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"Brussels" by Andrew Lu

Published by Andrew Lu — 14 days ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


What is it like to live in Brussels? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Living in Brussels is truly a subjective experience. With the constant grayness of the skies and sometimes even the people, the city can truly give off a black or white feeling that may not appeal to all. The city, in essence, truly is how you make of it. If you take the time to explore, to meet people, and to discover the city, the experience of living here can be not only eye-opening, but inspirational. At the center of Western Europe, Brussels maintains its cultural and social diversity and is welcoming to all international travelers, workers, and most importantly, students.

What is the student lifestyle like in Brussels?

The student lifestyle generally is quite relaxed. Rigorous academic responsibilities only appear during the exam periods while courses and projects are relatively easy-going. Outside of your studies, Brussels is lively place filled with music, entertainment, and a growing nightlife. From bars to classical music concerts, Brussels accommodates any student lifestyle you are searching for.

How much does it cost to live in Brussels?

On average, Brussels can force you to incur some pretty high costs in both food and entertainment. If you are a foodie like me, you may suffer a little bit with how much even small things such as fries and waffles can amount to. On the bright side, rent is appropriately priced and will not break anybody's pocket.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Brussels? Is there any advice you can give?

Accommodation is not difficult if you look early. That is the key, to look early. Through websites such as brik.be and also by using your university's resources, you can easily find a comfortable and affordable flat that will satisfy you. The only difficulty is making sure the location is safe. Due to Brussels' high crime rate in certain areas, it is key to ensure that your accommodation is in safe and peaceful area.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Everybody knows that Belgium is famous for waffles, fries, chocolate, and beer. From delicacies simply on the street to the restaurants, Belgium will meet all your delicious needs. Brussels in particular, as the center of Western Europe, also features restaurants with critically acclaimed mussels dishes, which is a must try.

What places would you recommend visiting in Brussels?

The world famous "Manneken Pis" is a must-see considering the reputation behind it. However, it can actually be quite disappointing considering how small the actual landmark is. The landmark that is not disappointing whatsoever is the Atomium. The huge atom-shaped landmark will definitely fascinate anyone and also provides ticketed trips to the top. The best part of visiting the Atomium, moreover, is spending some time by the beautiful park situated behind it. Park Laken is a great place for a picnic!

Is it good to eat out in Brussels? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

As a student, I personally do not recommend eating out because of the sheer expenses that you will incur. On occasions, students should still definitely visit the restaurants in/by Grand Place and Cinquantenaire. These spots are tourist hubs and have incredibly beautiful and tasty spots.

Is the nightlife good in Brussels? Where is good to go?

Nightlife is good in the sense that the clubs and bars are various and rarely have high entrance fees, if any. Bourse, at the center of Brussels, has a decent nightlife that can keep you busy throughout the entire night. Comparatively speaking to other cities, Brussels nightlife is not the best and still needs a lot of work to be on par with other places.

What advice would you give future students heading to Brussels?

Study well, party hard, and always seek new experiences whenever you can. If you are on exchange, take as much in, explore, discover, and most importantly, enjoy. Good luck!


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