Finding accommodation

Unlike other European capital cities, Brussels has a plentiful supply of relatively inexpensive accommodation, making it fairly easy to find a place that suits your needs. Prices vary according to size and level of comfort, but location can also have a significant impact on price.

Each of the 19 municipalities that make up Brussels Region has its own character. The Brussels Region website offers a brief overview in English of each of the municipalities.

The following websites have a broad selection of properties to rent or buy: http://www.vlan.be/, http://www.immoweb.be, http://www.pap.be/, www.appartager.be and on facebook :  BXL A LOUER - bouche à oreilles. The free French-language weekly newspaper Vlan has an extensive listing of properties in Brussels. It is distributed throughout Brussels. An extended edition is sold in Brussels newsagents on Saturday.

You can request advice from an estate agent, who can help you in your quest for the ideal home, taking into account all your needs as well as your budget. A list with recognised estate agents can be found at www.biv.be, the website of the Professional Institute of Estate Agents.

Newcomers can also employ a relocation agent to help find housing and settle into Brussels. For contact details www.abra-relocation.com.

Staff of the European institutions can consult a housing forum on their Intranet.

EU trainees can find inexpensive short-term accommodation at www.brusselsdestination.be, www.hostelsinbrussels.be, http://www.xpats.com/ and www.etr-brussels.be