Living, studying and working in Leuven
The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods.
The Housing Service assists international students in finding suitable housing
Health care & health-insurance policy
All international visitors must have a health-insurance policy
KU Leuven digital
- Computer, Internet and e-mail facilities
ICT facilities at the university.
The university's online learning platform
Read your KU Leuven email.
- Code of Conduct ICT resources for students
Living in Leuven
Leuven is situated at the very heart of Europe, only 20 minutes from Brussels.
Rent a bicycle.
- Dining in Leuven
The university restaurants ALMA provide a wide variety of meals and a place where you can meet with friends.
The KU Leuven Cultural Activities Office offers free cultural events as well as opportunities to get involved in cultural activities.
- Recreation & sports
The University Sports Centre provides a wide range of sports facilities at all levels.
- Student organizations
LOKO is the Student Body Council of KU Leuven.
- Language schools
Learn languages in Leuven.
- KU Leuven shop
Buy a souvenir from the university.
Leuven, Province, Flanders, Belgium
Welcome and integration
- Orientation days
- Buddy Programme
- Intercultural University Topics and training programmes
- International Meeting Centre Pangaea
Meet other international students at Pangaea.
- International Contact Club
Visiting professors, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers from abroad can meet Belgian people.
Student services includes a number of different counselling services whose objective is to promote the social, physical, mental and financial well-being of all students.
- Student employment
Information about jobs, taxes and salaries for students.
- Social services
To promote the integration of all international students.
- Study Advice Service
Advice and support on study-related matters.
- Service for Students with Disabilities
- General practitioners
You can consult a gp with extensive experience in student-related health issues.
- Psychologists and Psychiatrists
For students dealing with personal or psychological problems.
To deal with certain kinds of unacceptable behaviour.
- Residential culture, mobility and environment advisors
The residential culture, mobility and environment advisors strive to develop more durable student life.
- Career Guidance KU Leuven
Study Advice Service organises several activities which prepares last year students of KU Leuven for their future career.