A city to discover

Study in Rotterdam

Get to know the city of Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands. Learn about student life, study associations, student housing, city life and fun things to do in Rotterdam. Also: find out if Rotterdam is affordable for you, where exactly it is located and if you will fit in in the (student) community. 

10 things you should know about Rotterdam

If you don’t know anything about our city, here’s a good place to start:

A city for city-lovers

Think modern and urban, not windmills and canals.

Not too big, not too small

700,000 people; that makes us the biggest city in the Netherlands next to Amsterdam

Easy to get around

International and multi-cultural

Rotterdam is a metropolitan city, a true melting pot with approximately 175 nationalities.

Exotic shops and eateries can be found everywhere.

We’re easy to find – and easy to use as a homebase

You can get to London, Paris, Brussels, or Dusseldorf in less than three hours


You’ll have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t speak English

English is an unofficial second language in the Netherlands, and Rotterdam is no exception

It’s easy to get around by bike, tram, metro, bus, and water taxi

A silver lining of Rotterdam’s history is that the city was redeveloped carefully

Getting around

Sports and culture

Rotterdam is home to three professional voetbal teams and the largest pop-up art scene after Berlin.


Students feel safe on campus and around the city

About safety

Rotterdam’s history


More about Rotterdam

"Erasmus feels like home now."


Kamilla Dajani is originally from Jordan and studies International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics. Rotterdam has become like home to her.

Licorice, cabaret and herring for international students

Press release

Thursday 24th January our new international students were officially welcomed at the Erasmus Paviljoen.

Want to learn a new language?


Get trained by a native fellow student

5 hidden examples of Rotterdam as a smart city


The smart city is all around us. While that sounds like big brother’s watching, it’s actually about the integration of ICT, internet and technology in a city’s assets.

10 Rotterdam parks you just have to visit


Why miss out on the beautiful parks that Rotterdam has to offer? Here are 10 of them to get you started.