From January 2020, Ghent's city centre (the area within the ring road) becomes a low emission zone (LEZ). Just like Ghent's circulation plan, the goal is to improve the air quality for those who live, work and visit in our beautiful city. From January onwards, only vehicles with low emissions
Welcome to Ghent! Whether you came here for your bachelor, masters, PhD or internship, congratulations on making a very good choice. Belgium is a great country and this city in particular has a lot to offer.
My name is Lilas and I used to be an Erasmus student in Ghent.
In this post we share our best tips on how to rent a van in Ghent. An expat is often in temporary need of a van, either when buying new furniture or moving to a new address. We also list a few reasons why you might want to rent a
There are four recognised durations for rental contracts in Belgium. Mutual agreement to end a contract before it’s up is always possible without any penalties needing to be paid, but it does need to be mutual, and it’s advised to get it in writing. But if no mutual agreement is
Believe it or not, legally in Belgium you can have a verbal or written rental agreement. However, as most people are likely to get, or insist upon, a written agreement, we’re focusing our posts about rental agreements on that. This overview covers what you can expect to see in a
Plaatsbeschrijving literally means ‘place description’ and - although it sounds simple - it can cause a lot of confusion for expats moving to Ghent, probably because it’s not that common in other countries. Here’s a basic overview of how the plaatsbeschrijving system (a legal requirement when renting a property) works
Moving to a new country can be especially daunting if you don’t know anyone who lives there already. Whether you’re coming to Ghent with/for a partner or on your own, making new friends is key to settling in. Here is our list of recommended regular events or websites you can
Elections in Belgium can seem pretty complicated, especially for expats who might struggle with the language barrier. In this post, we’ll give you a taste of how the Belgian political system works, and show you how/if you can vote.
Every 6 years there are municipal and provincial (i.e. East Flanders) elections
Although English and French are widely spoken in Ghent, Dutch is the main language used in this city and the region of Flanders. 69
Ghent is small enough to walk around. It only takes about 20 minutes to walk through the historic city centre. 309