Life in the city

Life in the city

Choosing to study a master at RSM means immersing yourself in the Erasmus University student life, and the mercantile and cosmopolitan culture of the Netherlands.

Rotterdam by drone
Rotterdam by drone by Remco van Rijn
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Gateway to Europe

Within easy reach of the continent’s largest markets, Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries. It has unique access to continental Europe via the Nieuwe Maas River, a tributary of the Rhine River, and is home to the largest commercial port in Europe and the second largest in the world. This heritage of trade has left its legacy: Rotterdam is a multicultural city that is home to a host of multinational and local enterprises with a growing reputation as an international knowledge centre in areas including supply chain management and logistics.

Vibrant, daring and alive

Rotterdam has an outstanding reputation on a global level for its progressive outlook on many aspects of urban life from art, music and world-famous architecture to cinema, dance and theatre. Each year, Rotterdam hosts numerous festivals, concerts and sporting events including the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, the International Film Festival, Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival, and the exuberant Rotterdam Unlimited festival. Rotterdam’s nightlife rivals that of Amsterdam with a hip and creative young scene filling restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. During the summer, there are plenty of cafés with terraces and parks to enjoy the sun with relaxing music and food, and great views of the river and the Rotterdam skyline.

Feeling at home

The Dutch are known for their acceptance of diversity and their command of foreign languages. English is more widely spoken in the Netherlands than in any other country on the continent, making life for foreigners particularly easy. Today, around 175 nationalities live side by side in Rotterdam, a diversity that is reflected in urban life. Travelling to and from Rotterdam is also easy and affordable: there is an international airport, and a fast train to Paris from Rotterdam’s central station. A 40-minute drive takes you to Amsterdam, a 90-minute drive to Brussels, and a three-hour drive to France or Germany. With all these destinations on your doorstep, you will find there is plenty to explore during your time in Rotterdam.  

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An outdoor, sporting city

RSM offers many options for physical exercise and sports both on and off campus. The city of Rotterdam has great sports facilities for everyone at every level; for those who want to take part and for those preferring to remain a spectator. The city’s sporting credentials include national and international events all year round – a marathon, tennis, hockey, water sports and speed skating championships. It also boasts several world-class stadia dedicated to the most popular sport in the Netherlands, football. You can also take part in less typically Dutch sports and activities; cricket, baseball, yoga and golf among others.

Rotterdam can claim to be a great outdoor city too, with abundant parks, green spaces and a superb network of cycle routes linking it to open countryside. The emphasis on enabling everyone to getting around by bike has helped it to win the honour of hosting the ‘Grand Depart’ of the 2010 Tour De France cycle race. Looking ahead, Rotterdam aims to offer its world-class sporting facilities as a base for Olympians during their final preparations for the 2012 London Olympics – as the ‘Gateway to the Games’.