How much does renting cost in Rotterdam?
In the center of Rotterdam, the price per square meter exceeded €20 for the first time since the third quarter of 2018. New tenants paid €20.51 per square meter, which is 7.1% more than a year ago. The largest percentage price increase was measured in Rotterdam Delfshaven (€18.43), where the price per square meter increased by 13.2% compared to last year. In the neighborhoods of Prins-Alexander (+3.6%) and IJsselmonde (+0.6%), the price per square meter is around fifteen euros. New tenants paid respectively €15.21 and €15.02 per square meter per month.
How renting in Rotterdam works
If your move to Rotterdam is permanent, an interesting (yet difficult option) is WoonnetRijnmond. This platform is particularly helpful for finding affordable social as well as private (free sector) housing both in and around the Rotterdam region. This includes neighbouring municipalities like Barendrecht, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Bergschenhoek and Schiedam among others. There are approximately 24 housing corporations that actively promote their inventory on this website. However, the problem with WoonnetRijnmond is that the waiting lists tend to be extremely long. If you think you might stay in Rotterdam for a long time, it doesn't hurt to register. The longer you're registered, the better your odds. So think of it as a longterm plan to secure your second or third apartment.
On the other hand, WoonnetRijnmond also offers housing inventory for which only people who meet the requirements of the 'Rotterdamwet' may apply. The Rotterdamwet is a law that gives preference to certain target groups. For example, Rotterdam-based students, civil servants and industrial labourers (who work in Schiedam) who are under the age of 30.
About short-stay. If you're only in Rotterdam for work, renting a short-stay apartment is very efficient as they come fully furnished and charge you per day instead of per month.
With some real estate agencies, you can sign up with them for free. They'll send you notifications of possible apartments and homes that fit your criteria. Other agencies may charge a small fee for the same service.
When you finally find your home most agencies ask for a deposit (borg) and a month's rent, when you move out, you will receive the deposit back, unless there is damage to the home that you did not fix yourself. Be sure the costs are within your calculations. In most cases, you are paying one month's rent, a deposit and a fee towards the agency.
Furnished or not?
Beware of slumlords in Rotterdam
What you need to be eligible to rent a home in Rotterdam
To make payments for your apartment or house it is handy to have an international banking account. If you live within the European Union this is very easy. If you are outside the European Union, you can always check with your bank if there are ways to make this type of transfer quicker and easier.
Rental allowance in Rotterdam
You'll only receive the rental allowance if you are over the age of 18 and are registered at (and renting) an independent accommodation; a room in a house doesn't count. If you're not from an EU country nor Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, a valid residence or work permit is required.
To see if you are eligible for rental allowance in the Netherlands, be sure to read the conditions on the tax authorities' website.
Getting that apartment in Rotterdam!
When an apartment does become available, let the landlord or agency know as soon as possible. The housing market is a very fast business, places can go very fast. If you email them it might be too late. Therefore, it is best to call the landlord or real estate agency by telephone right away. They will quickly arrange a viewing for you (and others). Sometimes, you might need to make a decision on the spot, so make sure you have all your papers and finances in order if you're really serious about getting that apartment.
After a smooth handover of the documents and paying the required deposit, they'll set a date for you to move in. After this the keys are yours!
How to find a room, apartment or house in Rotterdam
Rental platforms for easy searching
In summary, Funda is a good site for finding homes for a certain price, as is Pararius. The latter will ask for a small registration fee if you want to receive notifications, but this will help you find quality housing that is often better than what other sites offer. Also, the Pararius website is available in English and differentiates between longterm apartments and short-stay apartments whereas Funda does not. Other solid and expat-friendly options include Interhouse, HousingAnywhere, which has an Airbnb vibe and Rotterdam Apartments, which also has short stay apartments on offer.
Student housing in Rotterdam
But wait, there's more! One platform which is popular with students is Kamernet. The rooms and apartments on Kamernet are usually under 50m2 in size. If you're under 34 and studying or starting out careerwise, check out Stadswonen Rotterdam. Last but not least, check out XIOR. It's a student housing complex on the Erasmus University campus. Each of the aforementioned websites is available in English.