Taxes and Utilities when living in Rotterdam

As in every city you have to pay taxes and pay for gas, electricity and water usage. This page gives you and overview about the Rotterdam taxes. You can also find more about the latest taxes on the Rotterdam website. Usually the taxes are send by mail to you in the infamous blue envelop (pictured).

Taxes Rotterdam
Taxes Rotterdam

Taxes Rotterdam – owner

  • Real estate tax is calculated on the value of your house. This has to be paid by the owner of a house or the owner and user of a business real estate.
  • Water board taxes is charged to cover the cost of the sewers and has to be paid by the owner of the house. Moreover, the costs for treating of waste water is charged separately by the Water Boards and not by the municipality. For more information you can contact the Dutch Water Authorities.

Taxes Rotterdam – tenant

  • Domestic waste tax is meant to cover the costs of collection and processing of domestic refuse. This has to be paid by every household.
  • Dog tax is charged annually. Dog owners are required to submit relevant information to Belastingen.

Overview taxes Rotterdam 2017

Waste tax 1 person 2 or more
Yearly costs € 293,20 € 332,90

Dog tax 1st dog every extra dog
Yearly costs € 102,20 € 161,80

Sewage tax 1st dog every extra dog
Yearly costs € 102,20 € 161,80


In general you have three kinds of utilities: gas, water and electricity. However, some buildings have “blokverwarming” or “stadsverwarming” meaning heating provided by the apartment block or city. If you have this your gas costs should in general by lower because you don’t need it for heating.

As tenant is normal to be directly connected to the utilities company. Below you will find some utilities providers

Gas & Electricity

When you start renting – please make sure you will get connected to the utities asap as they might cut you off. To put you back on the grid, you will charged! If you sign up within 2 weeks, you will be fine!


The Netherlands has great quality water running through its pipes, often tested cleaner then bottled water! Possible waterproviders are Evides or Vitens.


How to get an apartment in Rotterdam

There are so many available apartment, rooms and apartments out there but still it feel almost impossible to get the right place according to your needs (and most of the time, your budget). How is this possible and why is it so difficult? And more important, how do I get this great place ASAP?

Tip 1  – Set your budget right!
First of all, you have to know what you can spend because this will be the most important factor influencing all the other items about location, type of residence, short term/long term etc. Your monthly budget should consist out of the monthly rent, utilities and taxes. Utilities for a 70m2 flat for normal usage are around 70 euros a month for 1 person. This is a very general costs but take it into account and ask the owner or agent what the previous tenant spent. For taxes, you will pay around 15 euro’s a month, but please check for the latest prices – in english too.

Apartment Rotterdam - how to get one easier
Apartment Rotterdam – how to get one easier

Tip 2  – Know exactly what kind of place you want
Secondly, it is very important to know what you are exactly looking for. Starting a search for “a place to stay” will give you many hits, but likely not the place you are looking for. So think of what kind of place you are looking for: an apartment, a house, a room etc. When you have done that, try to be more specific, for example do you I want a furnished apartment or unfurnished and do I want a big or small apartment or maybe even a studio. If you prefer to rent a room, then also decide what kind of place you want. You can have typical student place, this give you probably some better rates but can be a bit dirty too.

Tip 3  – Define your location
Thirdly, have a little search on what area in Rotterdam you are looking for. Do you rent an apartment in the city center, with all the city action there, or do you prefer a more quiet area outside of town?

Tip 4  – Approach the landlord like you apply for a job..
…the light version then.

Read the following messages which are perfect examples of how not to approach the agent or landlord:

Hi do you have apartments?

What about depozit?becuose where we live her they sold apartment and we must go from here until monday if you wait with depozit litle bit we can come and look ?now we can pay for one month and.litlle bit later depozit what you say?

Or this one

How much we pay for apartment?

Both approaches doesn’t give the landlord a lot of confidence in financial stability, interest and manners. It is much better to give more background about yourself, what you are planning to do in Rotterdam, what kind of apartment you are looking for etc. This will give the landlord more confidence in you and that you will be a good tenant and it will be easy communicating with you. See the next approach as example:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m contacting you regarding the apartment you offer for rent in Rotterdam. From the picture and the description about the place I can see that it really suits what I’m looking for ?

I’m originally from Spain but live in the Netherlands for almost 3 years now. I first did a master at the TU Delft and since last year I’m working at Cargill.

I’m currently living in a nice apartment in Blijdorp with other two girls but unfortunately out landlords are coming back home so it’s time for me to look for a new place. I’m looking for a beautiful and furnished house in Rotterdam, and I would specially like a quiet neighborhood so that’s why I think your house is perfect for me. My idea would be to look for a friend to move in with and share the costs of the house.

Would it be possible to schedule a viewing soon? And if you have any other questions please let me know ?


This tells the landlord that this is a well behaved girl, with a job and what knows what she want and has a clear plan. If you would be the landlord, based on the 3 messages, which one would you invite your apartment in Rotterdam?

Tip 5 – Try to speak to the landlord when you view the apartment.
Just as when you are applying for a job, the owner of the apartment wants to have a good relationship with the tenants. When are invited to the apartment on the place you want in Rotterdam, then try asking the landlord some questions about the apartment. What the utilities costs are for example, tell a little bit about yourself etc. Also, if you do, tell the landlord you like it and that you really want to have it. This will set you before the other tenants.

Tip 5 – Last but not least, be flexible!
The landlord obviously wants to rent out the apartment as soon as possible. If the place is granted to you but will only be able to start 2 months later, consider to move that to 1 month or even rent it directly. If you are planning to stay longer in Rotterdam, the costs of an extra month over several years is actually not that much.

