Where to look for student accommodation?

Kotweb offers the largest range of student accommodation in Antwerp and is moreover the reference for top quality student accommodation. It is a unique collaboration between GATE15, the social services of the Antwerp higher education establishments, the city of Antwerp, the Antwerp fire brigade and the police. Together, they have drawn up transparent regulations, rights and obligations concerning quality, (fire and burglary) safety and a proper rental agreement.
These are some advantages to renting a room advertised on Kotweb:

  • Quality label: All accommodations are systematically checked by the city of Antwerp for minimum standards for living conditions and fire safety. This is verified by a quality label per accommodation on Kotweb.
  • Model Lease: Kotweb provides a model lease that students are recommended to use. Please check with your landlord whether he uses the standard lease or not.
  • Advice & help: For questions about your rental agreement, a rental dispute with your landlord, etc.

Remark: If you are reluctant to book a room in advance, you are advised to book a room in a youth hostel or a budget/student hotel for the first nights of your stay. Meanwhile you can visit available student accommodations.

What are the average prices?

Please be aware that the average price for a student room with a shared bathroom and kitchen is 390 EUR/month. The average price for a studio with a private bathroom and/or private kitchen is 450 EUR/month. In most cases costs like internet, water, gas, electricity and heating are not included. Keep in mind that these are the average prices if you rent for minimum 10 months. You rent for a shorter period so the average prices will rise.
Your landlord can charge a fixed amount for utilities such as heating, electricity, water etc. or work with a provisional charge. The provisional charge is paid in advance and actual usage amounts are calculated at the end of the lease. Avoid any nasty surprises and ensure you clarify which of these two systems will be applied before you sign a lease.

When do I sign a rental agreement?

You only sign a rental agreement when you’re completely certain that you’re coming to Antwerp and that you want to stay in this student accommodation.
We advise you to sign a model lease on Kotweb.
You need to sign the Dutch version of the rental agreement. Ask for an English translation so you fully understand what’s in the rental agreement, because you are legally responsible for what you sign.
Keep in mind that you have to pay until the end of the agreed stay. So make sure the period on your rental agreement matches your actual stay.
Premature termination is only possible in a few cases and if noted in your rental agreement.

What is a deposit?

A deposit is an amount of money that the landlord can use to reimburse possible damage. After you have left your room clean and without any damage, the landlord will refund the deposit.
Check your rental agreement for the deadline of refunding the deposit.
A deposit is not a way to pay your last month’s rent.
A deposit is usually one or two months’ rent.
If you pay via a bank transfer, you always have a proof of payment. However, if you pay cash upon arrival you also need to ask for a proof of payment! Never pay rent or deposit through Western Union.

What furnishings are included?

Check with your landlord what furnishings are included with the accommodation:

  • a desk
  • a wardrobe
  • a chair
  • a bed
  • a mattress
  • bed linen (sheets, pillow, pillow case and blankets)
  • kitchen utensils

Remark: A sleeping bag is a good temporary solution.

How to arrange fire insurance?

It’s important to arrange a fire insurance so you can protect yourself against three risks: tenant’s liability, liability vis-à-vis third parties and personal effects. You can do this in two ways, through your landlord or take your own insurance. Always ask your landlord for more information.