Skip to main content

As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in Brussels have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers. In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).

The books and films have been recommended by our readers and editors. Unless mentioned, most are available at booksellers or on line. If you have a recommendation we should add to this list, we'd love to hear it (contact us).

Useful Links and Information

AngloINFO Belgium- Really excellent resource for expats heading for --or already living in -- Belgium, with valuable no-frills listings of everything from dentists to plumbers, schools (basic info) to hair cuts, registering your car to tax problems as well as classifieds, discussions and details about what's on in your area. Useful directories, reliable information, intuitive site....goes exactly where it says it will, in exactly the country section where you'd expect to find it.


More Links about Brussels... - Official website for the city of Brussels. Important steps necessary for moving to the city (such as registering at the population service). Other extremely valuable like what to do with your garbage, how to set up a wireless internet connection, and where to go bar-hopping. - the official website for the promotion of tourism in Brussels. Area highlights, brochures, discounts, calendars, videos, and more. - Mostly more tourist information but they do have secret deals, weekly posts, a great newsletter, and you can make bookings directly through the site.

Books About Brussels

Live & Work in Brussels: The Most Accurate, Practical And Comprehensive Guide to Living and Working In Brussels - by Derek Blythe. An insider's view of how to get the most out of living and working in one of the most cosmopolitan, culturally diverse and stimulating cities in Europe. Brussels is a city of opportunities for the foreigner: well known as the home of the European Parliament and NATO, Brussels also hosts some 2,000 foreign companies and over 1,000 business conferences annually. This guide includes information about finding somewhere to live and the details of daily life, plus insights on the job market - how to find a job and what it is like to work there.

Secret Brussels - by Nicholas Van Beek. For residents as well as visitors who thought they knew all there is to know about this city, this book is full of surprises: a private museum devoted to plastic, a farm with sheep, goats, and turkeys at Place de l'Yser, Masonic secrets in the Parc de Bruxelles, a surrealistic trip in a lift, a homage to the military pigeon, potholing at Koekelberg basilica, a swimming pool with a panoramic view of the city, an immense vegetable garden at Uccle, an 19th century artist's studio at Schaerbeek, a camping ground in the heart of the Belgian capital, a forgotten garden-city at Forest... Brussels is full of unexpected features and curious sights that will amaze.

Brussels: The Art of Living - by Piet Verlinde. This elegant book offers an inside look at the art, decoration, and architecture behind the ornate interiors and magnificent gardens of Brussels.

The Rough Guide to Brussels 4 - by Martin Dunford. This guide covers a range of the city's highlights, from the top museums and Brussel’s handsome Art Nouveau building to venues where you can indulge the nation’s twin passions: beer and food. It contains easy-to-use maps and essential practical information, plus reviews for bars, shopping, entertainment, restaurants and hotels for every budget. Also describes day-trips to the neighbouring cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger - by Christopher Hitchens

Movies About Brussels


A Whole Night (1982). Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

Brussels by Night (1984). This is the story of a man who travels to Brussels, and meets some people with whom he spends a few days. When they all go on a daytrip to the "slanting plane" of Ronquieres, all sorts of bottled up frustrations flare up.

Manneken Pis (1995). A young man, having lost his familiy as a boy in an accident, comes to Brussels. There he falls in love with a girl who drives trams.

Related articles

  • Special educational needs

    Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.  Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield. Identifying different kinds of special educational needs Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome. Just as special needs are hard to…

  • The Good Schools Guide online subscription

    Find the best school for your child. One month subscription - £0.49 per day Three month subscription - £0.41 per day Six month subscription - £0.33 per day One year subscription - £0.29 per day Register for instant access to: ☑ Search for more than 30,000 schools in our parent friendly interactive directory. ☑ Create and save lists of schools via My Schools. ☑ Use our comparison grid to get an exam results overview of schools you are interested in. ☑ Find comprehensive advice on state and independent schools, tutors and special needs. ☑ Receive our monthly newsletter. For further…

  • Finding a state grammar school

    Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious. How to find a state grammar school Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston,…

  • Schools for children with performing arts talents

    As proud parents, we all know our children are unique. They're smarter than anyone else's, funnier, certainly more attractive, better behaved and above all bursting with the kind of talent that would leave Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Bell and Charlotte Church standing. And for some extraordinary - though totally understandable - reason, everyone but us seems blind to our offspring's God-given artistic gifts.

  • Education Consultants

    The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants advise parents on everything to do with children and their education  Our service is a personal one-to-one service. You tell us what you want and we tell you how we can help. And then we do! Our education consultants are our most experienced writers. They have visited countless schools. All are parents. You will have your own personal advisor who has the benefit of the combined experience and expertise of the entire team to draw on. All our consultants work as hard for the children of their clients as they do for their own.…

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews, data and catchment:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory.
 School exam results by subject and performance GCSE, A level or equivalent.
 Which schools pupils come from and go onto.
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools.
Comprehensive catchment maps for English state schools by year of entry.
School data comparison by results, relative success and popularity.
 Independent tutor company reviews.

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Is your child a future entrepreneur?


The fifth issue of Chalk & Chat, The Good Schools Guide’s exciting digital magazine, is out now.