Ghent is a city with a rich history and international appeal. A walk through Ghent's historic centre, where the Leie and Scheldt rivers meet, takes you on a journey through time. At the same time, the city continues to evolve, with emerging neighbourhoods such as Muide and Oude Dokken adding new energy and dynamism.

Copyright: Stad Gent Photo by Bas Bogaerts

The city centre, with its historical heritage, remains impressive even for those who walk through its streets every day. Here you will find imposing churches and cathedrals, but Ghent is not only special because of its past; the present is also vibrant. The city is home to a diverse range of cultural institutions, including Kunsthal Gent, S.M.A.K. (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) and MSK (Museum of Fine Arts), as well as STAM (City Museum), GUM (University Museum), several contemporary art galleries such as Herbert Foundation and KIOSK, as well as art centres such as Arts Centre Viernulvier and Campo.

Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, photo: Phoebe De Corte
Campo, photo: Michiel Devijver

There are also concert halls such as Ha Concerts, MIRY Concert Hall and De Centrale, as well as the touring music club Democrazy. There are also art house cinemas such as Sphinx and Studioskoop, festivals such as Film Fest Gent and Gent Jazz, and numerous jazz cafés. Small-scale but equally special initiatives include KASKcinema, Courtisane Festival and Different Class. All this makes for a plethora of performances, concerts and cultural events that fill the streets with music, art and encounters.

Kunsthal Gent, photo: Michiel De Cleene
Design Museum Gent, photo: Michiel De Cleene

The city is compact, allowing you to get everywhere quickly by bike or public transport. Students from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together here in an inclusive and open atmosphere. Numerous facilities and events are dedicated to students: low-cost meals, student clubs and parties, sports facilities, adapted care and job services, even places to get your bike repaired. There is a strong sense of community, reflected in local initiatives, neighbourhood meetings and residents' involvement in policy and social issues. Students are encouraged to participate in these activities and feel an integral part of the city and its vibrant culture, not just as a student, but as an essential member of the community.