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VUB makes contact education possible with Brussels City Campus

In order to offer you contact education in safe and inspiring circumstances, we’re expanding our study locations to the heart of Brussels. It also means we’re strengthening our vital link with the city and the region.

Welcome to the Brussels bubble!

Brussels is a dream lab for (future) scientists and the ideal place to learn for students. Via the weKONEKT.brussels initiative that we have developed in recent years, we connect you with the capital. Conversely, we’re strengthening the Brussels community through organising teaching with, in and for Brussels with our diverse partners. Connection, collaboration and co-creation are central to this. VUB is also positioning itself as an urban university that takes its commitment to and responsibility for Brussels seriously.

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Take a class in the parliament

Brussels City Campus

Alongside the existing VUB campuses in Etterbeek, Jette, Usquare, Gooik, Anderlecht, Diest and Leuven, we will be welcoming you to no fewer than seven additional class locations in the 2020-2021 academic year. Wifi is available at all sites.

You might soon be taking lessons at:

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The social distance between lecturer and student has always been very small at VUB, and we want to continue that.

Contact education for more than 2,000 course units

With the Brussels City Campus, which extends across the whole city, we guarantee safe and attractive teaching for more than 2,000 course units in the first semester. We offer all students quality blended learning: a combination of digital and face-to-face teaching.

During your time at university, you’ll make countless new contacts, develop unforgettable friendships and help build a connected community. To continue to offer this unique experience to our students, we’re fully commited to this form of teaching in our cosmopolitan region. In Brussels you’ll discover the world.

Vice-rector Education and Student Affairs Jan Danckaert stresses the importance of this.

“For us it’s clear that contact education and digital distance learning can perfectly complement one another, with the interaction between lecturer and students central. The social distance between lecturer and student has always been very small at VUB, and we want to continue that.”

 

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Jozef II: how to get there

Address

Jozef II-straat 47, 1000 Brussels

Public transport

  • Metro: from the metro station Kunst-Wet it’s only a four-minute walk to the Jozef II building. 
  • Train: take the train to the Bruxelles-Schuman station. From there, it's an eight-minute walk to Jozef II.44

More about Jozef II

Information sheet

  • Rooms: there are seven classrooms of 65 seats. 
  • Faculties: PE, SE, LR, IR, LK 

Description

Vacancy and underutilisation of available space are well-known social problems in Brussels and Flanders. In Brussels alone, approximately 6.5 million m² of space is not being used. The building at Joseph II street has been out of use for quite a while as well. By allowing lectures to take place in the building, the VUB is giving the vacant space a new purpose. In this way, we contribute to the development of the neighbourhood and we bring students into contact with the countless possibilities Brussels has to offer.

The Flemish Parliament: how to get there

Address

IJzerenkruisstraat 99, 1000 Brussels

Public transport

  • Metro: You can easily reach the Flemish Parliament by metro. Get off at subway station Madou or subway station Kunst-Wet. 
  • Bus: Buses 29, 63, 65 and 66 stop near the Parliament. Get off at stop Drukpers and walk another 12 minutes. 
  • Tram: Take tram line 92 or 93 and get off at stop Park or stop Congres at Koningsstraat. From stop Park, you have to walk for about 6 minutes, from stop Congres, you have to walk for another 16 minutes. 
  • Train: The nearest train station is Brussels Central Station. From there, it is a fifteen-minute walk to the Parliament. 

More about the Flemish Parliament

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 1 classroom of 50 seats 
  • Faculties: LW, ES, IR 

Description

As a critical VUB student it is important to know how your vote counts during the elections. Taking lessons in the Flemish Parliament is the ideal opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge about the (history of) parliamentary democracy in Belgium and the Flemish Movement. Make sure to drop by the Parliament’s Visitor Centre, where you can attend an interactive exhibition about the activities and history of the Flemish Parliament or have a drink or snack at the cafeteria. 

In the past years, the Flemish Parliament has been a constant partner of the WeKONEKT.week. The VUB is pleased to be able to strengthen and develop this cooperation even more. 

More about the Flemish Parliament? Take a look at flemishparliament.eu.

Close to the Flemish Parliament

Do you want to spend some free time in the neighbourhood after your class? Good idea! The Parliament is located in the heart of Brussels, which means there’s a lot to do! 

  • Get something to eat or drink at one of the various restaurants at IJzerenkruisstraat
  • Get some fresh air or take a walk in Warandepark, a beautiful green spot in the heart of the city. 
  • Visit the interactive exhibition at the Flemish Parliament’s Visitor Centre, where you will learn all about the activities and history of the administrative body. 

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Flagey: how to get there

Address

Heilig Kruisplein, 1050 Brussels

Public transport

Flagey can be reached most easily by tram or bus. Get off at stop Flagey. 

