Have a look at the best websites to find the perfect accomodation during your traineeship

The STC only suggests these companies, since they offer some good filters for research. STC doesn't receive any money from these companies and in every case, STC can't be considered accountable for any kind of problem interns might occur using these platforms.

This website was selected since it has some really good filters for accomodation research: budget limit, numbers of tenants, house type and neighbourhood are only some of them. Moreover, it provides an accurate guide that gives an overview of Brussels’ accomodation types and other general information.

Spot a Home

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This platform is really helpful if you want to search something properly from distance. Infact, all the accomodations are checked and reviewed properly by its team of “Homecheckers”: 360° pictures, videos and lots of accurate information make Spotahome a great tool. The only minus: there’s a booking fee. 

Nestpick

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Nestpick lets you look for rooms online that are placed on the website by verified landlords. If you find one you like, you pay a deposit on the room and the landlord has 48 hours to make an approval. For those people moving to a new city or country, this concept can be a lifesaver when looking for accommodations without stress since you’re in a different country or paying heavy real estate fees.

The STC only suggests these companies, since they offer some good filters for research. STC doesn't receive any money from these companies and in every case, STC can't be considered accountable for any kind of problem interns might occur using these platforms.

Which areas are the best?

Etterbeek

Best known for the area at the top end of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, Etterbeek is filled with attractive streets and has plenty of green spaces, including Jean-Félix Hap Park and the Fontenay-sous-Bois gardens. Home to many European institutions, it has fantastic public transport facilities. The relatively cheap housing prices and good availability of apartments make Etterbeek particularly attractive, alongside its growing international community.

Pros

- Nice area
- Close to institutions

Cons

- Expensive supermarkets

Ixelles

Ixelles is a massive commune with character and style, wildly popular with the expatriate community. This Brussels neighbourhood falls into distinct areas: trendy Châtelain with its café culture, the leafy ponds and abbey area leading down to the Bois de la Cambre; and buzzy Chaussée d’Ixelles, which takes in the Matongé, the African quarter and the cemetery with its late-night bars and student population.

Pros

- Erasmus nightlife
- Green areas and parks
- Nice pubs and venues
- Cheap

Cons

- Out of the way
- Mediocre connections

Bruxelles
(city center)

If being in the thick of it all is irresistible then Brussels’ centre neighbourhood is the place for you. In recent years, previously run-down parts of the centre have become a magnet for young professionals. Most expats working or studying in the capital choose to rent an apartment here, not only because they can walk to work, but also because of its fun nightlife.

Pros

- Shopping centers
- Cultural heart

Cons

- Expensive
- Lots of tourists

Saint-Gilles

St Gilles is a favourite Brussels neighbourhood among expats who like to live like locals. From the top end, with its grand Art Nouveau houses, down to the earthy Gare du Midi, St Gilles is packed with quirky restaurants, shops and a buzzing nightlife. There is a wide number of theatres, cinemas and galleries to explore that make the atmosphere vibrant, dynamic and attractive.

Pros

- Nice pubs and venues
- Artistic area

Cons

- Expensive
- Out of the way

Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Known as the ‘commune with many faces’, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode is the smallest of Brussels’ communes but the most densely populated. Not only culturally diverse, it is also a neighbourhood of contrasts, with five-star hotels on Place Rogier and the stylish Nouveau Quartier Nord, next to residential neighbourhoods housing expats from all over the world.

Pros

- Close to institutions
- Multicultural
- Cheap

Cons

- Not super nice area

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How to avoid bad situations

Don't send money

It's always advisable visiting the apartment first and never send money without having seen the flat, to reduce online rental scams.

Don't rush signing

Don't rush to sign your lease but ask the Expat Welcome Desk to check it first. That will ensure that you avoid some classic mistakes.

Check contract

Different rules apply depending on the lease type: long term (9 years), short term (6 months to 3 years), very short term (< 6 months).

Avoid suspicious landlords

Avoid signing a contract or giving a deposit to a landlord that doesn't make you feel safe and secure. Report immediately any abuse or injustice.

Meet the other flatmates

Meeting the other flatmates, if possible, can be good to understand the vibe of the house. Agreeing on some general rules can be a good starting point.

Have a look to the furniture

In order to avoid conflicts with your landlord at the end of your stay, always prefer to check the furniture at your arrival and report broken one ASAP.

Join our accomodation private group on Facebook

Tips, roommates and available rooms

Whether you are looking for a room, searching for a flatmate or putting an announcement for the house you are going to leave, we set up a private facebook group where you can easily organize all this burocracy. 

In order to join and avoid spam, you will be asked to send a message to STC's Facebook profile with attached a screenshot of your traineeship's confirmation letter.

In order to join and avoid spam, you will be asked to send a message to STC's Facebook profile with attached a screenshot of your traineeship's confirmation letter.