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Practical information




Plus belle la vie à Liège...!




 

Living a shorter international mobility at HELMo is also possible!

The way of life in Liège


Liege is a city sitting at the doors of Europe. It is located 30 minutes from Maastricht  (Netherlands) by car or train, Aix-la-Chapelle (Germany), by train between 25 and 50 minutes. It is one hour away from Brussels, 2h30 from Ostende ( North Sea), 2h30 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) by train and  from Paris (France) 2h30 by train(TGV). Those are very interesting to explore since you can travel very easily with the developped trains networks.

Liege is a city of 200,000 inhabitants with a rich history and culture.

Liege is also a student city. More than 30,000 students spread over several High Schools, Schools of Higher Education and the university. « The Square » is a place which focuses on pubs, cinemas, restaurants, cafes and discos where students meet each other to party, have a drink together...

further information :
www.liege.be
Visiter Liège

Other practical information

Further information about

Arrival

  1. Two weeks before coming to HELMo, confirm your arrival date to the departmental coordinators, to the incoming officer (m.habay@helmo.be) and to the ESN team.  If you know your arrival date before the 10th July, thanks to communicate it as well.
  2. Ways to come to Liège:
 
  • By plane:
Check Ryanair or Brussels Airlines. Both of them offer special rates for exchange students (check here for Ryanair or here for Brussels Airlines).

From Brussels International Airport (Zaventem): take the train down from the Airport station to LEUVEN (Pay attention there is an airport tax you need to pay in addition to your train ticket = diabolo ticket) and then another one to Liège Guillemins ( LUIK Guillemins). You must buy a Go-pass (= 10 ways anywhere in Belgium for 5,5) instead of one train ticket.

From Brussels South Airport (Charleroi via Ryanair): take a taxi or a shuttle to Charleroi Sud Station then take the train to Liège Guillemins.

Ryanair has opened a flightline to Maastricht/Aachen Airport (30 minutes away from Liège) coming from Gerona (on Tuesdays and Saturdays) and Alicante (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) in Spain as well as Bari (on Wednesdays and Sundays) in Italy.

Good to know: there is an airport in Liège. Not a lot of flights leave from there. However, the TUIFLY company organises airplanes to Alicante (Tu, Wed, Fri, Sat) and Malaga (Tu, Fri).
 
  • By train:
In Belgium, any train going to Liège - Luik (Guillemins or Palais)
In Europe
 
       3. Once in Liège, it is recommended (mandatory for non European students) to go to the "Cité administrative" to enroll the Belgian population.You need your ID card or valid passport, learning agreement, acceptance letter, arrival form, two pictures and €14 , proof of your health insurance.

Necessary documents

ID,PASSPORT,VISA:


Choose the correct visa adapt  to your situation (not usually needed if you come from EU).
More information here

UE students:  you need  to have a valid passport or ID card and a temporary stay permission document’s depending from the native country. For more information, please contact Manon Habay.

NO UE:
  • you need to contact the Belgian’s embassy in your country to get the appropriate visa. For more information regarding the visa, please contact Manon Habay. She will be able to contact ( if needed) the foreign affairs office once your request will be done! Do not hesitate to consult this website https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en.
  • You have to prove you have enough incomes  for your stay in Belgium (670€ minimum per month). !!WARNING!! are not included: bank fees, food, travels, train, buses, and all other extras.
  • Copy of criminal record certificate and a medical certificate
  • Letter of acceptance and registration form from HELMo
 

Bank:

Don’t forget to check the validity of your bank card  and check if you can use MAESTRO.
Another solution can also be the credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron,...)

Health insurance:

Which documents do you need to receive health care in Belgium?
How to subscribe to a medical company ?
  1. If you are a European student and always covered by social security in your country, simply introduce yourself to the local mutual  with your European card’s number so you can get some thumbnails ( if medical emergency, you will have to go to the hospital ER with your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)). You will also be able to suscribe a complementary insurance which costs 13 € per month.
       You have two options:
  • Either you keep all your certificates (including pharmacy receipts, any hospital bills) and you will claim back when you return to your country of origin
  • Either you subscribe to a Belgian health insurance fund, which will cost you nothing and you will be reimbursed directly here in Belgium
  1. If you are a non-European student or if you are not covered anymore by social security in your country:
  • Either you are enrolled in the Belgian population registers (considered as a resident) then you must submit to the medical company with your ID + you must subscribe to the additional insurance of the mutuality (AC: assurance complémentaire = complementary insurance  €39  per quarter)
  • Either you are not registered in the Belgian population registers (registration as a student) then you must submit to the mutuality with a certificate from your school (confirming your enrollment in higher level) and you will pay an amount of  €63.43 (AO: assurance obligatoire= mandatory insurance) per quarter to qualify for Social Security (Refunds of drugs, doctor visits, dentist, hospital,...). Following a survey over the incomes, it might cost you nothing. You also have to subscribe to the additional insurance of the mutuality €39  AC
Complementary insurance 's benefits
More information : 04 230 16 01 or ass.liege@mc.be
                 https://www.mc.be/que-faire-en-cas-de/situation/arrivee-belgique/index.jsp

Accommodation

You want to find accommodation? Here are some tips !
You can find accommodation by private house owners: students mostly have a private bedroom but have to share with roommates the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room.

Some students from the past years have informed us about their accommodations, click here for more information (will be update asap).

Look at these links :

https://erasmust.eu/menu-pages/accommodation/

http://www.kotaliege.be/

http://www.meuse-campus.be/ (more information ici)

http://www.todayinliege.be/The-Student-Hotel-un-chez-soi-loin

http://www.locationetudiantliege.com/index.html

http://www.chickandkot.be

Airbnb

Immoweb (for the students who wants to share an appartment, advice for the ones staying an entire year)

Facebook’s group: Recherche kot/appartement/colocation à Liege, LIEGE A LOUER - bouche à oreille, Liege a louer: appart-maison bouche a oreille, colocation/kot - Liège (province), Location etudiants liège

http://www.pagesdor.be/ : research « immobilier liège » in order to find an agency which can help you in searching accommodation.

If you arrive in Belgium without having an accommodation, don’t worry ! Rent a room in the youth Hostel, l’auberge Simenon (website : http://www.lesaubergesdejeunesse.be/Liege-Tarifs?lang=fr) or check on Airbnb, and you will research a room being here.

Some information you need to know :

For each rent, you will have to sign a contract. Read carefully the last of the rent. Normally in Belgium, students have to rent a room for an entire year but you can always negotiate with the owner.
When you sign the contract, you will have to pay a rent guarantee (one or two month(s) rent amount). It will be reimbursed after your stay if you give the key back and if there is any damage in the room.

All these information can be found on http://www.studyinbelgium.be where you can find a lot of administrative and practical information about the way of living in Belgium.
 

COST OF LIVING :

The minimum amount required to live in Belgium is 666€ per month. This won't be enough to cover all the extra fees. Make sure you do not run out of money during your stay.
Approximative prices


The "centre J" of Liège :  information center for youngs people (students) which is situated 5 boulevard d'Avroy 4000 Liège. You can contact them by email to centrej@liege.be in order to prepare your stay in Liège.