Important: make an appointment before going to the city hall

Most of the services at City Hall work with scheduled appointments. Picking up documents doesn't require an appointment.

Click here to get an appointment or:

  • Call 016 27 23 00
  • Register at the self service desk in the city office

Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
3000 Leuven

Money matters. From bank accounts to taxes and the cost of living, all information to get you started is listed here.

​Bank account

Branches of the principal Belgian and international banks can be found in all Belgian cities. Among the best known are ING, KBC and BNP Paribas Fortis. A bank account can only be opened after arrival in Belgium. The procedure on how to open a bank account can vary from bank to bank.

Taxes and Tax form

As a resident in Belgium, you will yearly receive a tax form in a brown envelope. The tax relates to the income of the previous year. You must file the tax return, even if you have not earned any income in Belgium in that year. For this, you will need to get the '281.10' form from your employer to be able to fill in the tax form.

If you are awaiting a tax rebate next year when you will have left Belgium already, it is advisable to keep your Belgian bank account or give the Tax Office authorization to transfer the rebate to a foreign account number.

If you need assistance in filling out your tax form, contact the federal tax administration (+32 257 257 57, every weekday from 8AM to 5PM) or email

General Cost of living

A great way to find out what the general cost of living in Leuven is, is Numbeo, an independent website which is regularly updated by its users. It shows the cost of living for various costs, from items of daily use up to rent costs.

You can also use the website to compare Leuven to any other city in the world.

Are you an international?

An initiative of the City of Leuven and Leuven MindGate, the International House Leuven is an information, knowledge and service center for internationals and their families, and for organizations in the Leuven region employing international talent.

The International House Leuven provides support related to relocation, social integration, living and working in the Leuven region. International House Leuven is the vibrant hub for local networking and community building. It strengthens and showcases Leuven’s diverse and international character.