Brussels is great for travelling. You can go nearly anywhere in Europe for the weekend. Beware of the Belgian bureaucracy, it's absolutely hopeless! It's a priority to be fluent in French or you can easily get into a mess. My example: I never received my student visa, only a student card. So, I had problems with the police who had lost my file records. They said they would send my residence/visa card but they never did, so I was an illegal resident of Belgium for my entire stay there!!! It's ok if you are a European Union student (you don't need a visa) but if you're not - - good luck!!! Luckily I speak French and had my ULB student card to prove I was allowed to be there, but I don't think such a thing would happen in another country... Working is supposed to be illegal for students but you can easily find jobs anyway. There's a good English community in Brussels so you can easily get to know English people. Although you have to make the effort to interact with people or else you'll get lonely. Brussels is a highly cultural city, the beer is good and so are the chocolates, and it really is the heart of Europe. However, it's more of a quiet place therefore not a great student city and the weather is absolutely horrible.
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