Rotterdam 101

  • The CITY

    Rotterdam is a young, dynamic global city, continuously renewing itself at a rapid rate. Sparkling skyscrapers, an impressive port, trendy restaurants and food markets, renowned museums and awesome festivals are the direct result of the can-do mentality of the Rotterdammers. Add to that the many extraordinary attractions and city tours – by bike, bus, boat or on foot – and you understand why Rotterdam was voted Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.


    With its patchwork of architectural styles – is a must. Icons of the Nieuwe Bouwen era stand beside the typical reconstruction-architecture from the sixties, seventies and eighties. They clash cheerfully with the hypermodern landmarks that have been built in recent decennia: the Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam Central Station, De Rotterdam, the Timmerhuis and of course the Markthal.

  • The VIBE

    Rotterdam reinvented itself after the bombing of the Second World War. It broke with the past and chose modern architecture. The motto: light, air and space, was ground breaking for that time. Rotterdam still embraces experimentation: almost anything is possible. Here, you are constantly surprised by new initiatives: from a rooftop city farm to a music festival in the harbour, from an exclusive rooftop bar to a brewery in an old warehouse.

Key facts about Rotterdam


International Students in Rotterdam


Students Associations at RSM

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The time it takes you to reach Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht

What do when studying in Rotterdam

Visit the Netherlands

Even though smaller than many other European countries, the Netherlands has some beautiful cities to discover by max. 60 mins by train: The Hague, Delft, Leiden, Utrecht, Maastricht.

Eat at Markthal

Rotterdam houses an indoor food market the size of a large football pitch with around 100 food stalls and 20 shops and restaurants. Find out more.

Celebrate Kingsday

Be it in Rotterdam or Amsterdam, on April 27th- national holiday – dress up in orange and celebrate the King’s Birthday with music festivals, street performers and crazy rides on canal boats.

Visit the Keukenhof

As one of the largest flower gardens in the world, Keukenhof covers an area of 32 hectares and houses 7 million flower bulbs every year. Here you can see the famous Dutch tulips as well as shrubs and perennials.

Beer Tasting Experience

Beers are one of the Dutch specialties – so how about pub-crawling your way into a very Dutch evening? Some of the best-known breweries are: 1. Kaapse Brouwers – 2. Stadshaven Brouwerij – 3. Brouwerij Noordt – 4. Stadsbrouwerij De Pelgrim.

Useful Resources for YOU

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