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Beginner’s Guide for foreign students in Ghent

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.

Rental agreements: the plaatsbeschrijving

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

Meeting new people

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


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