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 10-30 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:Students can request their prefered housing type, however housing assignments are based on availability and no requests can be guaranteed.
ISA apartments are centrally located, typically either within walking distance or a short ride away from Vesalius College and the ISA Office. Bedrooms are typically double occupancy and apartments host 2-4 students of the same gender. Aapartments consist of 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.
For Fall 2014 programs, a $750 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. For 2015 programs, a $500 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 centrally located typically either within walking distance or a short ride away from Vesalius College and the ISA Office. 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. Homestays typically host between 1-3 ISA students of the same gender, and in most cases students will share a bedroom with their roommates. Brussels is a very international city, so while some host families are Belgian there may be others who are originally from other parts of Europe. All host families speak either French or Dutch and many speak English or another language as well. Laundry service is not included.
The ISA Brussels site offers one residencia option, which is a combination of the apartment and homestay choices. In the residencia, a family will live on the first floor to allow students to have the cultural and language immersion and support from the family when desired, however, students will reside on the top two floors of the house, separate from the family. Students will each have a private bedroom and will share a kitchen, bathroom, and living room, which are all separate from the family below. Students can prepare their own meals in the kitchen if desired, as meals are not included.
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.