Living in Brussels – Practical Information

If you plan on living in Brussels, there are many opportunities to rent studios or small apartments in the area of CAD; please refer to the following websites:

Living in Brussels, a city where life is good for students…

1h20 from Paris, 2h from London, 1h50 from Amsterdam and Cologne, 30 minutes from Lille: Brussels is at the center of Europe. As the heart of the European Union, Brussels has gradually become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, while having none of the disadvantages of a megapolis. It is a welcoming melting pot where the young and old alike come to live, socialise, work and study; the approximate 1,100,000 residents represent multiple nationalities and cultures.

Brussels is a very dynamic city but retains a quality of life uncommon for a large capital. The large mixing of European and other cultures brings great wealth to this city, which is known for being a hub for developing highly valued, creative students and renowned, professional creators. Big names in design (many of whom are professors at CAD), advertisement (Belgium is always well positioned during the Golden Lions at Cannes), styling, film, comics, fashion, music, theater, dance, etc. exhibit their creations in Brussels but also elsewhere throughout the world. 

Brussels is a great “small” city with many colleges and schools; students adapt and live here well because they are appreciated and welcomed with open arms. Students can find many shops and restaurants around the various colleges. Going out and having fun, while feeling safe, is one of the big advantages of this city.

Additionally, it is very easy to find housing for students in Brussels and at particularly affordable prices, which is very rare in the major capitals. The CAD is nestled in lush greenery in Uccle, a beautiful residential area south of Brussels. It is well-serviced by public transportation, and it is, among other things, only a 9-minute tram ride from the South Station where one can take the TGV, Thalys and Eurostar. The French influence was, by far, one of the first among the adoption of Brussels, and students and professionals have found a welcoming and sweet place to live, quite literally at the gates of Paris.

Interestingly, 50% of students at the CAD come from the four corners of Europe. They ultimately feel very comfortable and, thus, quickly and easily integrate not only into their new college, but also into the city.

Welcome to all of you!