Nice to Know

Nice to Know

Events & festivals in Rotterdam

Although Rotterdam is famous for its international business environment, immense harbour, art and architecture, the city has another side. Exciting events are organised throughout the year. From May to September, the Rotterdam Summer Festivals, fill the city with summer fun almost every weekend and often free of charge. Rotterdam’s cultural life continues throughout the winter months with art house films, art and museum exhibitions, rock, pop and classical concerts and theatre performances at venues throughout the city. All festival locations are easily accessible by bike, tram or metro.

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STAR - study association of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

With 6,500 members, including more than a 1,000 international students, STAR is the largest student ruled study association in Europe. STAR provides students the opportunity to get in contact with their fellow students, their study, and a broad range of companies. This is facilitated by the great amount of activities that are organised by numerous committees and Master Study Clubs. There are activities for both BA and IBA students in all phases of their study. The best known events are the STAR Management Week (SMW), The Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP), and the Erasmus Recruitment Days (ERD). 

To sum up, you will meet STAR during the full period of your studies; from the introduction weekend up until your graduation party!

Rotterdam Pass: lots of discounts!

There is always plenty to do in Rotterdam and with the Rotterdam Pass you can do many of these things for less, or even for free. You can buy it at the Rotterdam Central Library. For more information (the website is only available in Dutch):

An outdoor, sporting city

RSM offers many options for physical activities and sports both on campus (see website) 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 an spectator. The city’s sporting credentials include national and international events all year round, such as the Rotterdam Marathon and the championships in tennis, hockey, water sports and speed skating. It also boasts several worldclass stadiums dedicated to the most popular sport in the Netherlands: football. Rotterdam is also a great destination for lovers of the outdoors, with its abundant parks, green spaces and a superb network of cycle routes linking it to open countryside.

Shopping, supermarkets & markets

Rotterdam has several shopping centres. For an overview of available shopping centres in Rotterdam and China town Rotterdam, please visit
Opening hours shopping area city of Rotterdam:
Monday through Saterday: 09.30 - 17.30 (Friday evening till 21.00) 
Sundays: 12.00-17.00/18.00. 
Opening hours supermarkets: 
Monday through Saturday: 08.00 to 20.00/21.00/22.00
Most supermarkets are open on Sundays from 12.00 - 17.00.  

A SPAR supermarket is also located on campus.

Supermarkets close to Woudestein campus: Albert Heijn Oude Dijk 149 and Lusthofstraat 8 ( and Plus, De Esch, Rijnwaterstraat 35 (

Most late-night shops are daily opened from 16.00/17.00 to 01.00/02.00. The prices are higher than in regular shops or supermarkets.

Rotterdam has several open-air markets selling pastries, bread, vegetables, fish, flowers, exotic products, new and second-hand clothes. On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is market in the city of Rotterdam, address: Binnenrotte.

Market hall Rotterdam: The first indoor market in the Netherlands. Almost every large city has one: an indoor food market. A lively market hall which is bursting at the seams with fresh fish, warm bread, tender meat, countless different cheeses and freshly harvested vegetables.

Asian supermarkets

Wah Nam Hong: situated in the Market hall Rotterdam and Westkruiskade 4-6, Rotterdam

Amazing Oriental: Westkruiskade 28 and Parkhaven 21, Rotterdam

Laundry & dry cleaning

If you do not have a washing machine or dryer where you live, you can take your washing to a ‘wasserette’, called Wash & Go, located on the Campus on the groundfloor of the Polak Building, where there are coin-operated washing machines and dryers. There are also many dry cleaners (‘stomerij’) where you can take clothes that cannot be machine-washed.

Rotterdam central library (Bibliotheek Rotterdam) 

Rotterdam Central Library in the city centre (near metro station Blaak) has six floors and one million books over 24,000m2 of floor space. The Central Library is also a social and cultural information centre where you can read newspapers and magazines, see exhibitions and listen to music. You can borrow books, as well as cassettes, projection-slide series, films and DVDs. There are reading and study areas throughout the building where you are assured of complete silence. A special newspaper reading room has national newspapers plus a number of regional and international newspapers. Studying and obtaining information at the library is free of charge, but you will need to have a library subscription card if you want to borrow books or other materials.

