Unfortunally, housing on- campus will not be on offer for GLOCAL students in Rotterdam. Students will need to find a room or alternative housing arrangements in Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) highly recommends that GLOCAL students should start their housing search early on, because it can be difficult to find a room over the Summer holiday. Sometimes outgoing exchange students from EUR are willing to swap rooms with incoming students. This option is also worth checking. Some practical advice is included in the sections below:
Short stay furnished accommodation – international students:
The short stay accommodation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam is run by the housing office called SSH. They have 4 dorms with furnished rooms you can choose from. You can rent one of these rooms for a maximum of one year. Prices for short stay accommodation range between € 510 and € 590 including services (water, electricity, internet, taxes etc).
Two dorms are off-campus, only 10 minutes walking from the university:
For Full year students only:
- Erasmus International House: Private bedroom, shared bathroom/kitchen (2 persons)
For Full year and semester students:
Two dorms are on-campus, for both Full year and semester students:
- Hatta Building: Private bedroom, shared bathroom/kitchen (3 persons)
- F-Building: Private bedroom and kitchen, shared bathroom (6 persons)
What you need to know when you search a room in the private market:
1) Read through the Housing website of the EUR, so you know the ins and outs of finding accommodation;
2) A good help in looking for accommodation, are the sources found on Accommodation Providers
3) Use social media. Try linking to people that have connections in Rotterdam;
4) If you end up renting a room on the private market, carefully read the section on Legal Aspects to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
5) Make sure you understand your tenancy agreement and the terms of notice. Make any necessary payments in advance, but be aware of landlords who ask you to wire money to a “Money Transfer Agent” (such as Western Union or GWK), because they could be frauds. Money should always be transferred to a Dutch bank account. But rest assured: problems of this kind are rare.
6) Let the landlord know exactly when you will be arriving in Rotterdam and arrange a time for picking up the key.
7) Find out beforehand how to get to your new digs from the airport or train station (public transport planner) – you won’t be the first one to get lost on their first day in Rotterdam.
More information on legal aspects is available at: http://www.eur.nl/english/campus_facilities/facilities/housing/legal_aspects/
Registering at City Hall/ Municipality:
International students who will be living in the Netherlands for more than 4 months you are obliged to register at the City Hall in the town in which you are living. After registration, you will receive your citizen service number (BSN-number).
If you prefer to register at the City at another date, please make an appointment through the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Students will then have to bring the following documents:
- Registration form (see website)
- Valid Passport or valid identity card
- A rental contract and a tenancy agreement
- Dutch residence permit (non- EU/EEA students only)
- Birth certificate
For an more information about the registration for an appointment and the required documents, please see: http://www.eur.nl/english/essc/welcome/upon_arrival/cityhall/