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Accomodation/flat/house in Leuven

by MiraV.

Hi dudes, I'm thinking of doing part of my degree in Leuven. Is there any chance to rent a bigger flat or house with other students? I live in the UK and I am used to living in rather bigger 'social' houses. Any ideas or tips where would I find details on how to find such places to rent in Leuven? Cheers for any replies;) Mira

Re: Accomodation/flat/house in Leuven

by qaminari

Students in Belgium, if not living at home, generally live in "kots" which are studio flats/bedsits, often with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, and which generally rent from September for the academic year. If you can find one, this would effectively give you a room of your own in a shared house. Try through your university (see
There are homeshare ads - although almost always for Brussels - on under the classifieds or you could try on Housesharing is not all that common here because tenancy agreements are not flexible and it is not usually possible to sublet, which means all tenants must sign the lease. Also if you are looking for a short lease, these are expensive (and don't be tempted to sign a longer one on the assumption that you can just break it, there are heavy penalties for doing so!).

Re: Accomodation/flat/house in Leuven

by MiraV.

Thanks for that. I just went to Leuven and loved it so much I started wow...I could spend some time there;) I knew about the option of small studios but to be frank with you I would really prefer something more hip and social;) I've got already offered a room in a lovely house by the locals that invited me for a dinner when I was there;) If nothing else comes up I can go for that;) Cheers for help anyways. Are you from Leuven yourself? Mira

Travel Tips for Leuven

Catholic University city from 1425

by Norali

University of Louvain can claim the title of the "first University in the Netherlands", being founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V. It is the oldest Catholic university in the world still in existence.

Jan, our guide at University Library, talked about some 28.000 students, in many disciplines. Since its debut, it has attracted top-level researchers. They contributed a lot into anatomy, chemsitry, all kinds of study.

Louvain theologists had some influence on the then Catholic world. The Popes used to seek for advice here to know about works to be accepted and printed. Yet, controversial Cornelius Jansenius (1585-1638) is a Louvain Theology University product and Ypers archbishop.

What was he wrote already? A whole thesis on Grace and free will: posthumously published "Augustinus" (1640). Jansen believed in absolute predestination: humans are, for him, "incapable of doing good without God's unsollicited grace and only a chosen few are believed to receive Salvation". Smells like Calvinism. Still, Jansen, when attacked by Jesuits and popes, claimed to be tied to Rome.

Jansenism was the most divisive issue within the Roman Catholic church between the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution (from a French point of view). It was "raised" in France quite after the release of the treatise (Jansen couldn't see the evolvement of Jansenism).

At that time (18 century), it was a Church scandal. It didn't raise unnoticed by Royal French government either. Jansen, and his "followers", had the backing of Catholic philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal, an ante-Jesuit hardliner. After some longlasting success (till the persecution of French jesuits), the current declined end 18 century.

Jansen was not the only character from this University. I knew about the "Jansen- gate", from an interesting French lesson in my secondary school :) I just discovered that Jansen was based here. That made me wrote it. The tips sometimes leave room for reflection, so do travelling. By the way, the University was founded as University of Louvain. Yet, when it was fashionable to categorize insitutions (19 century), it was an obvious choice that the University was a Catholic one.

More about the university history, check

Writing this tip, I just realized that I've been always into Catholic educational system. First, in a French-Swiss nuns' school (primary) then within a Canadian fr?res' school (secondary). Well, those schools are all Malagasy but run by/ under influence of those foreign religious categories.

Then in Belgium, I started with a Jesuit school in Brussels to study Maths for a year, then switched to International trade in a Catholic influenced school, then a Facult?s Universitaires Catholiques de Mons (for my B. Sc.) and finally Universit? Catholique de Louvain (for some specialized studies that I left, after some months, for lacking interest in the stuff. Ooh! I found a nice job too so the choice was clear).

Yeah! all of them were catholic.. Quite strange for a rouhgly Anglican-raised-girl who turns out to be a Calvinism-influenced-adult (by conviction). I am surprised realizing this Catholic connection. Oh well! It was not that bad :)) I learnt about tolerance, for having been, for years, the one (or one of the two) Anglican student in my class.

Het Tafelrond

by a005116

Between the Saint Peter's Church and the town hall a medieval-looking building can be spotted. It's the 'Tafelrond'. This neogothic replica of a 15th century guild hall is now used as the Leuven branch of the Belgian National Bank. It was built in 1927 after the original one had been destroyed during the First World War.

Summer in Leuven

by a005116

When the spring arrives in Leuven, the chairs are moved outside and the whole town turns into one big terrace. Thanks to the micro-tropic-climate even palmtrees arise like you see on this picture. If you have no classes, or even when you have, or you just want to enjoy a cool beer move down to the terrases.

Some tips maybe, if you want to go to the most known bar/pub place in town, you have to search for the "oude markt", old market, where there is just nothing more than tens of pubs and ok one drugstore (see picture). If you like more a quite green place in the middle of town, you can visit the "hogeschoolplein". Also the square in front of the station is a nice place to be. A bit out of the center you can find some nice places in front of the "Arenberg castle".


by Christophe_Ons

Well you have them everywhere of course, but during weekends and when the weather permits, you'll see plenty of buskers throughout the city center. Some of these guys (and gals) are actually very, very good and I often enjoy sitting on a bench watching and hearing them play. So if you like what they're doing, throw 'em a few coins you can spare.

recreation area.

by marc56

Outside Leuven, 5 km from the center, in Kessel-Lo, there is a recreation area.
You can do there a lot of sports.
It's a area in the nature.
The sports you can do: tennis, minigolf, soccer, basketball, petanque, walking and jogging, rowing on a pond.
For the kids, there are many gametoys, a pond with electric boats and a wsimming pool.
This all in open air.
To get there, you take bus number 2, direction Holsbeek and get off on "Het provinciaal domein Kessel-Lo.
There are also two bars where you can have a meal and a drink.


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