ISA housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Belgian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Belgium. All housing is conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Travel times to the university vary but generally range between 15 and 45 minutes. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Belgium and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Belgian! Please Note: Homestays in Brussels are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.
Apartment rent is included in the program price. Students are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. Bedrooms are typically double occupancy and apartments have 1-2 bedrooms, a lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed (per student), a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Bed linens and towels are not provided. Each student is expected to provide his/her own paper and cleaning products as well as replacing light bulbs. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university.
All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments. Meals and laundry service are not included.
A $750 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Homestays are available in Brussels on a first come, first served basis. Each homestay has been carefully selected by our on-site staff in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Living in a homestay, you are provided with breakfast seven days a week and dinner five days a week for the official duration of the program. You will have access to laundry facilities.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.