Living in student rooms is quite an exciting step. It may take some getting used to it at first, but after a while, your student accommodation will feel like your second home and you will have a great time there! Scroll down and read everything about prices and our tips before you start your search. Living with an impairment? Or do you want to take up a social engagement? Scroll down and do not hesitate to contact Student Services.
If you're already a student at Thomas More, you can also read more on the student portal.
Mind you, Student Services, housing department, can help with accommodation for students only. If you search a place to live with your entire household, you cannot rent a student room. You will have to look for houses at the regular housing market.
Find your home away from home
Thomas More has two residences, in Mechelen and in Antwerp. All other residences are provided by the private market.
Thomas More residences
Right in the centre of Mechelen you'll find the Campus Kruidtuin residence for students with and without impairments. During your time at college, you have the opportunity to make a difference by taking part in one of our social engagement projects! We want to make the Campus Kruidtuin residence a fun and cosy place to live in, a real community!
Thomas More rents out 51 student rooms and 4 studio flats to students. Two rooms have been equipped for wheelchair users.
- Room: €371
- Studio flat for 1 person: €524
Rooms or studio flats are rented for one academic year. This means that the tenancy agreement starts in September and ends in June, inclusive (10 months). There are no additional costs. You can find more information about the rooms in our database: block A and block B. If you have an impairment, you have the option of living in assisted living housing. Unfortunately, you cannot apply for a room for the academic year 2023-2024 anymore.
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Located in the Kronenburgstraat, right by the attractive Antwerp South district, you will find Campus National, the residence for students with and without impairments. During your time at college, you have the opportunity to make a difference by taking part in one of our social engagement projects! We throw in the warm, friendly atmosphere for free. We want to make Campus National a fun and cosy place to live in, a real community! Campus National has a mix of 43 housing units for 50 students. Four rooms have been adapted for wheelchair users.
- room: €440 or €503
- studio flat for 1 person: €524
- studio flat for 2 people: €577
Rooms or studio flats are rented for one academic year. This means that the tenancy agreement starts in September and ends in June, inclusive (10 months). There are no additional costs. You can find more information in our database. Unfortunately, you cannot apply for a room for the academic year 2023-2024 anymore.
For more information about accommodation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our student housing database you will find all available rooms and studio flats in the vicinity of our campuses. It also provides information about extra costs and facilities of the various student rooms. If you want to look for accommodation in Antwerp, visit Kotweb.
During the recent years, Belgium has become a popular destination for (international) students and the ‘housing market’ is under pressure. You can check out other accommodation possibilities.
The table below gives you the average rental prices at the private rental market. Allow an average € 30 - € 60 per month for utilities, depending on the type of student home.
The amounts mentioned in this table are the average rental prices of a regular student room with shared kitchen and shared bathroom. If you seek a room which includes a private kitchen and/or bathroom for yourself, this will cost you € 100 - € 150 more each month. The sooner you start your search for a room, the more options you have in finding what you want. Bear in mind that the cheapest rooms are taken very quickly.
|Average prices spring 2023||Room||Studio|
|Antwerp||€ 436||€ 577|
|Mechelen||€ 422||€ 540|
|Sint-Katelijne-Waver||€ 419||€ 513|
|Geel||€ 331||€ 435|
|Lier||€ 353||€ 498|
|Turnhout||€ 334||€ 454|
|Vorselaar||€ 305||€ 527|
- It's best to start your search as soon as your learning agreement or degree application is approved, when there's still plenty of choice. However, exchange students will usually have to wait until the summer to get a confirmation for semester contracts as landlords prefer the annual contracts.
- In the summer, all student housing will seem ‘quiet’ because most students aren't there. Think carefully about what suits you best: living in a large, lively student house or a quieter place in a house with only a couple of rooms.
- Made up your mind? Make clear agreements and read your tenancy agreement carefully. Click here for more information and tips about your contract, warranty, utility expenses, insurances and regulations.
- In this document you will read more information concerning your rental agreement.
In Belgium communication is less direct then in some other countries. This might give a wrong impression when communicating with landlords. Hence, we designed a template for an email you could use to contact landlords.
Other questions or concerns? The Student Services department will be happy to help and advise you: email@example.com.
Living in student housing as a student with an impairment?
At our campuses in Mechelen and Antwerp, we offer residences with a range of facilities (wheelchair access, lift ...) and with personal assistance from fellow students. Thomas More residences aim to be an example of ‘assisted living’. In other words: a place where students with and without impairments can live and study together.
Are you looking for student housing with disabled facilities in Geel, Lier, Turnhout, Vorselaar or Campus De Nayer? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you in finding suitable accommodation in the private rental market!
Student housing with social engagement
At our residences in Mechelen and Antwerp, you can rent ‘housing with social commitment'. This means that you want to make a difference to your fellow residents and the local community during your time at our university. This makes your time living in student housing extremely rewarding.
We want our residences to be close-knit communities. They have been built with socialising in mind, with large communal living rooms or kitchens. There’s no resident landlord, which means we count on you and your fellow students to make the best of your new shared home and take care of it!
Do you want to make a difference for your fellow students or the local community of your college town? If so, you can do your bit by getting involved in one of our social engagement projects. At our residences, the focus is on study, but also on social commitment. You can get involved:
- by providing assisted living support to your fellow students with a physical impairment, such as shopping, cooking & sharing meals, practical organisation of study
- by helping people in the local community. Think of visits to lonely elderly people, helping children with their homework ...
If you decide to provide assisted living support or help out in the local community, you will not only enjoy an unbelievable experience but also receive a payment for volunteering. Before you move into our residence, we will discuss which project you have committed yourself to and how to go about doing this practically.