Certain students may choose to live in Belgium, where accommodation is usually cheaper and you can get more for your money. The Belgian border is a 15-minute bike ride from Maastricht’s city centre, so you can commute to Maastricht quite easily – overall, many students find this appealing and opt for this option.
However, choosing to live in Belgium means that you will need to register yourself with a Belgian municipality (which one depends on where you choose to live). This means that you may face additional bureaucratic steps that we unfortunately don’t cover here. If you decide to live in Belgium, much of the information we provide, for example, will be of no use to you – you may not be eligible for things like huurtoeslag (Dutch housing subsidy), or have access to the free GGD services.
You should also bear in mind that if you are a non-EU student and you have a residence permit for the Netherlands, then you are not allowed to permanently live in Belgium. According to EU law, if you have entered an EU country with a Schengen visa, you can travel throughout the Schengen area for as long as your visa is valid, and spend a maximum of 90 days abroad during an 180 day period. You will not need a separate visa for each Schengen area country and you will not need to show your passport at each internal border.
As a default, assume that the information covered in our housing section does not apply to you if you opt for living in Belgium.