Cars

With such a good public transport infrastructure in the city, we advise you not to bring your car to Rotterdam, where a parking permit is very expensive. However, you might sometimes need or want to hire a car. With StudentCar, you can rent a car by the hour and pick up the car from Woudestein campus.

For traffic rules in the Netherlands, see the traffic regulations website of the Dutch government.

Anyone who wishes to drive a car in the Netherlands must be 18 years or older and must have a valid driving licence.

If you are staying in the Netherlands for a maximum of 3 months and you are not registered at any municipality in the Netherlands, your current driving license is valid.
If you stay longer than 3 months and you are registered at a Dutch municipality, your foreign driving license is only valid for 6 months. After 6 months you either have to exchange your foreign driving license for a Dutch driving license or take a new test for a Dutch driving license.

EU/EEA citizens and citizens from Taiwan, Israel, Japan, the States of Jersey (UK), the Isle of Mann (UK), Switzerland, Monaco and Singapore can exchange their driving license. Others have to apply for a Dutch driving license by taking a Versneld Bijzonder Examen (VBE) (i.e. Driving Test with Priority). Consult the Yellow Pages for a good driving school.

Please bear in mind that obtaining a Dutch driving license can take a few months. For further information, please check the following website: http://www.cbr.nl/ (only in Dutch).