Settling down in the Brussels Capital Region entails tackling some immediate practical questions such as taking several important insurances. When renting, a house insurance is not mandatory but is strongly advised or will at least often be a contractual obligation in a lease agreement. If you have a car make sure to take the compulsory car insurance. Health insurance is obligatory in Belgium but as it will not cover the full cost of treatment it is well advised to take an extra hospitalisation insurance. A family insurance can also be very useful in case of damages inflicted on others! Finally keep in mind that domestic staff must be insured by law.