Practical Information & need to know
Prior and upon arrival in Rotterdam
This section 'Practical Information & Need' to know is constantly being updated by the central International Office of our university. It provides incoming students with all practical information prior to and upon arrival in Rotterdam.
Furthermore the EUR International Office organizes so-called "One stop shops" to help you arranging a Dutch bank account, registration at the City Hall, arranging an insurance etc. on one day at the beginning of each full term. Als Erasmus Student Network-Rotterdam can be of great help prior to arrival, on their website you can find video's on how to find housing, arrange insurance, how to buy you ESN-card (lots of reductions), and all tips and tricks to make your life easier during your exchange.
See also, and for other practical information: EUR Orientation
Below a small selection of our campus facilities are given,
for ALL facilities or services on campus, see also : Campus facilities
Erasmus Food Plaza: At this plaza, several restaurants are located. One can buy breakfast, lunch, coffees and/or other snacks or sweets. It is located in Sanders Building.
Erasmus Pavilion: This place serves food & drinks such as soups, hot sandwiches, homemade pizzas, burgers, hot and cold drinks.
“De Smitse”: The largest student bar in the Netherlands.
Studium Generale, Erasmus Culture: Studium Generale organizes scientific, social and cultural programmes throughout the year for students of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The programme consist of lectures and debates, monthly talk shows, cultural and scientific events and a wide range of cultural courses and performances.
University Library : The library has several functions: meeting, studying and working together.
Erasmus Sports & Sports Building : Exchange students with an ESN-card can buy a sports card at a reduced prize. Erasmus Sport offers an extensive sports program throughout the academic year. With the Erasmus Sport pass you get unlimited access to all parts of the bodyfit program and the squash courts. You can also upgrade your pass to make use of the fitness facilities.
Studystore : At this store you can buy (secondhand) books and other school supplies.
Canon Copyshop : At this shop, located in the Polak Building, you can print, copy and scan in the self-service corner.
Supermarket on campus : On Woudestein campus there is a small supermarket for your first necessities.
Repair shop campus bikes: The shop to have your bike repaired is located in the Polak Building.
About Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
RSM our campus : take a virtual tour and check out some of the facilities
RSM Store: to buy your RSM gifts
Visa & Immigration
Once nominated by their home university, our visiting Bachelor or Master exchange students will receive a so-called Welcome Mail from our International Office. In addition to all other relevant information (courses, accommodation), this Welcome Mail informs students also on the online exchange application procedure, but moreover also information whether they need:
- an entry visa
- Dutch residence permit
- a Short Stay Schengen Visa (non EU/EEA, valid less than 90 days)
- or none
NO entry visa and/or Dutch residence permit required, if: Incoming exchange students who have the EU/EEA nationality.
Students coming from outside EU/EEA countries and studying at RSM for 90 days or more:
- Check the following website to see which situation applies to you and which document you need: Visa checklist
- Please note that a visa is not the same as a Dutch residence permit, so which document(s) do you need? Check the EUR immigration page for more detailed information.
Students who do need an entry visa or Dutch residence, the RSM International Office and EUR Immigration Department help!:
- In order for our International Office to help you with your entry visa/Dutch residence permit, students must make sure that they complete their online exchange application in time. The completed exchange application is needed to obain your student EUR student number and email account, but more important, to start your visa/residence permit procedures.
- Deadlines to submit your exchange applications are: May 15 for Fall and May October 15 for Spring. After these dates no smooth processing of visa/residence permit applications and approvals can be guaranteed.
- Once your exchange application has been aprroved of, our International Office can start your immigration procedure meaning they will automatically enroll you at the Immigration Department at Erasmus University (EUR).
- The Immigration Department at EUR will send you further instructions to start your entry visa/Dutch residence permit application. These instructions will be sent to your EUR email account!!!
- Once your entry visa / Dutch residence permit has been approved of by the IND (the Dutch immigration and Naturalization Services) you can start preparing all travel arrangements.
All students who need an entry visa and/or Dutch esidence permit need to pay an immigration fee of € 192 euro and show proof of sufficient financial resources (living fee) of + € 950 euro per month.
