Study in Rotterdam

Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

Rotterdam: Make it happen

You need the card to participate in exams, and borrow books in the library. You will only receive it once you have finished your registration (e.g. payment of tuition fees) and if you have already filled out a Dutch address in Studielink. If you have not yet changed the address in your home country to your Dutch address, the faculty will let you know where you can pick up your student card.

Yes, we do. All students to whom this applies, will automatically receive further information from our International Officer.

You can find out more about housing on this page. All international students who are invited to join the programme, will receive a detailed email from our International Officer with information about housing.

It is advisable to arrive in Rotterdam well in time for the first lectures. Introductions such as ESN and the EUReka week are planned for mid-August and are a nice way to get settled before classes start.

Our city is our laboratory

With its huge port, famously multicultural population, and many multinational companies, Rotterdam – the Netherlands’ second biggest city – is an environment full of real-life cases, relevant data and research partners. Thanks to its international train station and local airport, Rotterdam is also an excellent base from which to explore Europe. English is an unofficial second language here and nearly everyone you meet is happy to speak English with you, even off-campus.

Our main campus is located in the east of Rotterdam, while the Erasmus Medical Centre and Erasmus University College are right in the city centre. You can count on safe and convenient metros, trams, buses, and trains to get around, but you’ll find that students most often make their way by bike.

A city to discover

Rotterdam is a young, dynamic metropolis which keeps developing rapidly. Sparkling skyscrapers, an impressive port, hip restaurants and food markets, renowned museums, special attractions and awesome festivals are the direct result of the can do mentality of the people of Rotterdam. Rotterdam is considered the most modern city of the Netherlands. Atypical in its own country, internationally renowned for its passion for innovation and its unpolished charms.


If you would like to, you could join student and study associations. Next to it being a lot of fun, the associations also help you with studying and you end up building a huge network! There's also a lot to experience on our campus: at the new theatre at the Erasmus Paviljoen you will often find debates and concerts. Great relaxation next to the studying.


Rowing at Skadi, dancing at Erasmus Dance Society or playing soccer at Antibarbari: Erasmus Sports' associations make sure you'll stay in shape! In the new sportcentre on campus you can basically practice any sports you would like! Top athletes are also at the right address here. Erasmus Sports helps you with making a fitting studyprogramme. 


The Eurekaweek marks the start of your student time in Rotterdam. In four days you get to know the student life, and the university! You'll go to a party (or two) at one of the student associations, go on a City Tour and explore Rotterdam's culture. Most people you'll befriend will be even before you start classes in September. 


You'll definitely be able to find a good student room in Rotterdam. A lot of 'traditional' student accommodation is in the great neighbourhood, Kralingen. However, you'll also be able to find housing a bit closer to the University! Getting to the campus is really easy with the bike or tram. Through student associations, fellow students and Vestia Rotterdam Stadswonen you will be able to find housing more easily.

Welcome to our tough, lively, diverse and ever-changing city.

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