AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts only has a limited number of student rooms at its disposal. These are reserved for short term use (less then one semester). We advise all students staying in Belgium for a full semester to look for student accommodation at Kotweb.
Kotweb is a collaboration between the city of Antwerp, the higher education institutions in Antwerp and STAN, Antwerp's student portaI. It offers the largest database of student accommodation in Antwerp.
Every rental agreement must be in writing. You and your landlord should both receive an original copy of the contract signed by both parties. Never sign a document you don’t understand. Ask for an English translation. Contact the Stuvo AP housing service in case you have questions about the rental agreement.
If your landlord uses the free Kotweb model lease you are always safe. This contract has a good legal basis and seeks a balance between the interests of students and landlords.
You can recognize the rooms for which the model rental agreement is used by the model lease logo.
The average monthly rental price (costs not included) for a furnished room in Antwerp is:
These prices do not include extra costs (gas, electricity, water, Internet. Expect to pay between € 40 and € 80 per month.
You will also have to pay a deposit at the start of the rental agreement. This deposit usually equals one or two months’ rent.
All the student rooms in Kotweb have been inspected on fire safety and housing quality standards.
Based on this inspection, the city services assign a quality label to each student property.
Incoming exchange students should be insured by their home university for accidents and third-party liability insurance as they are still registered as a student in their home university. This insurance should be valid during educational and recreational activities in university buildings, while commuting to and from the university and during excursions approved by the university. If this is not the case, students are responsible for their own insurance for all possible risks
Before leaving for Antwerp, students should report to their insurance company and carefully examine whether their health insurance covers all medical costs for the entire period of stay in Belgium. If that is not the case, they can choose to take up insurance with a local health insurance federation in Antwerp upon their arrival.
If you rent a property, you are responsible for damage caused by fire, water or explosion, except in circumstances beyond your control. You should take out insurance to cover these risks. Whether you should take out an individual policy or whether these risks are insured by the policy of the landlord depends on what has been agreed upon in the rental agreement. Landlords have to insure their building for fire and related risks, electrical and water damage. These policies can include insurance on behalf of the tenant, by means of which the tenant’s liability towards the landlord and towards third parties is covered. The landlord can ask you a contribution for the tenant’s liability in the fire insurance.
If the contract does not stipulate that the tenant’s liability is insured through the landlord’s policy, you need to take out individual insurance to cover the risks of damage to the landlord’s property and to third parties. Your personal belongings will never be covered by the landlord’s insurance policy. However, your parents' fire insurance may cover this since your belongings have only been temporarily moved to your student accommodation. Check this in your parents' insurance policy. Note: This is only possible if you are still registered as living at home. If your parents’ fire insurance does not cover your belongings, you will have to take out an individual insurance policy.