Culture and leisure

Your student life in Wallonia-Brussels will be a whirlwind of cultural, sporting and associative activities.
Cultural activities
  • A culture that is very much its own
With names like Magritte, Delvaux or Rops in the field of the fine arts, Simenon in literature, Toots Thielemans in the Jazz world, Hergé for the comic strip, the Dardenne brothers representing Belgian film, César Franck or Eugène Ysaÿe for classical music, not forgetting the singer Jacques Brel, Wallonia-Brussels boasts a culture that is very much its own.
If you are a fan of music, painting, drawing, theatre, cinema, a rich cultural programme is proposed through the year by student associations or special services within institutions. Participation in cultural activities will allow you to meet other students outside the strict context of studies and will not only be a rich source of experiences but also make you feel part of your new home.
The cultural activities appear in the calendar of activities of the institutions, available on the websites.
Most of the institutions are situated in urban centres that offer an intense cultural life exhibitions, concerts, shows, conferences and workshops are proposed to students at very accessible prices.
  • Feel the festivals’ rhythm!
Love partying with friends? Come summer, Belgium and Europe generally become a vast stage with festivals for all tastes and styles!
Associative activities
  • The “Kots-à-projets”, a quintessentially Belgian concept, are making a splash!

A kot-à-projet (KAP) is a student housing unit (“kot” in Dutch) reserved for a group of students working together on a project close to their heart.
The project usually involves organizing activities aimed at other students as well as local residents. Each kot-à-projet specializes in a specific domain, for example culture, humanitarian or social aims, sport, or protecting the environment.

Kot-à-projets are the perfect way to meet new people, cement strong relationships with other students and participate fully in student life. A diverse range of students are involved in KAPs, which offers the opportunity to meet and get to know people from a variety of backgrounds while working together on a shared project.

Sports activities

Most of the higher education institutions have high quality sporting infrastructures.
The cities where they are based also offer many possibilities to practice sports: sports centres, tennis courts, football, rugby, volleyball, basketball pitches, swimming pools and even golf courses.
Within the institutions, there is generally a sports department that organises and coordinates all of the sports activities on the campus or externally.
  • The 20 km of Brussels

Are you into running? Looking to take part in the most iconic marathons around the world? Before setting off to take on internationally renowned races such as the Tokyo, New York, Boston, Berlin, London and Chicago marathons, make the most of your stay in Belgium to take part in a race in Brussels: the “20 km of Brussels”!

Every year, this race through the Belgian capital brings together tens of thousands of runners representing over 125 nationalities from around 70 countries.

Apart from the 20 km of Brussels, you will have the opportunity to take part in a great many marathons all year round and throughout Belgium.