Accommodation for exchange students

The housing market in Ghent is challenging and the available rooms at Ghent University Halls of Residence are unfortunately limited. There are no more vacancies for the first term. In the second term there is still a big offer of vacant rooms. We recommend to look for accommodation on the private rented market or organize your exchange in the second term.
Please be aware that finding housing on the private rented market is strenuous. Make sure to secure accommodation before your arrival. Need some help? Visit this webpage. We also offer webinars on how to find accommodation!

Application criteria

In order to apply for housing, you have to initialize the application exchange procedure. 

Only students with a letter of invitation for one semester can apply for accommodation.

The Housing Office will be able to process your housing application as soon as you have been accepted as an exchange student at Ghent University.

  • If you are not eligible to stay in the University Halls of Residence, or if the Halls are not your ‘cup of tea’ or if they are fully booked, you can look for a suitable living unit on the private rented market.
    Please check our webpage for more information on private housing.

Location and rental fee of the living units

Check out the location of the major campuses of Ghent University on this map of Ghent.

These buildings are mainly occupied by international students.

Please note there are no differences between these units or buildings: they are all part of one complex and connected to each other with a walking bridge on the first floor. 

Academic year 2022-2023

481 EUR/month 

These buildings are mainly occupied by Belgian students

Academic year 2022-2023

375 EUR/month 

Terms and conditions

When you apply for a living unit in the University Halls of Residence, you agree to these terms:

Rental payment

    • The rent is due from the start of the reserved period. The tenant is obliged to keep the living unit that was allocated for the duration of the tenancy agreement.
    • The costs for the consumption of water, electricity and heating, provision of bed linen, cleaning of the common areas, repair services and use of the internet are included in the monthly rent. The use of cookware such as pots and pans, and cutlery/crockery (only available in studios) is also included.
    • A monthly invoice will be sent to you by email, the deposit will be charged on your first invoice.
      Please note that there is no need to pay anything pre-arrival nor upon your arrival.

    Rental period

    • Only students with a letter of invitation for one semester can apply for accommodation.
    • Check-in is not possible during weekends, except for weekends in February and September.

      Modifications and cancellations

      • All modifications and cancellations must be done in writing, stating the reason and including the necessary supporting documents.
      • If you cancel your application after a living unit has been assigned to you by the Housing Office (upon which you receive a confirmation email), an administrative fee of € 75.00 will be charged. 
        An exemption is granted to applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements to be able to rent a living unit in the academic year for which they have submitted an application and inform the Housing Office of this situation in due time.

      • A ‘no-show’ equals a cancellation for which an administrative fee will be charged. In this case, no exemptions are possible.

      • From the start date of the tenancy agreement, the tenant may terminate the lease only if you terminate your studies or registration at Ghent University. The notice period consists of 1 month. The notice period of 1 month starts on the first day of the month following receipt of the email or letter.

      Apply for a living unit

      • Academic year 2022-2023
      Only students with a letter of invitation for one semester will be considered for accommodation in the Halls of Residence.

        initialize your exchange application procedure

        after which you will be able to apply for housing.

        • Do not forget to read the Terms and conditions mentioned above before you apply for housing.
        • If you are not eligible to stay in the University Halls of Residence, or if the Halls are not your ‘cup of tea’ or if they are fully booked, you can look for a suitable living unit on the private rented market. Please check our website for more information on private housing

        More information?

        For more information about the university please contact , tel. +32 (9) 264 71 12