Welcome to Rotterdam, the Netherlands!
Living in such a multicultural city like Rotterdam will make your study abroad experience truly enriching. Most people speak English and are happy to help. Besides that, its location makes it very easy to travel to other countries in Europe. Moreover, the country itself has a very good infrastructure, with good connections between main cities and within them. As any other Dutch city, Rotterdam is very bike-friendly, which can make your daily transition quite enjoyable.
Founded mid 13th century, Rotterdam officially became a city in 1340 and it evolved from just a fishermen village into a renowned international centre of trade and industry with 600.000 citizens. After being devastated by bombings at the beginning of World War II, the city was not only rebuilt, but reinvented. A new structure dictated also the new modern identity and the pioneering spirit of the city. "Make it happen" is the vision that supports the growth of this fantastic city, illustrated by the fusion between the port, the city of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University.
Rotterdam is an inspiration for urban planners, with many bold landmarks and out-of-the-box initiatives. Places like the new Central Station, Luchtsingel, the Stormsurge barrier, the daring creations of Rem Koolhaas or Winy Maas will give you just enough courage to bend the boundaries of "what has been done" and make your own urban statement.
Besides, life in the big city is fun. There are many events to attend, formal and informal open lectures, workshops, public debates and gatherings on almost any topic. Rotterdam is packed with art spots, museums, galleries and many restaurants, bars and cosy cafes. If you're not afraid of a bit of rain in the cold season, there are only exciting things in store for you!
What to do when in Rotterdam? You can explore the wonderful museums, starting with the National Architecture Institute or the photography museum. You can do your groceries in the award-winning Market Hall or go explore the view from the Euro Mast tower or the famous De Rotterdam building. You can get lost in the parks or go jogging on quiet alleys or relax in a cozy cafe, like the Le Nord or Parquiet. If you are searching for the old Dutch houses, head out to Delfshaven, the old neighbourhood in Rotterdam, with charming, traditional architecture or have a bike ride to the windmills of Kinderdijk.
Rotterdam is a city of multitudes, with a bit of everything for everyone. So get your explorer goggles on and get to know what it has to offer! Do you want to read more and check out main attractions? Visit the official website of Rotterdam!
Erasmus University campus life
The Woudestein campus is located in a green area, in the Eastern part of the city. Home to over 24,000 students, Erasmus University in an ongoing process of developing, building and transforming spaces, in order to create optimum studying conditions. Sustainability is a major focus and a guiding principle, reflected in almost any corner of the campus. You can read more about the construction phases here. To see how EUR encourages environmental sustainability by addressing mobility, watch this video! If you want to know how the university saves energy, click for the video!
Public spaces are friendly, green and you have access to a very generous Food Plaza and coffee corners. Wi-fi is available throughout the campus and the library space is just perfect for an intense cramming session. Click here to take a 3D tour of the Polak building - a multifunctional education space for teaching and studying.
Do you want to know more about the Woudestein campus? Check out all the facilities, events and things to do here!
Settling in & finding housing
Moving abroad is a tough job, but it's also an exciting new adventure. To make sure you face this challenge fully prepared, you can access a few online resources that will help you along the way. Below you can find tips on how to search for a place to rent, what neighbourhoods are like, some practical information related to your arrival and stay and also legal advice related to renting a place.