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7 December 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 11 | Studying In The University Libraries & Lokomotion Party

As exams are slowly creeping up on me, I've had to devote any free time to studying, so it's a bit of a shorter and uneventful post this week unfortunately! I spent the beginning of the week catching up with my assigned readings for constitutional law- the textbook is very dry and boring to read, but it had to be done.

I took a break from studying on Monday afternoon and shopped around Leuven for a winter jacket. I have two jackets here in Leuven, but was really after an everyday black jacket. Unfortunately, I had no joy and went to my friend's residence to watch a couple of movies in the evening.

I attended my 9am Criminal Law lecture as usual on Wednesday and met my friend who showed me around the main University library. I visited the main KU Leuven library in the Summer, but as I had missed the library tour during the orientation week, I've been a bit nervous to go there on my own. The library itself is absolutely stunning, it's almost more of a distraction studying there than in my room!

My culture card allows me to go up the University tower for a discounted price, so I'm hoping to take advantage of that soon as I think I'll be able to see a pretty good view of the whole of Leuven from there.

KU Leuven Universiteitsbibliotheek
After studying all morning, I had lunch with my friend at his residence's restaurant (Pauscollege). I believe the restaurant is affiliated with the other KU Leuven student restaurants, but I really don't like eating there. The dining hall itself isn't so nice and I had a dodgy looking pizza that day, so I won't be visiting again in a hurry!

We had a quick hot chocolate stop and I attended my Terrorism and Corporate Crime class. I then headed to the Law library to finish my reading for the day. I still can't decide which library I prefer studying in. I haven't quite got the hang of how the law library works yet and it seems to be filled with Belgian students, so I'm verging on studying in the main library more often at the moment.

My Thursday afternoon human rights lecture had been cancelled, so I walked into the centre of Leuven to buy my wristband for the Lokomotion party that evening. The wristband allowed for entry into 8 clubs for only 5 euros. After I had dinner with a friend, I met up with my law student friends and we all headed to the Musicafe. It was completely dead when we entered, so we made our way to ALMA 2 and surprisingly stayed there for the rest of the evening. I thought partying in a canteen was a bit of a strange concept, but it was actually one of the best parties I've been to in Leuven!

Friday was chilled and only consisted of my human rights lecture in the afternoon. On Saturday, I was supposed to meet my friend from Edinburgh, but plans were changed last minute so I headed into the centre anyway to have a look around the shops again.

Leuven is OK for shopping, but a lot of the shops are for older people or aren't really student budget friendly. I love having a look in H&M and Zara, but that's about as far as my shopping venture goes in Leuven. I love shopping in New Look and Forever 21 back in Scotland, so a trip to one of the bigger shopping cities in Belgium may soon be on the cards.

On Sunday, I caught up with all of my online lectures from Edinburgh University. I have to take a course called 'Advanced Legal Methods' this semester and, admittedly, I had been slacking on watching the lectures every week. It's definitely not the same as physically being in the lecture theatre and since I've been finding the course quite cumbersome, I've been neglecting watching the content. I spent a total of 8 hours watching the lectures and I'm finally all prepared(?) for the final assignment due on the 14th of December.

That's all for this week! I only have three full weeks left in Leuven before I fly back to Edinburgh for Christmas - how crazy is that?!

This week, my friend and I spontaneously decided to book a weekend away in Budapest next weekend before the mad exam rush starts soon. So, next week's post will be an interesting one for sure!


  1. I love this post Alix! I have a thing for old looking libraries like that because they remind me of Harry Potter. :) Wish we had one of those libraries where I live. Good luck with your exams!

    x Val from Valerie Randomness

    1. Thanks a lot, Val! Yes, the library here is beautiful. I'm very lucky!



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