The history of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is closely linked with that of Belgium itself. When the nine provinces that broke away from the Kingdom of the Netherlands formed the Belgian State in 1830, there were three state universities in the country: Ghent, Liege and Leuven. Even though Brussels had been promoted to the rank of capital, it still had no university.
The Université libre de Bruxelles has 12 faculties that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 247 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress.
Across the whole Université libre de Bruxelles, over 4000 professors, scientists, PhD students, and lab technicians are at work in every field from science and technology to life sciences and healthcare, and humanities and social sciences.
Due to its key role at the university and its contacts with the outside world, the social services department can provide you with a range of precise information which you may take advantage of in order to organise your life during your studies. Various forms of assistance are offered: scholarship possibilities, budget management assistance, student jobs (ULB-Jobs) and even financial support if necessary.
The halls of residence at the university offer many rooms on each of the campuses in Brussels (Solbosch, Plaine, Erasmus). Their prices vary according to size and level of comfort. Students who wish to obtain a room must fill in a form and send it to the university before 10 June. Check our Housing service page here.Furthermore, the University housing office centralises private accommodation offers from landlords. It proposes a wide range of rooms and flats and also provides information on the related terms and conditions.Finally, there are also two privately owned blocks of flats – one on the Plaine campus, the other on the Erasmus campus available for students.
The Presses universitaires de Bruxelles (PUB) publish and sell coursebooks in close collaboration with ULB professors. PUB also offers a printing service next to their bookshop (dissertations, theses, etc).Librairies, books and coursebooksThe Archives & Libraries provide students and researchers with access to information resources and services such as:
The University offers a range of facilities and services to assist students with their IT-related needs.
A medical service (general practitioners, sports medicine and a general clinic) is available to the university population at INAMI (National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance) rates, i.e. fully reimbursed by the mutuality.
One of the major advantages of the ULB campuses is their exceptional location in the heart of the capital. Close to the city centre and easily accessible via public transport, the Solbosch and Plaine campuses in Ixelles are next to the Bois de la Cambre, thus enjoying the benefits of both the city and green spaces. The medical campus in Anderlecht is surrounded by the pleasant atmosphere of the countryside and is accessible by metro (at 'Erasme' station).
Students may enjoy up to 50 different sports activities supervised by professionals, at midday and in the evening on the Solbosch campus and at the Forêt de Soignes sports complex.
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