Local students almost always visit the places before booking. If you have the chance to come to Brussels for a round of visits, we encourage you to do so. If it's not practical for you, more info on distance booking below.
Coming to Brussels to Visit
Some international students, usually from neighborhood countries, come to Brussels over summer to make a round of visits.
Others come to Brussels 10 to 15 days before the start of the semester to finalize their housing search.
Every year, a number of rooms become available after students get the results of their "2eme sess" Finals, which can be just before the start of the next semester. So even 10 days before the beginning of classes, with a little bit of effort, you will be able to find housing.
Adding to this, some owners, who tend to favour 12 months rentals, are more open to semester rentals come September.
If you choose one of these options, you can look at temporary housing to help during your trip.
No Visits - Distance Booking
If you search from a distant place, it might just be easier to book online from your home country.
It's totally possible : Read more about distance booking.