to a Belgian student coming back from Erasmus. Some of the websites/Facebook groups listed below as well as kot Erasmus' Facebook group will be useful to achieve this.
Most importantly and, once again, please don't panic. Every exchange students in Louvain-la-Neuve have always managed to find an accommodation. Besides, we're here to help you. If you don't know where to go, do not hesitate to come to kot Erasmus and we will try to answer your questions and welcome you for a few nights if possible.
We hope this will help you in your housing research.
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.
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.
The procedure is different if you want to live at the Kot Erasmus or another Kot-a-projet.
Kot ErasmusSee section About the kot
Other kapTo 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. 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 2018/2019 academic year :
|Kap||When||Description of the project||Remark|
|Latino Amerikap||2nd semester||Promotion of Latin America languages and culture|
It is also possible to find a kot from a private agency. Here are some of those agencies:
Finally, the following websites and Facebook groups can also help you find a kot:
- The housing search engine HousingAnywhere
- Recherche kot/appartement/colocation à Louvain-la-Neuve
- Louvain-la-Neuve à louer - Bouche à oreille
- chambre, kot à louer, LLN - Louvain-La-Neuve et divers
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:
- UCL website: https://uclouvain.be/en/study/accomodation/exchange-student.html
- Document (in French) written by the Syndicate of the Student Tenants of Louvain-la-Neuve: Guide du Kotard