Housing in Belgium
Moving to Belgium
Belgium, the capital of Europe, is the place of unparalleled cultural, economic, political and social life. Brussels, the heart of Europe, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is known as the home of the European Union offices, NATO and innumerable multinational and international companies. It offers all the advantages of a cosmopolitan city on a human scale to have a wonderful work/life balance.
There exists a relatively free and open housing market in most parts of Belgium. Besides Brussels where most expats live, there are several other cities that are attractive to work and/or live such as Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven and Ghent (in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium) or Liège, Namur and Mons (in the French speaking area).
Housing renting or buying
The most common question when talking about housing is whether it is more beneficial to rent a property or to buy it? Often is said that a stay of less than five years in Belgium should consider renting as the best option.
Other housing things expats to think about
Expats will need comfortable, well-priced, secured and easy options available for renting and buying properties in Belgium. Obtaining the correct visa or work permit and other formalities will probably be the first step to make your expat experience a reality, looking for a nice and secured property to live abroad will be the next step.
Accommodation for expats
Expats must consider these essential factors to find the right housing accommodation: the proximity to the work place, the proximity to good schools, the property prices, secure apartments, facilities available in the area, access to public transport, the possibilities for your social life,…
Comparing to other countries and cities, Belgian accommodation rules are very strict, complicated with a lot of administration procedures. For a hassle free process it is important to find a good accommodation provider that takes care of all this extra services, utilities, technical supply and emergency procedures 24h/24h for you.