How can I reduce costs during my exchange?

How can I reduce costs during my exchange?

The following information may also help to you to reduce your extra costs.

Subletting your room during your exchange

Subletting your room during your exchange period can reduce exchange costs, and using your room will help us to accommodate incoming exchange students.

There is always a shortage of rooms from September to December. Students who want to rent out their room temporarily can use the housing webpage: This webpage was developed to bring student accommodation supply and demand together; and it operates student-to-student, without using intermediaries.

You can also check out the Facebook group “RSM Exchange Students 2017-2018” and interact with international students coming to Rotterdam for their exchange who may want to rent your room. This page will be launched after the selection in 2016. If you sublet your room via HousingAnywhere, post the link to your room here on Facebook.

Student grants and loans & reimbursement of OV student card

Dutch students will continue to receive student grants and loans while abroad. Students who receive a student grant from DUO and who take components of their Dutch university studies abroad are entitled to receive approximately ¤ 100 per month instead of their OV student card. Leisure travel time before or after your exchange programme is not calculated in this period. To receive timely reimbursement you should submit your request to DUO at least two months before departure. Request forms are available at the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC) in the E-building, and on DUO’s The International Office of RSM can sign this form.

ERASMUS+ (Formerly known as Lifelong Learning / Erasmus Programme)

The new European education programme is called Erasmus+: The EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is the successor of the Life Long Learning Programme. This programme financially supports students who will be exchanged to universities in any EU and EEA/EFTA country. Students can not send in an application for this grant individually. Therefore, after the exchange selection, the International Office makes sure that the Department of Student Affairs/Internationalisation (responsible for the administration of the Erasmus+ programme) receives a list of all selected students eligible for this grant. The Department of Student Affairs will inform those students how to proceed with their application for the Erasmus+ programme grant.

Part of the Learning Agreement consists of filling in the courses you would like to attend at the partner school. The International Office of RSM will need to sign for this. Please make sure that you get RSM’s approval for these courses by sending us your conversion proposal first. Only then will we sign the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement. (only in Dutch)
If you have any questions, please send email to

A.A. Van Beek Fund Scholarship

Students who have been enrolled at the Erasmus University Rotterdam for at least two years can apply for this scholarship. Information and application forms can be found here: and

The International Office’s letter of confirmation is sent to you after selection, and can serve as evidence that your exchange period counts towards your degree at RSM. This proof is necessary for the application for this scholarship.