All international and PhD Students who will be staying in Antwerp for more than 3 months have to apply for a residence permit upon arrival. This means you will be registered at the city of Antwerp. Please note that the average duration for obtaining your residence card is approximately two months. With a residence permit you can:
- Open a bank account
- Apply for a work permit
- Apply for a parking permit
- Get health insurance in Belgium
If you are employed at the University of Antwerp with a contract, or as an official you need to consult the International Staff Office website for the relevant procedure.