Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam
Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University, the information below especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad. Arranging your stay
As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives.
The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.
For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodations. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ for the first 12 months of their study (it is not possible to rent a room for less than 12 months). After 12 months you have to find accommodation by yourself. The SSH Accommodation is not available for partners or family of the student.
Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students
The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe Molen, Overhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained) and located at Struisenburgdwarsstraat in the district of Kralingen, This district offers everything that a student needs: the Erasmus University, little shops and typical student pubs are around the corner. The centre of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos are just a stone’s throw away. In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website. Please not that rental prices are re-indexed every year.
When am I eligible to register for a room at the SSH ?
You can register for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes.
When and how can I register for a room at the SSH?
Monday 19 April 2021 onwards 00:00 AM CET (Earlier registrations won't be approved)
Go to SHH* and fill in:
Your educational institution: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Type of Resident: EUR Full Year Student (12 months: 15 August 2021 - 14 August 2022)
When and how can I reserve a room at the SSH?
You can reserve a room and only see all the available rooms once your registration has been approved by the RSM. The approval proces takes place onwards Monday 26 April 12:00 PM CET. Important information about approvals:
We know from experience that there are more registrations than the number of available SSH rooms (SSH housing is limited). RSM has approx. 135 rooms available to be divided among MSc and BSc students from EU countries and NON EU countries. A fair distribution will be made under the students. So we kindly ask you to wait patiently for your approval. It could be that your registration can not be approved because there are no sufficient rooms available, even when you have registered on 19 April 2021.
You may still see rooms available on the SSH website, these rooms are meant for other programmes/faculties at the RSM/ Erasmus University.
Please note that we offer more housing possibilities like:
Select and reserve a room
Log in to My SSH to reserve a room within 7 days*:
* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this period you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation).
SSH will handle the whole process – from making a room reservation to payments. For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site www.sshxl.nl/en. Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl
Staying longer than 1 year?
For students staying in the Netherlands for at least 3 years (BScIBA students), Stadswonen Rotterdam lets over 6,000 good-quality, affordable rooms, studios and flats to students and people starting out on the Rotterdam’s housing market. The (unfurnished) rooms they offer are appointed to a tenant based on the longest registration period. As soon as you’ve registered, you will start building up your registration period (inschrijfduur). And the longer you are registered with Stadswonen, the better your chances are of quickly finding a room, studio or flat. At this moment the registration period to make change of finding a room is average 8 months. You can register as early as 17, so don’t wait too long!
Xior Building is a student building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building upholds 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Registration & Reservation opens on:
- Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 12.00 PM CET
RSM is not in charge for the rental of these rooms and is only for students coming from abroad. Your registration for the RSM will be checked by the Real Estate Services Department of the Erasmus University. All your questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fizz Cobana In 2019 The FIZZ opened a brand new building on Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a vibrant part of Rotterdam with a central location. The FIZZ Cobana has a variety of Friends apartments. This unique concept is a great way to share living space of your apartment, but still have all the privacy you want with your own bedroom. As a student of the Erasmus you will have a possibility to live with other Erasmus students in a Friends apartment. It’s a perfect blend of privacy and sociability, whenever you want it.
The Erasmus University has reserved for its International students 44 rooms divided over 20 apartments. 16 of them are for two persons and 4 for three persons.
Housing Anywhere is a housing platform where people can rent out rooms to international students. It is a global platform where demand & supply of rooms for international students meet each other. Housing Anywhere offers a Secure Booking Service and has a Customer Care Team to help students book a room safely.
RoomPlaza offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers.
Kamernet is the largest online platform in the Netherlands that is specifically focused on bringing together the supply and demand of housing; such as rooms, studios and apartments. Tenants and landlords can get in touch and roommates can meet a new roommate. Kamernet does not own these homes. Registered users have direct contact with each other.
The Student Hotel – a hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar (booked by week, month, 1 or 2 semesters).
Stadwonen Rotterdam - Stadwonen Rotterdam own 6.000 rooms, furnished and unfurnished.
Rotterdam2stay – especially for students who want to live on their own. Have your own clean bathroom, personal kitchen and appliances. The living space offer comfort and privacy at an attractive price, which becomes even better with housing allowance.
Additional information on the above mentioned housing providers, and many more, are listed on the Erasmus University Housing pages.
Hostels in Rotterdam
Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.
King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.
Hostel ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.
Hostel Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.
As tenancy agreements are often only provided in Dutch (huurovereenkomst), we recommend you to view the additional information on this topic provided on the Erasmus University website. There you can also find information on Dutch housing terms, and other information on how to arrange your stay and other useful tips, for example on how not to get scammed.