What is a Kot ?
In Belgium, a student room is called a kot.
Originally meaning a small room in Dutch, the word became used in Belgium
for broom cupboards, and nowadays is used to refer to student rooms.
A student who lives in a kot is called un kotteur.
The Types of Kots
Classic Kot / Student Room
The classic Belgian student room : a bedroom, a desk and the kot
atmosphere ! Kitchen and/or bathroom may be private or shared.
Typically found in buildings of 5 to 20 kots.
Generally more spacious, offering a completely private space with
toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Room at the owner's house
These places tend to be quieter. The owner might ask you to agree to
extra house rules. Some good deals can be found.
In Brussels you can also find shared
flats or houses to share between students.
Residence / Dorms
University residences are usually reasonably priced
and hard to get into.
Private residences, often on the more expensive side, offer more