Living and working in Brussels

A recent survey ranked Brussels among the top ten European cities for quality of life. Brussels offers both long-time residents and relative newcomers a very pleasant lifestyle because of its low cost of living, practical amenities and educational, cultural and leisure opportunities.

This section provides everything you need to know about:

  • Cost of living: whether its house prices, rents, necessities or luxuries, Brussels is one of the most affordable of Europe’s capitals. See how Brussels compares with other top European cities.
  • Personal registration procedure: whether your stay is short-term or long-term (more than three months), it is important to register with the local authorities.
  • Healthcare and social security system: Belgium has a sophisticated healthcare and social security system. This sub-section explains how the system works, addressing important practical issues such as the reimbursement of medical expenses.
  • Education: Brussels offers a wide range of educational options, and Belgium has one of the best educational systems in the world. Learn about the various educational alternatives from nursery school through university and beyond.
  • Culture: a rich cultural heritage and an array of cultural activities make Brussels both a major tourist destination and an interesting city to explore over the course of many months or years.
  • Nature and leisure: Brussels is the greenest city in Europe, with parks dotted throughout the city and the enormous Forêt de Soignes nearby. The city also offers a variety of sports and sporting clubs from which to choose, excellent restaurants serving both local and international cuisine and, of course, gourmet ‘goodies’ such as chocolate, speculoos and beer.

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Laurent VERBIEST

Laurent VERBIEST

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