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Real Estate in Leuven, Belgium

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 02, 2023

Summary: People living in Leuven, Belgium offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Leuven? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Leuven?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Leuven, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a single room in a shared apartment to a family-sized house. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Leuven to find one that suits your lifestyle and needs. Some popular areas include the city center, Kessel-Lo, and Heverlee. Each has its own unique character and amenities. Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, you can start your search. There are several online platforms where you can find listings for rentals in Leuven. Websites like Immoweb, Zimmo, and Realo are popular choices. These sites allow you to filter results based on your preferences, such as price range, number of bedrooms, and location. In addition to online listings, you might also consider working with a real estate agent. They can help you navigate the local market and may have access to listings that aren't publicly advertised. When you find a place you're interested in, contact the landlord or agent to arrange a viewing. This is your opportunity to check the condition of the property and ask any questions you might have. If you're moving to Leuven for study, you might also consider university housing. KU Leuven, for example, offers a range of accommodation options for students. Finally, once you've found a place you like, you'll need to sign a lease agreement. Be sure to read this carefully and understand all the terms before signing. You'll also typically need to pay a deposit, which is usually equivalent to one or two months' rent. Remember, finding the right place can take time, so it's a good idea to start your search well in advance of your move," remarked one member in Leuven.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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