Before you embark on your new adventure, one of your priorities will undoubtedly be to find a nice place to stay in your new host country. If you prefer to have everything set up once you arrive, you might consider renting a place before your arrival, so everything is ready once you get there. Or perhaps you want to find a temporary housing solution before settling somewhere more permanently. In any case, we thought you might like to have some recommendations. Here is a list of various temporary housing solutions in Belgium, followed by some tips for future tenants.

Temporary accommodation in Belgium

Hotels:

Belgium certainly does not lack hotels! From budget to romantic, luxury or design hotels, there is something for everyone! Find the right one for you at hotels.be, where you can  search by province and theme.

B & B (Bed & Breakfast):

Does the idea of a homestay seem charming to you? No worries, Belgium is full of small and friendly places. Take a look at guest rooms at chambres-dhote.be.

Hostels:

If you are looking for more affordable housing, opt for a hostel. Single rooms or beds in a shared room: there is a solution for any budget! The official website of hostels in Belgium has the best list.

Airbnb:

This community platform allows individuals to offer their homes, in whole or in part, as temporary housing. Simple, economical, and practical, with furnished options that will make you feel at home in an instant!

Serviced apartments:

A mix of apartment and hotel, serviced apartments offer you all the comforts of a hotel with options for longer term stays: you arrive and you leave whenever you want! For tips, follow these links:

  • hotels.be: serviced apartments of all kinds, throughout Belgium.
  • homeinbrussels.be: Looking for accommodation in Brussels? This website features flexible options for short and long-term stays, with or without additional services.
  • b-aparthotels.com: five luxurious serviced apartments in Brussels.
  • sweetin: a list of splendid properties with à la carte services.

Renting

Maybe you prefer to rent an apartment or a house in Belgium? Then check out this glossary to familiarise yourself with the terms of a rental contract.

Quick and easy tenant glossary

  • The lease: this is a written contract between a lessor (usually the owner) and one (of the) tenant(s) on the lending out of property in return for rent. Generally, there is the possibility for a short-term lease (less than or equal to 3 years), long-term lease (over 9 years) and a lifetime lease.
  • The inventory: this is a document which details the state of the housing at the beginning and end of the tenant’s stay. To be legal, it must be  a detailed report written in the presence of both parties, as well as dated and signed by them.
  • The rental guarantee: this is a blocked amount of money on a bank account in the name of the tenant, which cannot be released without the agreement of the lessor and lessee. The value cannot exceed two months' rent and is intended to cover any damage caused by the tenant or the unlawful termination of the lease. The deposit will be refunded to the tenant after the inventory is finalised.

Who pays what?

The tenant

  • the consumption of water, gas, electricity, etc. (in short: all charges);
  • maintenance of common space (lift, facade windows, stairs, etc.);
  • insurance (fire, theft, etc.);
  • maintenance of gutters, pipes, boilers, sidewalk;
  • cleaning of common areas, repairing of mailboxes, doorbells and intercoms.

The landlord

  • bank charges and property tax;
  • the renewal of common interior paint after normal wear and tear;
  • renewal of wall coverings after normal wear and tear;
  • the maintenance of the facade, gas pipes and electrical installations;
  • the purchase of common equipment (mower, floor polisher, etc.), repairs to the roof and sanitation renewals.

How much is rent?

Real estate prices in Belgium are not regulated. Rent is set freely by the owner and prices vary according to regions, cities, as well as between different parts of a city. However, some websites provide a real estate barometer based on their own database. Click here for an example of a real estate barometer.

Where to look?

On the street: properties for rent are sometimes only marked with a sign on the facade. Sometimes you can find real bargains simply by strolling through the neighbourhoods that interest you. Just open your eyes!

On the internet: there are many rental sites online. The list below is not complete, but includes the most well-known. Also take a look at social networks. Some feature specialised groups where individuals can place their ads directly.

From real estate agencies: Some agencies, specialising in specific types of housing, don’t have their own website. However, you can find all listed agencies by the municipalities at logic-immo.

Before you go, you might want to check out this website, dedicated to housing. You’ll find plenty of information, testimonials and tricks!

If you feel at home in Belgium and have decided to buy your own house or apartment, you should read our article!