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Living in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is hot and happening! The city has a lot to offer: the largest port in Europe, an impressive skyline and a good rapid transit system, remarkable architecture, a wealth of arts and culture and a wide range of festivals - plus restaurants and shops in abundance.

Rotterdam offers all kinds of ‘hidden gems’ - although occasionally, it will take you some time to uncover them. The more you explore and get to know Rotterdam, the more the city will reward you.

Every year, Rotterdam’s world-renowned museums Boijmans van Beuningen, Maritiem museum Rotterdam, NAI and Kunsthal draw many thousands of visitors. And Rotterdam’s numerous small-scale institutions and galleries make the city a fertile breeding ground for interesting cultural initiatives. More and more of them can be found in North Rotterdam. Check out to get a good idea of what’s going on.

Do you like the theatre? Then why not pay a visit to Luxor or Rotterdamse Schouwburg. In February, the city is overrun with thousands of Dutch and foreign film aficionados during International Film Festival Rotterdam. Would you like to do some art or photography of your own? Check out the programme of courses offered by Stichting Kunstzinnige Vorming Rotterdam (SKVR).

Rotterdam is big on events. The city is host to a large number of public festivals, like its famous Zomercarnaval. More into pub-crawling? You can find fun and interesting pubs throughout the city. Most student cafés are found on Oostzeedijk, Meent, Witte de Withstraat (de Witte Aap), Binnenweg and along Oude Haven – the latter’s a good place to catch some rays in the summer, incidentally. Prefer to dance? Then look for a bar with a dance floor, like Beurs, - located right behind Stadhuisplein - or clubs like Club Vie, Level andSorbonne. Of course, Rotterdam also offers enough trendy hotspots for live music performances: Bird near Hofbogen, for example, or Rotown on Nieuwe Binnenweg.

You can grab a film at any number of places. Near Witte de Withstraat, for example, you can watch the latest releases in Cinerama, Cinerama’s small but cosy auditorium. Are cult films more your cup of tea? Then venture over to LantarenVenster on Wilhelminapier.

Rotterdam has no lack of sports clubs – many of which have been especially set up for students. Most of these clubs have strong ties with Erasmus Universiteit.

Of course, to get some exercise, you can also go to the gym. And as a student, you often qualify for a student’s discount. Don’t forget to ask your educational institution about opportunities to get a student discount through them. Kralingse Plas is a popular area with joggers.

On top of that, Rotterdam also has various major annual athletics events. At the start of the year, the city hosts the ABN Amro Rotterdam World tournament. In April, the streets are lined with spectators for the famous Rotterdam Marathon, while horse lovers have the time of their life at the Netherlands’ biggest outdoor equestrian event CHIO.

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