Accommodation search in Rotterdam requires proper planning. Here are some tips to guide you.
Rotterdam, which is the Netherlands' second biggest city, is very conducive to expatriation due to its impressive dynamism. Being the country's industrial hub, it has been attracting professionals from across the globe for many years. In fact, Rotterdam offers numerous opportunities at all levels to qualified professionals. To date, Rotterdam's population amounts to some 618,000 inhabitants within a metropolitan area of 1.2 million people, including a large number of foreigners.
If you also wish to settle there, take the time to inquire on its different neighborhoods and types of accommodation which are available. This should be quite easy has Rotterdam offers a range of housing units for all tastes.
Rotterdam is known to be an international city although it was destroyed during the Second World War. It is especially popular for its historical architecture and its rich cultural heritage. Moreover, local authorities have taken a series of measures to give a new look to the region.
In short, Rotterdam is divided into several districts, namely Centrum, Kralingen - Crooswijk, Prins Alexander, Hillegersberg - Schiebroek, Delftshaven, Noord, Overschie, Hoek van Holland, Pernis, Charlois, Feijenoord, Hoogvliet IJsselmonde and Rozenburg. These, in turn, consist of different neighborhoods. The most popular neighborhoods are the following:
- the city center, featuring Stadsdriehoek which is particularly famous for its historical architecture dating from the 1900s, as well as for its modernization which is demonstrated by its new apartments and villas. The CS Kwartier, for its part, hosts one of the region's main ports, museums, shops, restaurants, higher education institutes, etc.
- Kralingen, which is found in the East of the city center, is a popular student area. But you can also find upscale areas consisting of modern apartments and luxurious villas which are surrounded by a lake and many recreational areas.
- Kop van Zuid, which is found in Feijenoord, is a posh neighborhood on the Nieuw Maas' south bank. This neighborhood is ideal for expatriates as it hosts modern apartments as well as renovated lofts. However, rent prices can be very high in this region.
- Vasteland, Scheepvaartkwartier, Nieuwe Werk, are also considered as posh neighborhoods. You are likely to find luxury apartments and beautiful renovated lofts there. These are surrounded by museums, high-standing restaurants and green spaces which you can enjoy during your leisure time. Note, however, that rent prices will be relatively more expensive than in other neighborhoods.
- Hillegersberg is also very popular with the Dutch and expatriates. It offers modern and luxurious housing options. This neighborhood is quite close to the city center and accessible by the public transport network. You will also find some international schools there.
- Oude Westen, Ommoord, Zevenkamp, Prinsenland, for their part, offer more affordable rent prices in a multicultural, peaceful and quiet environment. These neighborhoods also host various pubs, cafes, restaurants, theaters, etc. Ommoord and Zevenkamp are particularly ideal for families with children as these include children playgrounds, as well as shopping centers.
Finally, Schiebroek, Blijdorp, Hillegersberg and Prins Alexander are also becoming more and more popular due to development.
Rent prices in Rotterdam generally vary according to different neighborhoods, types of housing and comfort level. For instance, you will need an average of € 697, 17 to rent a single-bedroom apartment in the city center and an average of € 620 to rent the same type of apartment in the city outskirts.
If you prefer to rent a three bedroom apartment in the city center, you will need average of € 1,200 per month. For the same type of apartment in the city outskirts, you will need around € 925 per month.
Internet will probably be your main tool during your accommodation search if you have not yet moved to the Netherlands. You can thus inquire on the types of housing units which are available in Rotterdam and on rent prices. But you can also check out classified ads in local newspapers or register with a real estate agency.