Expat Rotterdam

Home to one of the world’s biggest ports and some of the Netherlands’ biggest companies, Rotterdam is a thriving, modern city. The Expats in Rotterdam website lists local information sources, social clubs, blogs and service providers to help you make the most of your stay.

Local advice and information
City council expat desk
Rotterdam marketing
AngloINFO South Holland
Wikipedia on Rotterdam

Rotterdam Housing
Rental housing
Perfect Housing, expat rentals
Rotterdam Expat
Expat Housing Rotterdam
Classic Apartments
Rotterdam Apartments

Health care
Tandarts Rotterdam

Learning Dutch in Rotterdam
ITHA Dutch Language Institute
Language Partners
Tornate Trainingen
De Taalvraag
CBE Languages
Conform Makelaars

Het Steigertje

Lawyer in Rotterdam
Smeet Gijbels

Rotterdam tax advice
Van Noort Gassler & Co

Local blogs

St Mary’s Anglican & Episcopal

Relocation Resources

Rotterdam International Secondary School WvB
American International School of Rotterdam
The Japanese School

Social and networking clubs
Expat Republic Rotterdam
American Women’s Club of Rotterdam
The International Women’s Club of Rotterdam (Pickwick Club)
American-Netherlands Club of Rotterdam
In Touch
Rotterdam People
Australian and New Zealand Club

Expat football

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The website Expat Rotterdam aims to provide expats with a quick and easy reference guide to local information providers and services which cater to the city’s international residents.

Photos from Holland.com
The website published by Dutch News BV

About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the third most popular city for expats in the Netherlands but is the second biggest city in the country and one of the biggest ports in the world. With its extensive road, rail and river network, Rotterdam is rightly called the Gateway to Europe.

The city has a population of some 620,000 people but the greater Rotterdam area has a population of some 1.3 million. It is divided into two by the Nieuwe Maas river. Although the city centre is situated in the northern part, the De Kop van Zuid development south of the river is now being called Manhattan on the Maas because of its innovative architecture. Large parts of the city are below sea level.

Expat Rotterdam

The Rotterdam expat desk is operated by the city council to help people who move to the city find their feet. Rotterdam expats can go for help with paperwork and the website provides a wealth of information to help people settle in. This includes listings of Rotterdam expat services. There are many agencies to help with Rotterdam rental housing and lots of language schools in Rotterdam as well. Rotterdam also has several international schools and childcare groups which are happy to accept non-Dutch speaking children. You will also be able to find lawyers and financial advisors in Rotterdam who specialise in helping internationals.

Brief History

The history of Rotterdam can be raced back to around 900 AD, and takes its name from a stream known as the Rotta – from ‘rot’, meaning muddy and ‘a’, meaning water. A dam on the Rotta, constructed in around 1260, gave the fledgling settlement its name. Rotterdam was granted city rights in 1340, when it had around 2,000 inhabitants.
The port of Rotterdam went on to grow and develop and was one of the six chambers of the Dutch East India Company. By the late 1800s, the city and harbour began to expand on the south bank and in 1898, the city was home to the tallest office building in Europe – the Witte Huis skyscraper which was 45 metres tall.
Hitler’s bombing of Rotterdam after the World War II invasion of May 10 1940 led to the Dutch capitulation. Some 900 civilians were killed and 80,000 people lost their homes. The heart of the city was almost completely destroyed.
Since then the city has developed a reputation for its innovative architecture.

Other Cities

Expats in Rotterdam has the following partner websites:

Expat Amstelveen http://www.expatamstelveen.com
Expats in Almere http://www.expatsinalmere.com
Expats in Amsterdam http://www.expatsinamsterdam.com
Expat Arnhem http://www.expatarnhem.com
Expat Breda http://www.expatbreda.com
Expats in Delft http://www.expatsindelft.com
Expats in Eindhoven http://www.expatsineindhoven.com
Expat Enschede http://www.expatenschede.com
Expats in Groningen http://www.expatsingroningen.com
Expats in Haarlem http://www.expatsinhaarlem.com
Expat Hilversum http://www.expathilversum.com
Expat Leeuwarden http://www.expatleeuwarden.com
Expats in Leiden http://www.expatsinleiden.com
Expats in Maastricht http://www.expatsinmaastricht.com
Expats in Nijmegen http://www.expatsinnijmegen.com
Expats in Rotterdam http://www.expatsinrotterdam.com
Expats in The Hague http://www.expatsinthehague.com
Expats in Tilburg http://www.expatsintilburg.com
Expats in Utrecht http://www.expatsinutrecht.com
Expat Wassenaar http://www.expatwassenaar.com


If you are looking to target expats in Rotterdam, you can make the most of your advertising budget by using the local Expat Rotterdam service. This allows you to target international workers and expats directly, without wasting your money on advertising on a national scale.

If you are a small firm in Rotterdam, the Expat Rotterdam service will help you to reach expats for as little as €2 a week.

Rotterdam law firms for expats, housing companies in Rotterdam, Rotterdam language schools, Rotterdam childcare services, Rotterdam relocation agencies, financial advisors and healthcare insurers can all benefit from the approach offered by Expat Rotterdam.

Expats also need other services which Rotterdam companies have to offer. Think Rotterdam car hire, plumbers, building companies and painting firms. Expat Rotterdam can help every sort of company reach the city’s international population.

Expat Rotterdam is operated by the Dutch News BV group.

Find out more about advertising your Rotterdam rental housing company, your Rotterdam language school or your Rotterdam lawyer practice by contacting advertising@dutchnews.nl