It can be very overwhelming: a new city, a new study, a new environment. Then there are a lot of things that you have to arrange. appearance This week guides you through the new study city Rotterdam: What kind of city is this? Where do you go for entertainment or rest? Where do you meet many students?
“You either hate Rotterdam or you love it,” so sophomore accounting student Bass sums it up. He himself comes from Delft. He went straight to the rooms here when he went to study. In Rotterdam, he thinks, “Nothing is necessary and everything is permitted.” “You can walk down the street naked if you want, and no one will say anything about it.”
Big and spacious Rotterdam is very different from Delft, and it took a while before he felt at home. However, the ‘urban’ of Rotterdam suits Bass more than the ‘village’ of Delft: ‘When you go there, you meet everyone. There is nothing too crazy in Rotterdam and there is something for everyone’, he says.
Garden: A good place to meet students
He himself lives near the Museum Park and can be found regularly in Het Park – at the foot of the Euromast. Partly to cool off, and partly out of necessity: “My room turns into a sauna in the summer,” he laughs. Bass says Het Park is a good place to meet new students.
“There are many student housing blocks around the park,” he explains. “They all go out at night.” He often goes with one or more of his housemates – “anyone at home and relaxes and has a beer”—after a day’s work or study to cool off in Het Park. “You meet a lot of people there, and there’s always someone who knows someone else.”
“Kralingen is sometimes very college”
The answer to the question of what is the real student district of the city seems obvious. All passers-by say “Kralingen”. “But you have to love it,” Maxim, a human resource management student, says. “It’s a bit like a student, sometimes a lot,” says Maxim, who lived there for a while until she moved in with her friends. “I think there is something to the corporal,” she says, “but Kralingen is the domain of Erasmus University.”
Accounting student Bass doesn’t like it: “Physically too much” laughs. “When you stand there in the supermarket, you only see men with thick rugs on their necks, and girls with hair clips in their hair,” he laughs. Moreover, it is believed that there is not much to do in Kralingen if you are not a member of one of the two student societies located there – RSC/RVSV (Rotterdam Student Corps and its female variant, ed.) and Laurentius.
“Don’t stay in bed on Saturday”
Maxime recently moved to Blijdorp and can often be found in Vroesenpark. “Nice,” she thinks that place. “There are different types of people: students, young families, seniors, teens, and there’s always good music and atmosphere.” When she first moved to Rotterdam, she often took the Watertaxi: “It’s a cheap, fast way to get around, and you see a lot of the city.”
Her advice for new Rotterdamers: “Don’t stay in bed on Saturdays, but ride your bike! Just cycle without hopping. Then you get to know the city well and quickly.”
Relax in Rotte, Maas or Plas
Rotterdam can be very overwhelming if you’re from a relatively small city, like communications student Jamie from Deventer. “All those people, the metro, the hustle, the traffic rules that don’t apply to cyclists,” she laughs. “Let it sink in and let people guide you if you don’t know the city well, it creates a bond.”
If the crowds and crowds become too much for you, you can always escape: “A cycle along the roti or a tour of Crawlings Place works wonders.” Anyway, she likes to sit in Nieuwe Maas in the summer: ‘preferably in Willems- or Westerkade. Maasboulevard is also very beautiful, but then you get sucked into the exhaust fumes from the cars racing past.
Alternative scene and my love
The aforementioned “rough edge” of the city attracts many people from both inside and outside. Also a student of WdkA Lotte, who is originally from Zeeland. “I really like the alternative scene, it simply doesn’t exist in Zeeland,” she laughs.
She is supported by fellow student Tom, who comes from Lage Zwaluwe – on the other side of Hollands Diep. “I found out on 4 havo that I’m gay,” he says. My parents and friends had no problem with that. But look for a like-minded person,’ says Tom. “They are not here. Except for some dirty old people.
“Just walk somewhere”
And yes, he now enjoys “the freedom of the city”. Where does he think you should be? ‘Phrase!’ shout straight out – referring to the lbhti club in Westblaak where you can dance and where there are Drag Queen performances and participants can win €100 and champagne if they win the twerk-Competition.
What are Lotte’s favorite “alternative” places? “Poing on the Schiekade, Weelde at M4H outlets, and Containerbar in Noord.” According to her, the alternative landscape in Rotterdam in general has been growing and thriving in recent months. A tip for both students: just walk somewhere, have a drink, and look around.
Request a Rotterdam card
It pays for students (new) from Rotterdam to apply for a Rotterdam permit. As a student, you pay only six euros a year, and the card provides access to a wide range of museums and cultural institutions, but also gives you a (one-time) discount on McDonald’s menus or sports activities. From access to the White House rooftop to the free laser card: it’s endless. The name “Rotterdampas” is a bit misleading: there are also many activities outside Rotterdam that can be visited for free or at a high discount.
text: Rutger de Quay
Pictures: stock struggle
Clarification: Damien Janssen