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Welcome to Leuven!

We like to offer the best possible start for your stay with us. Our Welcome Days are tailored to the needs of (international) students who are not familiar with Belgium, Leuven or our university college. We provide lots of useful information.  It is even possible to request a buddy (buddy application is being updated)  ! This buddy can help you with getting settled in our city and at our university college.

Leuven is a small yet bustling student town in the heart of Belgium and all yours to discover. To kick off the semester we organise Welcome Days in September 2019 (9-15 September) and in February 2020 (3-9 February)  before the start of the Autumn and Spring semester.  All exchange students are invited to attend our welcome sessions.  The programme and activities of our Welcome Days for the Fall Semester are now available.   Please check back on a regular basis for the most recent updates. 

If you want to learn more about living in Leuven as a student, please visit the Residence, mobility, environment web pages where you will find information about student responsibility, waste disposal, bike, bus and train travel, and so much more.


Welcome days

If you need accommodation during the Welcome Days, please book a room at the Youth Hostel  ahead of time.  On the first day of the Welcome Days, we set up a UCLL Leuven Welcome Desk  at this youth hostel.

 To participate in the Welcome Days we charge a  55 euro fee.  This fee includes  activities and several meals during the Welcome Days. Please pay this fee into the account of UCLL Leuven as soon as your application has been accepted:

UC Leuven, Geldenaaksebaan 335, B-3001 Heverlee
Belfius Bank, Pachecolaan 44, B-1000 Brussels
IBAN code: BE33 7865 4858 0046 BIC code: GKCCBEBB
with reference “Welcome Days Autumn 2019" or "Welcome Days Spring 2020",  “name of the student” and of  “home institution”.
Registration for the programme is not complete until full payment has been made.


preparing your stay in leuven

You may start preparing your stay in Leuven by reading our city guide for students. A lot of answers regarding accommodation, student services, cost of living,... in Leuven can be found in the latest edition of the "Living in Leuven"  brochure on the Student Life webpage.

Also "Getting Started as an Exchange Student at UCLL Leuven" provides useful information in a nutshell.

health insurance

Please remember to arrange for health insurance during your stay in Belgium before arrival.  If you do not have health insurance, please consult the "Living in Leuven" brochure  ( Student Life webpage ) for specific information.


During our Welcome Days you can continue or start searching for a student room for the duration of your stay. 
 Please note that we cannot process any individual requests for student housing in Leuven university residences before the Welcome Days.  If you want to rent a student room on the private market, check out our housing in Leuven page.