  • Tram: tram line 81 connects the Flagey stop with the Brussels-South station. 
  • Bus: lines 38, 59, 60 and 71 stop at stop Flagey. Buses 38 and 71 connect stop Flagey with Brussels Central Station. 

More about Flagey

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 1 classroom of 200 seats 

Description

Flagey is a culture house in Brussels devoted to music and the moving image. Located on the edge of the Flagey square and next to the Ixelles ponds, this building – formerly the headquarters of the national radio and television institution – has now more than ever become a crossroad where artistic disciplines can meet and exchange ideas. Culture lovers of all ages are welcome in this beautiful Art Deco building, to take part in various events which range from concerts of jazz, world, classical and contemporary music, to film events and video projects. Each year, Flagey has the honour of receiving some of the world’s most prominent artists, yet it still insists on offering opportunities to younger (Belgian) talents. Talent cannot be defined by age, a vision VUB strongly supports. By giving young Belgians a chance and providing them with a platform, we are able to strengthen this group in society. 

VUB and Flagey work together intensively on the festival "Religion in the City". During the weKONEKT.week, the culture house is an important partner as well. 

Want to know more about Flagey? Take a look at flagey.be/en

Close to Flagey

  • Throughout the year, you can attend various cultural festivals at Flagey and enjoy a varied cultural programme. Therefore, the culture house is the place to be for lovers of music and the moving image. Moreover, thanks to a custom-made film offer, younger generations can  also have a great time at the centre. 
  • At a ten-minute walking distance from Flagey, you'll come across concept store L'Atelier en Ville. There, you cannot only buy nice furniture, but also enjoy sandwiches and sweet snacks in a cozy atmosphere. 
  • Looking for a quick snack on the go? Delhaize Flagey is only a four-minute walk away from the culture house. 

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Cinematek: how to get there

Address

Baron Hortastraat 9, 1000 Brussel

Public transport

  • Metro: take metro line 1 or 5 and get off at the Central Station or Park stop. The Central Station is a four-minute walk away from Cinematek, stop Park is a five-minute walk away. 
  • Tram: take tram line 92 or 93 and get off at stop Koning. From there, you have to walk another five minutes. 
  • Bus: 
    • Bus lines 27, 38, 95, 71 stop at stop Koning. Walk on for another five minutes. 
    • If you take bus lines 38 or 71, you can get off at stop Bozar. 
    • Bus lines 29, 38, 63, 65, 66, 71 stop at the Central Station. 
  • Train: take the train to the Central Station. From there, it's a four-minute walk. 

More about Cinematek

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 1 room of 40 seats 
  • Faculties: LW, ES, IR 

Description

Cinematek, also known as the Royal Belgian Film Archive, is a bicultural institution founded in 1938. The institution manages an impressive collection of films of historical, aesthetic and technical value and makes this collection accessible to the public. Cinematek's methods focus on the aesthetic and take the scientific as its starting point, a vision that is fully in line with the ideology of the VUB. Every year, VUB professor of Film Studies Kevin Smets takes his students to visit the Royal Film Archive. 

More about Cinematek? Take a look at cinematek.be

Close to Cinematek

  • Next to Cinematek, you wil find Bozar, the Centre for Fine Arts. 
  • Looking for a nice lunch spot? Then take a walk through the Ravenstein Gallery that connects the Central Station with Bozar. 
  • Behind Bozar, just a short walk from the Central Station, you will find Warandepark, an ideal spot to have a nice picnic or get some fresh air after class. 
  • Pay a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Besides an extensive collection of instruments, the MIM also has a rooftop terrace with a restaurant that offers a great view of Brussels. 
  • Not a lot of time, but in need of a coffee or something sweet? Coffee bar Mug Coffee is the place you’re looking for. This coffee bar is located near Cinematek and the Central Station. 
  • If you have a larger budget, you can make a stop at Les Filles, the restaurant in the BELvue museum. After having visited the exhibition, you can enjoy fresh, organic and artisanal food in the garden of the museum. 
  • A visit to Cinematek itself is definitely worth it as well. The film archive organises screenings of old films at a low price. Not only do you get the chance to immerse yourself in the past, you also support this unique Brussels institution by attending a screening. 

KVS: how to get there

Address

Arduinkaai 7, 1000 Brussels

Public transport

  • Metro: 
    • Take metro line 2 or 6 and get off at stop IJzer. After that you have to walk another five minutes to KVS. 
    • Take metro line 1 or 5 and get off at Sint-Katelijne. Walk another seven minutes. 
  • Tram: take tram line 51 and get off at IJzer. 
  • Bus: take bus lines 47, 58 and 88 and get off at IJzer. 
  • Train: take the train to the Central Station. From there you have to walk another thirteen minutes. 

