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You want to live in Wallonia but you don’t know where to start? Here are some useful addresses and tips to help you settle in our wonderful region.

Finding accommodation

You have two possibilities: renting or buying. Several websites post small ads for accommodation for sale or rent.

Registering with the municipal authorities

If you want to stay in Belgium as a foreigner for longer than three months, you need to visit the municipality where you are staying within eight days of your arrival and be entered into the population register; you will need an address in the municipality to do this. If you want to stay in Belgium for more than three months, you also need to contact the Office des Etrangers (Immigration Office).

Finding a job or training course

If you have not yet found employment, the first thing to do is register as a job-seeker by contacting an adviser in a Forem office (https://www.leforem.be/).

Forem can then help you look for a job. Advisers are available to help you choose your future profession or guide you in launching your own business or changing career. You can also obtain help with writing your CV and find tools for consulting and receiving the maximum number of job offers matching your profile.

Studying or registering your child in a school

Education is compulsory for children aged 6 to 18 and is free of charge, although some charges are payable by the parents.

  • Pre-school education is for children aged 2.5 to 6. It is not compulsory, but is highly recommended.
  • Primary education is compulsory for children aged 6 to 12.
  • Secondary education is for children aged 12 to 18 and is compulsory.

To find a pre-school or a primary or secondary school: http://www.enseignement.be/index.php?page=23836

The universities, higher education institutions and art colleges of Wallonia offer a wide range of accessible training courses. You will find all the information you need on higher education in Wallonia on http://www.studyinbelgium.be. Study scholarships (http://www.allocations-etudes.cfwb.be/) can be granted under certain conditions to less well-off students in both secondary and higher education.

Travelling

Nothing could be easier than taking your children to school or getting to work. Wallonia has almost 900 km of motorways connected to the European network. They are free of charge and illuminated at night; this is the densest motorway network in the world. Wallonia has transport networks covering the country's main destinations and offering high-speed links with major European cities. It also encourages alternative means of transport for more sustainable mobility, such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Healthcare

Belgium has one of the best and most modern healthcare systems in the world. Health insurance is compulsory for both employees and the self-employed in Belgium. This system means that healthcare services are almost free of charge and are of excellent quality. It is also compulsory to register with a mutual insurance system of your choice, which will ensure that you are reimbursed (in full or in part, depending on the type of service) for your medical treatment and the purchase of certain medications.

Find a doctor, hospital or mutual insurance system: www.inami.fgov.be/FR/professionnels