The Groot Begijnhof of Leuven is a town quarter, where single women (beguines) lived in a lay community (beguinage) from 13th until 20th century. The complex was bought in 1964 by the Catholic University of Leuven and restored in the following years. In 1998, thirteen beguinages from Flanders were added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Today the Groot Begijnhof is used to provide affordable accommodation for students and university guests.
The Groot Begijnhof is only 10 minutes walk from the city centre and half an hour walk from the Leuven Train Station.