More about KVS

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 
    • Classroom ‘Top’: 40 seats 
    • Classroom ‘Brazza’: 20 seats 
  • Faculty: LW 

Description

KVS is Brussel’s Flemish city theatre and a loyal partner of the VUB and weKONEKT.brussels. You might know KVS from Mindblowers, the opening event of the academic and cultural year during which the KVS and VUB join forces. Mindblowers is focused entirely on science and art and the social involvement of Brussels institutions. After all, we cannot build the society of the future on the basis of our own right, instead, we want to build it on the basis of dialogue and a search for connections. 

Our university lays the emphasis on plurality, interculturality and inclusion, three values KVS holds dear as well. Moreover, both institutions are committed to creating a strong and resilient Brussels. 

Want to know more about KVS? Take a look at kvs.be.

Close to KVS

  • KVS is located in one of Brussels' nicest neighbourhoods, just a few steps away from the impressive Dansaertstraat
  • For a quick snack you can go to Carrefour Express or Färm at Vismarkt, about an eight-minute walking from KVS. 
  • Looking for refreshment in hot weather? A stop at ice-cream shop Gaston will definitely be worth it. 
  • Café Velvet is the place to be for a good coffee in a cozy setting. 

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Bozar: how to get there

Address

Koningsstraat 10, 1000 Brussels

Public transport

  • Metro: take metro line 1 or 5 and get off at the Central Station or Park stop. From both stops, you have to walk about six minutes to Bozar. 
  • Tramway: take tram line 92 or 94 and get off at Paleizen. From there, it is a six-minute walk to Bozar. 
  • Bus: take bus lines 27, 29, 34, 38, 63, 65, 66, 71, 71N or 95 and get off at Bozar. 
  • Train: take the train to the Central Station. From there, you have to walk another seven minutes to Bozar.

More about Bozar

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 1 room of 28 seats 
  • Faculty: IR

Description

In recent years, the VUB and the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) have developed a close partnership. The VUB generally organises its academic openings at the centre and the VUB and Bozar work together closely on Difference Day and Crosstalks. Bozar has been the operating base of the Brussels City Campus since 2017. Furthermore, Paul Dujardin, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Bozar, is a proud VUB Fellow. 

Bozar has a rich artistic cultural offer. Every day you can enjoy a varied programme of architecture, film, concerts, theatre, dance, debates,… 

Want to know more about Bozar? Take a look at bozar.be.

Close to Bozar

  • Looking for a nice lunch spot? The Ravensteing Gallery is the place to be. This gallery connects the Central Station with Bozar. 
  • Behind Bozar, just a short walk from the Central Station, you will find Warandepark, the ideal spot to have a nice picnic or get some fresh air after class. 
  • Visit the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located just around the corner. Besides an extensive collection of instruments, the MIM also has a rooftop terrace and a restaurant that offers a great view over Brussels. 
  • Not a lot of time, but in need of a coffee or something sweet? Then make sure to drop by Mug Coffee, a coffee bar located diagonally across from Bozar. 
  • If you have a larger budget, you can make a stop at Les Filles, the restaurant in the BELvue museum. After you visited the exhibition, you can enjoy fresh, organic and artisanal food in the garden of the museum.

CIVA: how to get there

Address

Kluisstraat 55, 1050 Elsene

Public transport

  • Tram: take tram line 81 and get off at Baljuw. From there, you have to walk another three minutes to CIVA. 
  • Bus: 
    • Bus line 54 takes you to stop Baljuw, just a three-minute walk away from CIVA. 
    • Take bus line 71 and get off at the Museum of Elsene. From there, you have to walk three more minutes. 
    • Bus lines 38, 59 and 60 take you to stop Flagey, only a four-minute walk away from CIVA. 

More about CIVA

Information sheet

  • Rooms: 
    • Room 1: 10 seats 
    • Auditorium: 40 seats 
  • Faculty: IR 

Description

CIVA is not only a museum, but also an archive centrespecialised library and publishing house dedicated to architecture from the 19th to the 21st century. VUB and CIVA have been working together for a long time. The work of VUB Architecture students was exhibited in the museum in 2014. In addition, CIVA also highlighted the restoration of the VUB Braem building, better known as building M. The museum restored the official model in their studio. 

CIVA does not exclusively focus on architecture and art, but also organises educational projects and camps for children. The museum's special focus on Brussels ensures a particularly successful collaboration with the VUB. 

Want to know more about CIVA? Take a look at civa.brussels

Close to CIVA

  • In less than a five-minute walk from CIVA you'll come across the concept store L’Atelier en Ville. There you cannot only buy nice furniture, but also enjoy sandwiches and sweet snacks in a cozy setting. 
  • Prefer a quick snack on the go? Delhaize Flagey is just a four-minute walk away from the museum.