The College campus including its halls of residence are situated in the centre of Bruges. The College has a policy of acquiring suitable buildings and of renovating them to a high standard of comfort. Students are allocated private rooms on a lottery base. We endeavour to respond to all student needs and to maintain good standards of service.

All students have individual rooms with wifi connection (cost included in the general fees) as well as a private bathroom. In addition, communal leisure and entertainment facilities are available in each residence. Sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, duvets and cutlery are supplied.
Washing machines are available in each residence. Students take breakfast together in the residences.

The halls of residence are open throughout the academic year except for two weeks for the winter semester break. Each residence has a housekeeper who looks after the students, takes care of breakfast and coordinates the maintenance of the residence. All residences are non-smoking.


Biskajer Residence


This is an old majestic house situated on Biskajer square, built in classicist style in the first half of the 19th century and subsequently converted into a student residence. One of Biskajer's highlights is its grand entrance hall. It has 53 student rooms and also accommodates a breakfast room, TV room, common room, bike shed and a laundry room in the cellar. On warm summer evenings the inner courtyard is often used by the students for ad-hoc volleyball matches or other sports.

Biskajersplein 1 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Garenmarkt Residence


The residence Garenmarkt, formerly The Hotel Portinari, is a bridge to the glorious past of Bruges, not so much owing to its classical facade, but because Tommaso PORTINARI was the administrator of the Florentine "Loggia de Medici" in the 15th century in Bruges. It contains 11 spacious apartments for professors and 38 student rooms, two "salons" in fine 19th century style, the "salon du Recteur" with remarkable 18th century wall paintings, and a large modern "Mensa" for students.

Garenmarkt 15 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Gouden Hand Residence

Gouden Hand

This beautiful Bruges style house dates back to the 17th century and is a listed monument. During the 2005-2006 academic year it was renovated and provides 48 spacious rooms with private bathrooms.

The Gouden Hand student bar which is situated in the cellar is the place where students have been gathering for years. The building has been a backdrop for many films and documentaries.

Gouden Handstraat 4 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Oliebaan Residence


This building was constructed in 1959 on the grounds of the "Grootseminarie" at the Potterierei. It houses 32 students, and has a breakfast room, recreation room, TV room and a spacious garden. This is perhaps the quietest of the College's residences.

Oliebaan 5B - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Oude Zak Residence

Oude Zak

Built in the 19th century, this majestic residence occupies two buildings, and provides 57 student rooms along with 3 professor's apartments. It also features a TV room, recreation room and breakfast room. It also houses the students' sauna.

Oude Zak 24-26 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Sint-Jorisstraat Residence


This beautiful Bruges mansion has a total of 25 student rooms around an inner courtyard, with a breakfast room, a TV and recreation room. The interior was completely renovated in 1999.

Sint-Jorisstraat 49 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Spanjaardstraat Residence


The property was originally built by the family ‘Cools’. In the 70’s it was acquired by the city of Bruges. The building was used as office space for the Bruges’ Tax Department. In 2011 the building was sold, completely renovated, and named ‘Huyze Cools’, after its founding father. The residence was acquired by the College of Europe in 2022. It has 49 studios, which are all equipped with a kitchenette and a private bathroom.

Rode Haanstraat 3 (entrance) - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map

Wispeltuin Residence.July 2017

Karel Verleye residence

The monumental monastery of the “Red Nuns” or “Redemptoristine nuns” was built in 1844-1847 in Bruges and is an early example of the gothic revival. In 2004 the last nuns left for other monasteries and both the church and monastery have been completely renovated to host students, families and elderly people in a luscious green setting. The architecture of the buildings is remarkable and has kept many historical elements. The renowned Belgian landscaper Jacques WIRTZ preserved the original garden structure and combined it with a modern design. At the end of August 2017 the College of Europe acquired 40 student rooms and in 2020 another 41 student rooms will be made available to our students. In 2018 the residence was officially named the Karel Verleye residence, in honour of one of the College’s founding fathers.

Katelijnestraat 105 - BE 8000 Bruges

pointer Map



General News


EU Diplomacy Paper 3/2024

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies has published a new EU Diplomacy Paper entitled "The ‘Graveyard of Umpires’? The Hard-Learned Lessons that Afghanistan Taught EU...