How can I reduce costs during my exchange?

How can I reduce costs during my exchange?

The following information may also help 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 Sanders building, and on DUO’s website: . 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. 

If you have any questions, please send an 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 his scholarship.


The websites and of Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for international co-operation in higher education) are for students, researchers and staff looking for grants, scholarships and funds for a study, work placement or research abroad. Also check out

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The ISIC card allows students worldwide to prove their official student status to gain access to student benefits and discounts across nearly 130 countries. The services go far beyond travel alone. ISIC cardholders benefit from the more than 42,000 products, services or experiences in every stage and area of student life, including entertainment, software, travel, food, museums, educational courses and sports activities. For more information: