Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven, often shortened to UZ Leuven, is an academic hospital in Leuven, Belgium, associated with the university KU Leuven. It consists of five campuses as of 2016; Gasthuisberg, Lubbeek, Pellenberg, Sint-Pieter and Sint-Rafaël.[1][2]

Universitaire ziekenhuizen Leuven
University Hospitals Leuven Gasthuisberg.jpg
A view of Campus Gasthuisberg
LocationLeuven, Flemish Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°52′49″N 4°41′44″E / 50.8804°N 4.6955°E / 50.8804; 4.6955
Care systemPublic
Hospital typeTeaching hospital
Affiliated universityKU Leuven
(as Sint-Pietersziekenhuis)
ListsHospitals in Belgium

The hospital has 1,995 beds and over 9,000 employees.[1]


Campus GasthuisbergEdit

Literally translated 'guest house hill' (gasthuis is also an unofficial Flemish word for hospital), its name has become synonymous with UZ Leuven. It is the biggest and most well known of all the campuses. It houses many facilities of the university among which research laboratories, auditoria of the faculty of medicine and faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, a manual procedures training center, a library and a student restaurant. Aside from the KU Leuven, the UCLL (University Colleges Leuven Limburg) also has teaching facilities on the Gasthuisberg campus where nursing and computer sciences are taught.

Still expanding, this campus is known for being almost permanently under construction since the start of its construction in the early 1970s.

Campus LubbeekEdit

Located in Lubbeek, about 11 km from the city center, it is the furthest from the city of all campuses.

Campus PellenbergEdit

Campus Pellenberg is located in the district of Pellenberg, about 8 km from the city center of Leuven. It is located in a more rural area and is most known for being a recovery clinic.

As of 2017, UZ Leuven is relocating several services from the Pellenberg campus to the main campus, Gasthuisberg.

Campus Sint-PieterEdit

Sint-Pieter (Saint-Peter) is the oldest campus dating back to the year 1080. It is located in the city center.

However, plans were made to cease all operations and move them to the Gasthuisberg campus. Demolition of the buildings is scheduled for the end of 2018, depending on how quickly the medical departments can be relocated.

Campus Sint-RafaëlEdit

Sint-Rafaël (Saint-Raphael) is located next to campus Sint-Pieter within the inner city of Leuven. There are some older auditoria and laboratories which are still in use. The human dissections of the faculty of medicine take place here.


  • 1080: Sint-Pietersziekenhuis (Saint-Peter's Hospital) is built.
  • 1426: Courses are taught at the Saint-Peter's Hospital.
  • 1836: The city of Leuven and the university decide to build a new Saint-Peter's Hospital.
  • 1928: The university builds the Saint-Rafael campus. This is the official start of UZ Leuven.
  • 1945: Partially destroyed after the Second world war, a new hospital is built.
  • 1958: Sanatorium Saint Barbara in Pellenberg, for the treatment of tuberculosis, is now part of UZ Leuven.
  • 1970: After the split of the university into a French- and a Dutch-speaking part, UZ Leuven in its current structure is founded, accommodating the new, autonomous Dutch-speaking faculty of medicine. While the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven takes over the infrastructures in Leuven, French-speaking staff and faculty leave the city and move to the newly built UCLouvain Brussels Woluwe campus in Brussels, where the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc are built.
  • 1971: A site just outside the city, known as Gasthuisberg, is found to be the ideal location for a new campus for the university hospital.
  • 1975: Phase I of the new project, a pediatrics department, is now in use.
  • 1980: Phase II adds capacity and an emergency room, gynecology, maternity, internal medicine and surgery department.
  • 1989: the start of phase III. Some departments from Pellenberg and Sint-Rafaël are moved to Gasthuisberg. The Centrum voor Menselijke Erfelijkheid (CME, center for human genetics) is now housed in Gasthuisberg together with other laboratories.
  • 2001: A phase IV project should move remaining departments from Sint-Pieter to Gasthuisberg.


  1. ^ a b "Over UZ Leuven" (in Dutch). UZ Leuven. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "University Hospitals Leuven". Health Care Belgium. Retrieved 22 April 2016.