Accommodations in Brussels fill up quickly, especially during the week. The EU Parliament attracts Europe’s elite and the pricey, bougie hotels that come with them. Most student-friendly accommodations are located slightly north of the Grand Place and are within walking distance of Lower Town. This is definitely where you want to stay if there is availability, especially if you’re only in Brussels for a short period. Hotels will get more expensive in Upper Town, and the neighborhoods will generally get more unsafe for solo travelers the further south you get; try to avoid staying in the Marolles in the south or north of Botanique if possible.
*Metro: Rogier. Follow bd d’Anvers and turn left onto bd Emile Jacqmain. Linens included. Towels available for rent. Max. 6 people per group. Free Wi-Fi. Computers available. Dorms €21-29; singles €50-55. ~ Reception 7am-1pm and 4-10pm. www.2go4.be
Hotel de France
*Metro: Gare du Midi. At the big intersection with the overpass, Hotel de France is on the northwest side of the tram tracks; turn left onto bd Jamar, and the hotel is on the right. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast €5. Singles €49-69; doubles €59-79. Reception 24hr. Check-in noon. www.hotel-de-france.be
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*Metro: Botanique. Head south along rue Royale, then turn left up rue de la Sablonnière, which leads to rue de Nord on the right. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Singles €40-70. Reception daily 7am-11pm.
Résidence Les Ecrins
*Metro: Ste-Catherine. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast included. Singles €50, “standard” €85; doubles €60/95; triples €110; quads €125; suites €135. Reception 8am-10pm. www.lesecrins.com
*Metro: Simonis (Leopold II). The hostel is down the street from the Godiva chocolate factory. Breakfast and linens included. Free Wi-Fi and computer use. Dorms €21-27. www.hello-hostel.eu
*Metro: Ste-Catherine. Free Wi-Fi. A/C. Breakfast included. Pets allowed. Jacuzzi baths in some rooms. Gold Card available for return customers free of charge; guarantees at least €10 off the next visit. Family room available for up to 8 people; call for rates. Singles €95; doubles €135, deluxe €155; suites €240. Discounted rates in July and Aug and when occupancies are low. Reception 7am-11pm. www.brusselswelcomehotel.be
*Metro: Rogier. Follow rue Neuve and turn left onto rue de la Blanchisserie. Rue du Damier is on your right. Breakfast and linens included. Towels available for rent. Wi-Fi €1 per 30min. Computer use free. Dorms €20-24; singles €36; doubles €54. ~ Reception 24hr. Lockout 11am-3pm. www.sleepwell.be
*Metro: Botanique. Head south down rue Royale (away from Botanique) and take the 1st left. Breakfast and linens included. Reserve 4 weeks in advance. Free Wi-Fi and computer access. 6- to 8-bed dorms €21; 3- to 5-bed dorms €23; singles €36. Over age 25 add €2. ~ Reception daily 7am-midnight. Lockout 10am-3pm. www.laj.be
*Metro: Gare Central. Head west along bd de l’Empereur. Bruegel is opposite the skate park. Linens included. Free Wi-Fi. 3- to 4-bed dorms €20; singles €32. More expensive for over age 25. ~ Reception daily 7-10am and 2pm-1am. Lockout 10am-2pm. www.youthhostels.be
Vincent Van Gogh Center-Chab
*Metro: Botanique. Head north along rue Royale, past La Botanique, then turn right onto rue Traversière. Main building and reception are on the right; another building with dorms is located across the street. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and linens included. Ages 18-35 only. Max. stay 7 days. 8- to 10-bed dorms €19.50; 6-bed dorms €21.50; 4-bed dorms €23; 3-bed dorms €29; singles €35; doubles €54-56. ~ Reception 24hr. Check-in 2pm. Check-out 10am. www.chab.be