Meet a Member: Hilal Sefsaf

By Aymeraude Bouteloup Published 05/02/2019

Could you give us a little brief about yourself ? Where do you come from? What’s your background?

My name is Hilal, I am 26 years old, I come from Lyon in France. I studied law in different places:  in Lyon, Aix en Provence and Toulouse. I have down a 6-month end-of-study internship in Manila (Philipines) in French wine Import, as their wine is not their strong point there (laugh). I was happy to come to Bruxelles but I miss the Philippines weather! And now I am doing a VIE as a compliance officer in Euler Hermes.

What kind of accommodation were you looking for before your arrival and how did you choose Cohabs?

Honestly, I wanted to live in a shared flat or house directly because I didn’t know anyone in Brussels. During my research, I visited 3 classic collocations and the funny thing is, I only saw a picture of the Cinema room of Botanique before visiting it! I did not expect this house, this design and as they were a lot of men they wanted a girl so it was perfect timing!

How would you describe your roommates?

Since I am here, I have always been surprised by my roommates. At first sight, you think that you don’t have the affinity and then as you live, talk, make activities with them, you really enjoy being with my roommates. Thanks to this community life, I met people that I wouldn’t have met outside Cohabs and my roommates turn out to be great friends. They are amazing and we have a lot of fun.

Let’s imagine you’re 35 years old, you come back to Brussels to live here. Would you prefer living alone in your own flat or sharing a house with some young professionals?

It wouldn’t mind going back to share a house with professionals, maybe in a smaller house with fewer roommates! Actually, it would depend on whether I’m in a relationship and if my friends are in Brussels. If I come back to Brussels with no one, I wouldn’t be against living in a Cohabs X.

Are you enjoying your life in Brussels? What’s your favorite place and Why?

Yes, I love Brussels, I even started dancing the Lindy hop and sometimes my roommates come to see me dancing! Each Sunday, my roommates and I have our little rituals to go to the “Marché des Tanneurs”. Then we go to the “Atelier en Ville” which is a concept store with different parts. It is fun because they make custom tables, wooden-movie-posters, and you are able to have coffee on their coffee corner or do some shopping in their clothing store corner. We really love these places and I can’t see a Sunday without an organic market!

Tell us a fun fact about your house?

Well, we try to make the most games together. One day, one of our roommate who worked at Google had suggested a game without telling us more. The following night we were coming home from work and on the dining table, there were envelopes with plastic guns and a person’s name that we have to killed fictively. The rule was that people should “kill” the person written on the paper without witness, so basically, we had to only be 2 in the room. From that moment everyone was scared and even when we went to the laundry we would go to 3 people (laugh). This game lasted for a week and a half and at the final, I’ve lost.

Would you recommend Cohabs to a friend? Why?

Of course! Most of my friend who spends the weekend in Brussels always ask me why this concept does not exist in Paris, how jealous they are! I recommend 100% just to meet people, be part of a community and learn from everyone!

About the author Young french expat doing a marketing internship in Brussels.

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