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Getting to know Ghent

So you've decided to move to Ghent and you're wondering what life will be like? Our list of 10 useful things to know about Ghent, Flanders and Belgium will help you fit in from day 1. 31

Restaurants to Impress

© Keizershof, Tom Verbruggen

We’ve all been there - friends and family are coming to visit (...again) and you need to find somewhere impressive (but traditional) to take them for dinner. Somewhere that will say all of this on a plate: I know how to avoid Ghent's tourist traps, I know what the most typical dishes

Employment basics

You got the job - congratulations! Now you’re being sent 20 pages of Dutch legalese and you just want to know how much you’ll be paid and when you can go on holiday. The Belgian employment system can be pretty complicated, and there are considerable differences compared to other EU

Registering as an employee (EU citizen)

The following information describes how to register to live in Ghent city centre if you will be an employee here. If you are living in a house/apartment with postcode 9000 you will need to follow this process. It is colloquially known as the ‘Zuid process’ because most appointments take place

Registration General FAQs

Where do I start? We recommend that wherever you’re coming from and whatever you plan to do while you’re in Ghent, you always start by describing your situation to the Infopunt Migratie. You can email them at infopuntmigratie@stad-gent. They will recommend where you should make an appointment and which documents you need

Buying essentials

When you’re visiting a city for a weekend, you can just wander about and see which shops you stumble across. But if you’re living in a new country and you don’t know where to buy a loaf of bread or a pair of socks in a hurry, the simplest things

Diving in Belgium

Diving? Yes. In Belgium? Yes. It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about sports in Belgium, but one of the country's biggest diving clubs (De Manta) is based in Ghent. With the Belgian and Dutch coastline just 30 minutes away, there are plenty of


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