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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Rotterdam?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rotterdam, they said:

"Collect as much information ahead of time about where you are going. Come over for a scout around prior to the move. Rotterdam is a lesser know city for expatriates but they are here and active on forums," added another expat who made the move to Rotterdam.

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How do I find a place to live in Rotterdam?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"My husband was lucky enough to bump into another colleague who was relocating to Australia at the time we needed a house. Hey presto, we had a house. We shipped all our furnitre and possessions over and lived at IKEA for the first 6 monts. He had a look around at the suburbs when he came ahead of our move and decided on this one as it was quiet with lots of trees," added another expat in Rotterdam.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Rotterdam?

"We live in a 3 story terraced house in quiet neighbourhood. This seems to be quite typical for the expats I know," mentioned another expat in Rotterdam.

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What should I bring when moving to Rotterdam?

People living in Rotterdam were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Converter plugs. Our situation was different as we were posted here through my husband's company, so our moving, housing, etc were easier. We were lucky to meet many people who helped us out. However, now Rotterdam has it's own website which may be useful to viewers/users of this site. See www.yourrotterdam.com. It is a comprehensive guide on how to settle in here - housing, schooling, leisure, medical, procedures and more. They also have a Rotterdam forum," mentioned another expat in Rotterdam.

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What are the schools in Rotterdam like?

"My son has had a very good experience during the last three years spent in this school, He has really enjoyed going to school every day and is much more self-confident compared to when we arrived. Teachers and professionals working here really take care of the students and help them to maximize their potential. Students are required to work in class (individually or in small groups) and have weekly homework on a regular basis. Each student of MS and HS has a laptop to be used for assignments. Classes are quite small and the atmosphere is friendly. The learning support department provides for precious specific assistance if needed," remarked another expat living in Rotterdam with children attending American International School of Rotterdam .

"We consciously left the French Educational System to experience something less exclusively academic, where self-development was as important as academic development. The children benefit from a great level of attention from the teachers because of the small class size and they are continuously encouraged to come out of their shell. From an academic performance level, it is difficult to compare; my kids are now perfectly fluent in English and I had my eldest son (Grade 8) take a French Maths test for comparison purposes and he did very well. He was a good student before and still is! If you are looking for a school that pushes your kids to the max on a performance basis, probably you might find better suited schools, but if you want your kids to come out of their shell, gain self-confidence and a sense of belonging, I would strongly recommend AISR," said another expat in Rotterdam with children at American International School of Rotterdam.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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