Louvain-la-Neuve is the youngest city in Belgium. This university town, 30 km south of Brussels, was built as a planned city in the late 1960s to house the university when the French-speaking university left Leuven. It is a fully pedestrian city (cars and trains pass under the city), friendly to international visitors, with many restaurants, shops, pubs and other facilities.
The Socrates Auditoriums are a modern and conveniently located group of conference halls and lecture rooms, in the very centre of the city, next to the Grand-Place. The train and bus stations, as well as shops, cafés and restaurants, are all within a 5-minute walk. Facilities within the buildings include study rooms, computer labs, various open spaces to organize coffee breaks and poster sessions, and both humanities and social sciences libraries.