“As part of my work, I must regularly stay in Brussels for periods of 1 week to 4 months. Brussels is a pleasant city to live in as an expatriate. Rents are affordable, which makes the cost of living attractive despite being the European capital.
Another positive point is that you can use English anywhere and therefore be easily understood if you do not speak French or Dutch. During my stays in Brussels, the Bed & Brussels team accompanies me in the search for my accommodation. I send them the dates of their stay, my budget and the district. On the basis of their housing proposals, I make my choice. The invoice is sent to my accounting department.
All I have to do is contact the owner for the practical details of my arrival. I usually rent a furnished studio and am greeted by the owner in person who explains how the place works and makes recommendations to me about the neighbourhood (public transit, restaurants, etc.). With this formula, I feel like I’m at home a little bit and what I wouldn’t have in a standard hotel. Moreover, the system is cheaper… which is not negligible when you travel often. During my last stay in Brussels, I rented a studio next to the 50th anniversary park, a few steps from the European quarter I was supposed to visit.