At this moment is not easy to find student housing in Leuven. Therefore we want to share tips & tricks with you, in order to help you finding a room that suits your needs and your wallet.
We strongly recommend to secure housing before you arrive in Leuven.
On 10 June 2022 we organised a live info chat with Housing Service. Missed it?
Kotwijs is a university-powered database of available student accommodation in Leuven. It will allow you to specify your:
- Price limit
- Rental period
- Comfort level (example: a separate bathroom)
The majority of student accommodation is privately owned. Only 20% of the total housing offer is available in university residence halls.
The majority of student rooms in Leuven are privately owned. (= 80% of the housing market)
Good to know: in Leuven, students usually reside in a room located in a privately owned student house, as there are few residences. Unlike in other countries, we have no on-campus accomodation and rooms are spread throughout the city. Luckily, Leuven is a very small city!
We highly recommend looking for housing via www.kotwijs.be, the online housing database.
Why look for housing through Kotwijs?
- We have a cooperation with the landlords in this database, so there is no risk of fraud.
- All accommodation in this database meets our minimum requirements regarding to housing quality, fire safety, student friendliness and housing contract.
- Kotwijs allows you to set criteria according to your personal preferences (comfort, rental price, rental period, etc).
A minority of the total housing offer in Leuven is available in residence halls. (=20% of the housing market)
There are 4 types of residence halls:
Applications are closed.
We advise you to contact the residence managers directly.
The available offer is published on the Kotwijs database . Use the filter to find the residences easily. Type = (KU Leuven) residences.
We advise you to contact the landlords directly by phone.
More information regarding the application procedure.
> heads-up: the residence offer is very limited, so we advise you to look for a room on the private market.
Rooms with a ‘Kotlabel’ quality label are approved by the City of Leuven as suitable student residences. In Spring 2018, the Leuven “Kotlabel” was introduced to identify student rooms that comply with required standards of fire safety, contract, quality of living and student friendliness . There are two types of labels.
Rooms with the blue label (all rooms in ‘Kotwijs’ have it):
- meet required standards of fire safety
- use a fair contract
- guarantee a good quality of living
- are student-friendly
Rooms with the green label have been approved by the university housing service AND the City of Leuven. Only a handful of rooms have been awarded this green label as most rooms have not been inspected by both yet.
Legally, every rental agreement:
- has to be written
- is only valid if both tenant and landlord sign it
- cannot be terminated before it expires when signed, except in three cases (prior to the entry into force, upon study deregistration, upon the death of the student's parents/guardian).
You can find more detailed legal information in the Flemish housing rental decree.
Beware of fraudulent advertisements if you search for housing via other websites or Facebook.
Have you got questions?
Last but not least, we advise you to keep the following things in mind:
- The contract that you will sign will most likely be in Dutch. As it is very important to understand it before you sign it, you can contact the KU Leuven Housing service for a translation or more information about your rental contract.
- Remember that Leuven is a very small city (2 km across) with easy access to public transport and the possibility of renting a bike or buying a cheap student bus pass. Therefore, do not dwell too much on finding a student room closest to your campus.
- The average rent for a single room is approximately € 390 per month, including utilities. The rent for a room with private facilities (a private bathroom OR private shower) is approximately € 550 per month. The average rent for a studio for one person is approximately € 590. More info on living cost in Belgium.
- At the moment it’s not easy to find student housing in Leuven. We strongly recommend to secure housing before you arrive in Leuven.