Please not that the amount for the living fee of approximately € 3800,00 needs to be paid in advance, a rule which has been implemented by the IND. Upon arrival and once the student has opened his/her Dutch bank account, this living fee will be reimbursed to the student within 2 weeks. More information can be found on the EUR website. And strongly recommended: bring some cash or have access to your current bank account in order to pay for the first costs (rent, deposit etc.)
- First contact for students who need an entry visa and/or Dutch residence permit is Ms. Sofie van Hattem (Junior Exchange Officer, RSM International Office), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- After the student has started his/her entry visa/Dutch residence permit application, students can contact the EUR Immigration Department, email: email@example.com
As you will be living in the Netherlands for an extended period of time you are strongly recommended to open a Dutch bank account in the Netherlands, especially for students who have applied for a visa/residence permit, a Dutch bank account is the only way to which their refund (proof of solvency) can be transferred to.
Opening a Dutch bank account can be done at several banks, see also this website
As soon as your exchange at RSM has started and as soon as you have opened a bank account, you can send an email to our immigration department: firstname.lastname@example.org They will further inform you on how your financial means deposit / immigration fee can be refunded.
Although the immigration department will do their utmost to process your refund as soon as possible, this process may take up some time. It is therefore strongly recommended to bring enough financial means with you to overcome the first weeks of your stay (advised amount: € 1.500,- euro to cover for rent, deposits, etc.).
you will receive an e-mail which includes a refund form from our immigration department. Complete the form and attach the requested annexes (Dutch bank card and/or confirmation letter and payment of deposit). In general it takes about two weeks for the payments to be processed and the money can only be transferred back into a Dutch bank account.
On this site one can find a rough estimation of costs during your exchange in Rotterdam. Not included in this overview are costs for travelling to Rotterdam and our introduction activities (€ 55, only once, beginning of each full term). Of course, all costs depend on your own life style!
On this webpage one can find information about scholarships and grants, mostly for full-time students, but you never know! RSM does not provide exchange students with grants or scholarships.
Insurance & Health
Insurance for international students
You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Next to being obliged, you also don't want to be surprised by having to pay for an unforeseen issue yourself.
Make sure you are sufficiently insured for:
- Medical expenses - including any pre-existing conditions you may have;
- Third-party liability insurance;
- Fire and home furnishing insurance - if you will be living in student accommodation.
EUR recommends the following Dutch provider of insurance packages for students, as the coverage meets all the legal requirements in the Netherlands:
This company offers insurance packages for international students, covering medical expenses, extra-ordinary costs, legal aid, accidents, mental health, liability, and lost baggage and household goods coverage.
Other information on insurances can be found here
During your time in Rotterdam, you might feel the need to talk to someone other than friends or you might need medical assistance. In Rotterdam there are many places you can turn to for help and assistance.
On this website contacts and addresses can be found, for example for psychological help, dentist, doctor or hospital.
International students are also welcome at Jans Huisartsen Rotterdam Kralingen (close to campus), but students need to register first, how?
We welcome all exchange students in Rotterdam, the city that never sleeps!
Finding accommodation in this dynamic city can be a real bottleneck, for this reason and on this site, students can find information on ways to increase a successful search.
First advice: start in time with looking for accommodation!!!
Second advice: be aware of scammers!!!!
SHH is student accommodation provider which only allocates a limited number of rooms on campus or nearby for exchange students at RSM. Our International Office will make sure that all students are informed on how and when to enter the SHH registration system. Registration in this system does not mean that students are automatically allocated at a SHH room. The rooms are allocated on a first come first erved basis and students outside Europe have priority. Once registered, students have to wait for approval of the RSM International Office and once approved, SHH will send the room offer. Students have one week to accept the offer and to transfer the deposit.
The minimum period of renting is 4 months and rental period is on a full month's basis, e.g. 1st January to 30th June. Only in the Autumn period the starting date can deviate, e.g. 26 August to 31 December.
For other accommodation options
- Accommodation for international students
- The Social Hub
Check Facebook RSM Exchange Students 2022-2023
Check Facebook ESN-Rotterdam Housing
We strongly advise students to read the terms and conditions very carefully before signing any rental agreement contract as the RSM is not to be hold responsible for any accommodation contract.
