Practical Daily Life


Settling down in the Brussels-Capital Region entails tackling some immediate practical questions such as opening a bank account or taking a health insurance. Opening up a bank account is easy and straightforward. Just go to any bank office and take a proof of identity and you will be able to open a bank account in no time. Make sure to take compulsory insurances, a health care insurance and a car insurance, the latter obviously only if you have a vehicle. A house insurance is not mandatory when renting but is strongly advised or will at least often be a contractual obligation in a lease agreement. Also, on a (very) practical level, make sure to sort your waste and/or drop it off at certain designated shops or premises. Your well-being in this city will also depend on your social interaction and learning one or more of the national languages might greatly help you with that. As a polyglot city Brussels offers lots of language courses: conversation tables are a very good choice to learn quick and get to know people.