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.

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Rotterdam has everything you need: culture, entertainment, sports, architecture, shopping and exciting events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet creative young professionals, and to develop yourself on a personal and professional level.


There’s a hands-on mentality and great entrepreneurial spirit among Rotterdam’s residents. Around 175 nationalities live side by side in the city, a diversity that is reflected in its urban life. From Rotterdam, you can easily explore other areas in the Netherlands and Europe depending on your time and budget.

Gateway to Europe

Our multicultural city is home to many multinational and local enterprises with a growing reputation as an international knowledge centre in areas including supply chain management and logistics. Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries, and is home to the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and ranked in the top 10 of largest ports in the world.

Vibrant urban life

Rotterdam is globally known for its progressive outlook, and the city is bursting with art, music, world-famous architecture, cinema, dance and theatre. The city hosts numerous annual festivals, concerts and sporting events. Rotterdam’s nightlife rivals that of Amsterdam with a hip and creative young scene filling restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. During the summer, you can enjoy the sun from a terrace or park with relaxing music and food, and great views of the river and the Rotterdam skyline.

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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.