A university accommodation is an accommodation managed by the University itself (in this particular place, the ULB). This type of accommodation is reserved to the students of the ULB, depending on several criteria: distance between the place of residence of the student and the university, social status, age, educational background, etc. Situated on or off campus, the price of these accommodations varies according to the level of equipment and comfort. For further information about university housing, please visit this page. FIY: In Bruxelles, accommodations especially designed for students are called “kots”.
A private accommodation is an accommodation belonging to a private owner. Unlike university residences, private residences are managed independently by their owners. They have their own rules, but they are naturally suitable for students’ expectations and needs. The ULB provides the students who were not accepted into a university accommodation a database centralizing many private partners accommodation offers.
Life in a student "kot"
All these accommodations options have their advantages and limitations. You will find below a brief overview of what awaits you, depending of what you choose.
Situated on one of our campus, these dorms allow you to stay in the heart of university activity and close to everything the ULB can offer. These are places designed for study and fulfillment. Another advantage is their democratic price and the services provided. The ULB dorms are intended primarily for students with specific needs, students of modest condition, 1rst year student, students living outside Bruxelles and neighboring municipalities, …
As a student, it can be difficult to find a place that is both economic and comfortable. That is what the university residences offer.
Apartment to rent
You might quickly have a crush on a apartment, but do not forget to be attentive to the location (extern noises, neighbors), the renting conditions (rent, guarantee, lease of 10 to 12 months), as well as the inventory (isolation, energy consumption, humidity,…).
The costs and charges are divided equally between the number of tenants, and the human experience is obviously really charming.
You need to make sure that all the tenants have the same involvement and responsibility level, that the costs are fairly shared and that the common and private spaces are well distributed and respected.
This is another alternative, but you are under the responsibility of the main tenant (the one who signed the lease contract). You need to agree on rules for the provision of place and cohabitation.
Depending on the space (private and commune), the sublease can be a bargain, and a harmonious divided accommodation corresponding to your needs and possibilities.
It is not really “your” place. .
A student leaving his rented accommodation prematurely and who offers you to take his place and finish the contract can be a nice formula... with the owner’s agreement.
Once you have moved in, you become a unique tenant with the rights and duties associated with it. In other words: you are « home » for the duration of the lease.
There can be a « defect » or « problem » forgotten by the previous tenant, and without prevention, you may be held fully responsible for any problem occurring during the rent.
First advantage: the space is small but you are at home, as in an apartment, with the same rights of privacy and respect.
The contact, often « like family » with the owner and other tenants. The price is often really approachable, and in case of problem, the solution is usually more direct and friendlier, as you are staying in the owner’s accommodation.
The location and/or accessibility (attic room) can be a problem and your living space could be small. Furthermore, the owner has the right to impose hourly rhythms.
You are back to a boarding school, enjoying the pleasure of conviviality, sharing and friendly atmosphere.
The democratic prices, the many services available, the organization that is centralized and equal for all students and leisure programs which take into account your activities as a student.
All disadvantages involved when you live in a group, and sometimes less comfort and equipment than in « autonomous » rooms, in residences.
Intergenerational housing is a social as well as sociable initiative. Living with seniors often happens to be a very rich experiment where each can share his experience and views on life, and bring his vision (past or present) of the world. It is a worthwhile choice and commitment.
There is often a mutual aid as well as an affectionate relationship between people from different generations, and this gives a lot of sense to the cohabitation.
The need to find an adequate organization between the different rhythms and availabilities of young and old people, as those differences can raise some problems of adaptation.