University life

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  • Student restaurants
    Ghent University has a wide range of student restaurants. Staff are also welcome.
    They are all situated in the vicinity of the faculties. Service and food are of a high quality, the prices are the lowest in town.
  • Food and drinks in the city

Ghent University boasts a fully-equipped sports centre (called "GUSB"):

  • 3 large and 2 small halls for indoor activities
  • A 25-meter swimming pool
  • An instruction pool
  • 2 saunas
  • ...

Special attention is devoted to sports for disabled students. The university also offers individual supporting services and counselling for students who are actively involved in top-class sports.

Bicycle rent and transport

The car-free city centre is tailor-made for the pedestrian and the cyclist.

With bus and tram you can reach any part of the city quickly and easily (even on weekend evenings) and taxis are also readily available.

This university is not located in one campus, like many other universities. Most faculties have a building of their own.

Job service for students

Ghent University has a job database in order to help students find a suitable student job.

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For Ghent University-related administration, funding and fees, visit the pages for prospective students, current students, PhD or staff.

At Ghent University

  • Culture and leisure facilities and student associations
  • Keep an eye out for news items and planned events, e.g. Welcome Days for international students and PhD candidates
  • Stay up-to-date via the different information media, e.g. join a Facebook group or follow us on Twitter
  • Co-operation and cultural platforms: the regional platforms bring together all relevant expertise at Ghent University concerning a certain region of focus. They offer support, facilities and advice to Ghent University community to expand existing or set up new forms of cooperation.
  • Looking for a Ghent University souvenir? Find clothes and gifts in the University shop.

In the city of Ghent

Ghent is a multicultural city which is home to nationals from all over the world. If you know where to look, you will find a lot of people and organisations offering all these newcomers a taste of home.