Coming to Leuven Tips
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Coming to Leuven - Preparation Tip 8:
How’s the weather like in Belgium? I need to know which clothes to take. Some say that you can find 4 seasons in one day in Belgium. During winter it can be freezing and snowing. Though we usually have this type of weather for just a couple of weeks. It rains a lot, so an umbrella, rain clothes and boots are advisable to have when living in Belgium. During spring and summer you can have sunny days. It’s rare to have days that are hotter than 25 degrees but they do occur.In short, be prepared for any type of weather, it's unpredictableWe hope this helps you while packing.
Coming to Leuven – Preparation Tip 7:
How to get from the Airport to Leuven? How to get from the train station to the housing service? And terrible with maps? KU Leuven made podcasts
to find your way your first days in Belgium and Leuven.
The cheapest way to get from the airport to Leuven is by train. Check www.belgianrail.be
for your connection. Landing in Charleroi?: Search for Charleroi South Airport. Landing in Brussels?: Search for Brussels Airport. Get off in Leuven, there is only one train station. When you buy a gopass, you get to travel cheap: 50 euros for 10 trips to anywhere. We are pretty sure you will use it often.
Coming to Leuven - Preparation Tip 6:
How much money would I need for my time in Leuven? Well, KU Leuven’s Admissions and Mobility Unit has made an estimation for you, find it here
Coming to Leuven – Preparation Tip 5:
What’s the best accommodation to stay at when I come to search for housing?
There is guesthousing from KU Leuven, you should book this on time.
There are also a few hostels in Leuven. We
recommend De Blauwput, but others might be just as good for your stay.
Another way of ‘guesthousing’ can be found on couchsurfing. There are a lot of
enthusiastic hosts in Leuven and you will meet a local from the start.
to Leuven - Preparation Tip 4:
Empower yourself against rental deposit problems
from the start.
More info through this link.
P.S.: Also students who are experiencing
problems now or who will end their contract soon, can be helped by the info on
Coming to Leuven -
Preparation Tip 3:Do you feel like you don't understand KU Leuven
and Leuven? Do you need a hand from a student who already knows everything? Or
do you just want to become a friend with someone in Leuven before you arrive?
Then you should ask for a buddy.
Coming to Leuven - preparation tip 2:Students of KU Leuven are from this academic
year not necessarily studying in Leuven.
International students at the other campusses
will have to prepare their stay through the Student Services of your own
You can find your Student Services information
Coming to Leuven - preparation tip 1:Looking for housing? Make use of the Housing
1) They will inform you about renting in Leuven,
give you some warnings beforehand
2) They have a database www.kotwijs.be. The landlords at this website are checked out by the
Housing Service. Students can come to complain about landlords here. If the
landlord doesn't fit the kotwijs standard anymore,
he'll be crossed of the database. This makes it the safest database in Leuven.
You can consider it to be a "white list".
3) At the Housing Service, you can make use of
telephones and computers. Free of charge. You will also get some advice and
assistance when you have questions about the offers on Kotwijs.
4) If you found a place, you should pass by the
Housing Service for a translation of your contract. It is the only way to know
you are not signing a bad contract.
(For legal reasons, contracts should be signed in
Dutch. Even if the landlord offers a translation, it is best to go to the
Housing Service for a checkup before you sign.)
More accommodation info.