Postal services

You can buy stamps, send packages by post, and upload credit of your public transport card (‘OV chipkaart’) at Post Offices located all over the city, often established in supermarkets or tobacco/book shops (Primera). PostNL, see Offices are open on weekdays and Saturdays, usually from 08:30 to 17.00.

Public traffic for international students

In the Netherlands you need an OV-chipkaart to travel around with the train, bus, metro and tram. Buying an OV-chipkaart and choosing a suitable subscription is a very complicated process, especially for international students. That is why ISIC created the ISIC/OV-chipkaart; a custom-made mobility card for international students. For more information click here.


For calls within the Netherlands you will find that all numbers from land - lines have an area code starting with 0 (010 for Rotterdam) and then a local number. Mobile phone numbers start with 06. Numbers beginning with 0800 are toll free; 0900 numbers are charged (per call or minute). Please note that most service numbers or call centers in the Netherlands will charge per-minute fees.

Power - electricity & gas

The Dutch energy market is competitive and many utility companies offer integrated services, providing gas and electricity. Customers can choose their own energy provider. Electricity is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 Hertz. If your device does not accept this, you will need a voltage converter.


Clean drinking water is available straight from the tap all over the country. The water companies, national government and provinces all contribute to the supply of clean water. Tax is charged for clean water and the consumer is charged for the amount of water used. In rental accommodation, the agent or landlord often handles water bills.


English is widely spoken in the cosmopolitan and business districts of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. You’ll have ample opportunities to learn Dutch at the Erasmus University  Language & Training Center.


In summer, fine, hot weather may last for some weeks but the weather may also be cool and unsettled. In winter, spells of cold weather lasting from a week to two months or more may cause rivers and canals to freeze but in mild winters this may not occur at all. Rainfall is well distributed over the year, but tends to fall on fewer days in summer and to be heavier. Average daily sunshine amounts range from two hours in January to between seven and eight hours in June. The average daily temperature in January is around 5˚C, and in June around 20˚C. Gales are quite frequent on the coast, particularly in autumn and winter. The flat countryside makes the Netherlands a windy place at all times of the year.

National Holidays

  •  1 January, New Year's Day: New Year's Day or 'Nieuwjaarsdag' on 1 January is a national holiday, and is preceded by what the Dutch call 'Old Year's Day' (Oudejaarsdag) rather than New Year's Eve. The entire two-day celebration period is often called 'Oud en Nieuw' ('Old and New').
  • April, Good Friday: 'Goede Vrijdag' the Friday before Easter is not a mandatory day off for commercial companies, but most governmental organisations give employees a day off work.
  • April, Easter: 'Pasen' is celebrated over two days; Sunday and the following Monday.
  • 27 April, King’s Day: 'Koningsdag' is celebrated on 27 April. It is a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of the King and national unity. You will notice people dress in orange, the color of the House of Orange-Nassau; this is sometimes called "orange craze".
  • 4-5 May, Remembrance of the Dead and Liberation Day: on the evening of 4 May the Dutch hold Remembrance of the Dead, 'Dodenherdenking', for those who fought and died during World War II, and for veterans in general. Throughout the country, two minutes of silence are observed at 20.00. Liberation Day, 'Bevrijdingsdag', is celebrated on 5 May to mark the end of occupation by Germany during World War II.
  • May, Ascension Day: 'Hemelvaartsdag' is celebrated with a national holiday 40 days after Easter.
  • May, Pentecost: 'Pinksteren' is celebrated with a national holiday seven weeks after Easter.
  • 5 December: Sinterklaas is not a public holiday but is a huge public celebration. Sinterklaas is a predecessor of Santa Claus who gives presents to children. Sinterklaas is also accompanied by characters called 'Piet'.
  • 25-26 December, Christmas: Christmas Day or 'Kerstmis' is celebrated over two days in The Netherlands as 'Eerste Kerstdag', the first day of Christmas and 'Tweede Kerstdag', the second day of Christmas (Boxing day) on 26 December.
  • 31 December, New Year's eve: people hold or attend parties to celebrate the end of the past year and welcome the New Year. Traditions in the Netherlands at this time of the year include eating deep-fried dough balls known as oliebollen with champagne. Many people and some organizations let off fireworks to mark the start of the New Year.