Living in or visiting Rotterdam? Information and useful links for students, locals and tourists.
Information about Rotterdam
From its beginnings as a fishing village in the 13th century, Rotterdam has evolved into the second largest Dutch city and home to one of the largest ports in the world.
Much of Rotterdam's centre was destroyed during World War II. However, the city was reborn as a hotspot for modern architecture, with a towering skyline that is always changing and several of the country's most innovative buildings.
A popular saying among Rotterdammers goes "Money is earned in Rotterdam, divided in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam," reflecting Rotterdam's traditional view of itself as a no-nonsense workers' city.
Although Amsterdam is generally viewed as the cultural capital of the Netherlands, besides modern architecture Rotterdam also boasts one of the Netherlands' finest museums, the Boijmans van Beuningen, as well as a bustling contemporary art scene.
The city is also host to several major events and festivals, including the Zomercarnaval (Summercarnaval), which is the second-largest Caribbean carnival in Europe, as well as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Motel Mozaique, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Studying in Rotterdam
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is an organisation dedicated to helping international students acclimate to life in Rotterdam. ESN aims to do this through social events, academic events, and a comprehensive student guide about various aspects of living in Rotterdam.