Living in Belgium

Welcome in Belgium

Flanders is a little pocket of easy-to-reach towns and cities, teeming with history and atmosphere. Wherever you wander you will find café terraces (serving the world’s strongest beers), lively markets, gastronomic restaurants and great shopping. In the capital, Brussels, you will discover a large amount of contrasts. Brussels is a place rich in art and architecture, treating you to its local specialties and its friendly atmosphere!

European cities nearby

As public transport in Flanders makes moving around quick, safe and easy, it gives you the freedom to visit and experience student life in Belgium to the fullest. And if you would like to explore the rest of Europe during your stay, you will be delighted to find cities like London, Paris, Cologne or Amsterdam all within a radius of 300 km. These cities are easily accessible by high- speed trains and cheap plane tickets.

Hungry! Thirsty!

When you study, you become hungry. And especially thirsty! Living in Flanders isn’t always cheap but we’ve come up with a solution: each campus has it’s very own student restaurant where you can buy a warm lunch, snacks, salads, soup, sandwiches etc. at reasonable prices.


Feel like exercising?! STUVO+ likes to point you in the right direction: sport clubs that offer discounts with the student sports card or vouchers, sport activities, dates of the competitions, etc. Each semester STUVO+ organises a number of sports activities such as boxing, skiing, spinning and table tennis for free or at an reasonable rate. Students can register with the sport coordinator of STUVO+.


Student rooms on our campuses: Our housing departments (STUVO+) on the different campuses will offer you help in finding the right housing solution for you. You can rent a student room through our student services on our campuses in Aalst, Ghent and Sint-Niklaas. In Brussel we don’t have student rooms on our campus, see student rooms on the private market. The price for a student room on our campuses in Aalst, Ghent and Sint-Niklaas will be between € 300 & € 500 per month. 

Student rooms on the private market: The number of student rooms for a short term stay on the private market in Ghent and Brussels are very limited. It is important to start your search in time. Below you’ll find some links that can help you find a good student room.

Brussels: Brik / Brukot

Ghent: Alle koten / I Kot / Kot.Gent


STUVO+ and Odisee organise several cultural events during the semester. Stay up to date by visting (select your campus).

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Preparatory Dutch course

We offer a Dutch course for Erasmus students enrolled at the campus in Ghent, through an affiliated language center in Ghent. This is an intensive starter’s course of 60 hours, taught over 10 weeks (6 hours per week) in the evening.

The number of ECTS credits for the course is 3, provided the student has been present for at least 80% of the time and passes the test at the end of the course.

The tuition fee of € 48 will be paid by the International Relations Office of Odisee. You only have to pay +/- € 20 for the syllabus and copies.

If you would like to register for the Dutch course, please inform our international relations office via when submitting your application documents.