I spent 4 months in Rotterdam during an internship in an architectural office. For a foreigner like me, the city has left very positive impressions. The city is extremely famous for its modern architecture, making it unique in Europe, but also for the largest European port. Also, the city has an advanced public transportation system and is particularly emphasized by the huge network of cycling trails as well as a huge network of bicycle paths. So, how it is to live in Rotterdam?

Busy with ships on the river Maas, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Bigger salaries, along with career growth and greater quality of life

Local residents will always appreciate the diligence and hard work. They have an extremely working mentality. During a conversation with a local resident, he told me he had worked almost all day until 23 o’clock while the company was in the beginning. For all of us with a Mediterranean mentality, this is something incomprehensible. Of course, the workers’ salaries are much higher than the average European. The average salary is about 42,000 euros a year. For architects like me, it’s a little less and it’s about 28,000 euros a year (that means you’ll have between 2 and 3 thousand a month).

Rotterdam is a multicultural city open to everyone

Rotterdam is an extremely multicultural city with no race for the most part. An interesting fact is that the current mayor grew up in Morocco, by religion, he is a Muslim. Very often on the street, you can hear English, which shows a large number of foreigners in the city. You will also be surprised by the fact that over 80% of the Dutch speak English. I got the impression that the Dutch are very open and welcome to strangers, so I’m sure you will find your place if you move here.

How it is to live in Rotterdam? My Personal Experience

Is it better to live in Rotterdam than in Split?

Since I’m from Croatia I will make a small comparison. Most of us lack the warm weather and sunny days, warm people, drinking coffee throughout the day and architecture for centuries. On the other hand, in Rotterdam, you can get a much brighter future and a more hectic life. You will have a better financial situation, but you will have a lot more time to spend time with your vacation.

Since I’m from Croatia I will make a small comparison. The most I miss the warm weather and sunny days, warm people and drinking coffee all day. On the other hand in Rotterdam, you can get a much brighter future and a much faster life. You will have a better financial situation, but more often you will need to have a holiday due to the speed of life and stress.

Empty Restaurant Tables, Rotterdam

Housing Problem

The big problem in Rotterdam is to find housing. I suggest you start your search 6 months before arrival. The apartment at the student dorm I paid as much as 750 euros. For a room in a shared apartment, the price is about 500 euros. It is also interesting that if you decide to buy the property, the price per square meter in Rotterdam and Split is literally the same. This was my opinion about life in this city. Now I ask you the same question:

How it is to live in Rotterdam?

Author

I am a 24 years old architect based in Split. Passion for photography has grown steadily when I was traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience I met on my way. Collaboration:karlo@ilcroatia.com

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