Ghent is a vivid and popular student city with plenty of suitable student accommodation. About 5% of the population of Ghent is made up of international students and finding a room in Ghent may prove hard if you start too late. So if you want to be sure you get a room ('kot') that suits your wishes, we advise you to start early. Our advice is to start at least three months before you come to Ghent.
At student dorm Mercator D, a student residence that belongs to HOGENT, 50 single rooms are allocated to incoming exchange students.
The only valid way to make a room reservation is by expressing your interest in a room in Mercator D when you complete your online application form. You will receive a link to the application form once you have been accepted by HOGENT as an exchange student. The 50 available rooms at Mercator D will be allocated as soon as possible after the application deadline. Please note that a room in Mercator D is not guaranteed by ticking the box in the application form!
Mercator is located approximately 1.7 kilometres from the city centre of Ghent. All rooms are 12 square metres, single, furnished with a desk, chair, bed with mattress, duvet and pillow, wardrobe, small fridge and bookshelves. Free internet access is available in all rooms (Wi-Fi + LAN).
The toilets, showers, kitchen, washer (3 euros per washing cycle) and dryer are shared with other students.
Room prices and security deposit
A room in the student dorm costs 1225 euros per semester (including 45 euros/month for heating, water, electricity, internet and cleaning of shared facilities).
To confirm your booking, you will be asked to pay a 250 euro security deposit, which will be reimbursed after your stay if you leave the room behind in a clean condition.
Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in the college dorms. Please check out the following alternatives on a budget:
- Youth hostels in Ghent →
- HOSTEL 47 →
- Hostel Uppelink →
- Treck Hostel →
- Hotel Campanile →
- Bed & Breakfast Gent →
For more tourist information:
Costs for water, electricity and heating are usually not included in this price. Bed linen and towels are not provided by the landlord, cooking utensils are not always provided. Start looking for accommodation at an early stage. Posters announce the availability of student rooms ('studentenkamer/kot te huur').
Keep in mind that you will be required to pay a deposit of one (to three) months' rent when you start renting. If you want advice or a second opinion before signing the rental contract, you can always send an e-mail to email@example.com.
If you want to rent a flat on the private market, the website www.kotatgent.be provides useful information.
KotatGent is a cooperation between the City of Ghent and its Higher Education Institutions.