Find your roommate!
Since temporary accommodation for short term students can be difficult to find, the International Office strongly recommends that students combine forces and look for accommodation together with 2 or 3 fellow students. From experience we know that 2 or 3 bedroom apartments are easier to find in the housing market than one bedroom apartments. To find roommates you can always make use of our Facebook page: RSM Exchange Students 2023-2024
Youth hostels/Student hotel:
If a student cannot enter her/his accommodation before a specific date and he/she needs a place to stay beforehand, please see below a list of recommended youth hostels:
Prior to arrival in the Netherlands, students are strongly recommended to get in touch with their Exchange Ambassador (buddy). This person might be of help in organizing you a smooth arrival. Students arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can book tickets for the Intercity Direct train already near the luggage belt. This train, which runs every half an hour, brings you to Rotterdam in nearly 30 minutes.
For all other arrivals, the Netherlands and Rotterdam have an excellent public transport system.
Goin Exchange Lite App
If you want to know who is also travelling from your country, city or university to our business school/university, you can use the Goin Exchange Lite App. To have access to this platform a special code is needed. If you want to make use of this app, please contact our International Office, email: email@example.com The code is only provided with students who are registered as international student for one of our exchange programmes.
Studying at RSM for one block is a challenging yet exciting experience. Thanks to all the help and support from exchange program manager, my buddy and awesome classmates, the transition was fun and easy which allowed me to have more time to explore RSM and Rotterdam in depth. Supply chain management is a phenomenal topic here that I was really able to acquire knowledge and experimental experience in this area. ESN offers great support for living in Rotterdam and organizes amazing fun events.
I am glad that I pursued the short-term exchange opportunity at RSM. The short-term exchange enabled me to not only experience business and culture in Europe but also be back in US for spending the last module and graduation ceremony with my classmates. The school's wide variety of electives gave me flexibility to travel around Europe and also pursue an internship in Netherlands without compromising on the academic experience.
My initial impression of Rotterdam was definitely a positive one, as I felt thoroughly welcomed and embraced by the Dutch culture. The city holds a unique charm that is both serene yet exciting - the perfect blend of both worlds. As an exchange student, I found the activities arranged by RSM to be very informative, helpful and fun, which made adjusting to life here that much easier. The marketing courses offered at RSM are of substantial quality, and will definitely add value to the overall educational experience.
I had a wonderful time participating in the RSM exchange program. It is the most well organized program that I had ever participated in. A very warm welcome by pick up service from the airport, an arrangement of accommodation, Buddy program and VISA application service are very generous programs that help me start up living in Rotterdam smoothly.
All the professors are very kind and eager to support me. Study at RSM also gives me an opportunity to explore Europe very easily. The exchange students usually organize a trip together every weekend. Only four months, I have cover most of Europe.
Deciding to come on exchange to RSM was one of the best decisions of my life. You really do meet people from all around the world and all walks of life. Classes are interesting and challenging, often emphasizing group work and offering practical opportunities to work with real-life clients. As an exchange student, you also have the time to explore the city of Rotterdam and the Netherlands, and to travel to other countries around Europe. I have made many new friendships this semester and have really opened my eyes to what the world has to offer.
Rotterdam School of Management was my first choice to study abroad and I arrived with high expectations. After finishing my semester I can only confirm that RSM perfectly met my expectations and even went beyond. The high level of the education, the professionalism and kindness of the teachers and all the outstanding events collaborated to my personal development. Rotterdam is a nice and comfortable city to live in when you are an exchange student: you can easily reach your friends in just few minutes by bike, enjoy the multicultural environment and the nature offered by the city.
Flying thousands miles away from your comfort zone seems like a big decision. And that’s what I did. Coming to Rotterdam and studying at RSM will definitely ‘shock’ you with lots of experiences and values you might never imagined. The differences and the diversity ‘force’ you to see things differently. You are expected to see the world as a whole part and deal with it. Anyway, it has never been a bad decision to make. So, make yours!