Accommodation Rotterdam – what place should you choose?

Rotterdam is the city of the Netherlands with huge growth in popularity (even WSJ and NYtimes start writing about it), so you are at the right place, but now you need to have a place to sleep. Let us find the perfect apartment for your Rotterdam stay. Whether you are searching for the height of luxury in the city centre or a bargain in trendy Blijdorp, no other website offers as varied a range of accommodation types as Housing Rotterdam.

We can help you find all accommodation types including Rotterdam apartment rentals, Short Stay Apartments, Corporate Housing, Long Stay Furnished Apartments and cheap rooms.  We have brought together the very best Rotterdam accommodation including, exclusive to this website, our perfect selection of Rotterdam Apartments and a huge collection of  short stay apartments. Also we are working on a short stay accommodation project where you can sign up for.

Choosing the Right Type of Rotterdam Accommodation

We offer a selection of hand-picked short stay apartments, corporate apartments and a studios, but in particular we recommend our Rotterdam Short Stay apartments. The are apartments which are privately owned offered on a nightly basis, with levels convenience, comfort, privacy and value that directly challenged the hotels.


Choose the right accommodation Rotterdam
Choose the right accommodation in Rotterdam

Rotterdam City Lofts – For the ultimate stay in Rotterdam

If you want to experience how it is to live in the city centre like an expat, look at the city loft page. Here you will find a fine selection of high quality apartments, right in the heart of Rotterdam. You will experience all the luxury and convenience, ranging from free WiFi to cleaning services and additional options as well.

Studying at the Erasmus University? Sign up for the short stay accomodation for students!

A lot of students are planning to study in Rotterdam and are looking for the right accommodation. The first challenge is where to stay? In our districts page, you can find a description of the main districts in Rotterdam. For example students who prefer a quite area close to the Erasmus University should consider Het Lage Land. Others, who would to enjoy the nightlife and more student like experience can look at area’s in Kralingen or Blijdorp – but they need to expect higher pricing there.

Also, Housing Rotterdam is planning a short stay accommodation especially created for students who will study only for 3-6 months in Rotterdam at affordable rates! Please contact us for more information!

Our Rotterdam Apartments

Housing Rotterdam has a wide variety of accomodation in Rotterdam. The offer changes constantly and not all apartments are on our website, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information! Also, if you are a business, we are able to help you. We have several options to provide your employees with housing, close to your work or close to the city!

Rotterdam Noordereiland District

The Rotterdam Noordereiland District is a very special one in Rotterdam. Noordereiland means Northern Island and is a small island in the river the nieuwe maas and is connecting Rotterdam Zuid and the city centre, as you can see on the map below.

Rotterdam Noordereiland
Rotterdam Noordereiland

This small island of only 67 ha. is connected to the northern part of Rotterdam through the red bridge called the Willemsbrug. This area is in general pretty quite, since it is not close to any main roads. The location is great, however it can be a little difficult to access the city. There is no subway station and using the car to go to the city is not recommended. However, there are busses going to town are you can do as the dutch do, take the bike!

Rental Apartments Rotterdam Noordereiland
It is difficult to describe a typical rental apartment in this area. There is a great discrepancy between old and new buildings, however apartments on the North side facing the city centre remain very popular. You can find good rental apartment in the “Koopvaardijhof” and the right tip of the island. Also try looking for apartments at the Maaskade, this is the side facing the city centre.  Since there is no typical apartment here, it is hard to put a price on it. Just keep in mind the normal prices for a short stay or furnished apartment.

This area is not known for a lot good places to eat and drink. The best advice is to go to the Kop van Zuid or to the Markthal on the other side of the Willemsbrug. What you can do is go eat in the summer at the fish restaurant A la Plancha. This is a great restaurant on the riverside serving fresh fish and other seafoods.

La Plancha Rotterdam
La Plancha Rotterdam



Rotterdam Delfshaven District

Rotterdam Delfshaven is a district which still has the old building from before WWII. The bombing in 1940 missed this area, giving it is typical appearance. The area is located West of the city centre and is located at the river the Nieuwe Maas. It takes some time to reach Delfshaven by car  since you have to cross the city. Public transport is reasonable in this location. However if you don’t mind using a bike, then all the nice places in Rotterdam are very well attainable.

Rotterdam Delfshaven district on Google maps
Rotterdam Delfshaven district on Google maps

Rotterdam Delfshaven Apartments
The apartments in Rotterdam Delfshaven are relatively cheap to it’s location. Expect prices between € 800- € 1000,- for a 70m2 apartment. The apartments can be a bit less luxures than other areas but you can find those as well. The more luxures apartments will be furnished apartments. Also, this area is known for problems with the foundation of the buildings, some some of them are not 100% straight. However, might this be the case in your apartment, these problems should be solved by the landlord.

Leisure in Rotterdam Delfshaven
Rotterdam Delfshaven is not a very big area which results in an OK supply of bars & restaurants in the area itself. However there are some, for example you have the following:

Next to that the area is at walking distance from the famous barstreet “De Witte de Withstraat”, so you will be fine.

Also you will find the Euromast on walking distance where you can see the magnificant skyline from Rotterdam while having dinner. Also you can it is possible to go abseiling from the euromast as well! See below for more information and an impression.

Euromast Rotterdam
Euromast Rotterdam


Kop van Zuid district

Have you seen a picture of Rotterdam? Then chances are big that this shot is taken of de “Kop van Zuid”. This is one of  the iconic areas of Rotterdam/ You will find most of Rotterdam’s ‘skyscapers‘ in this area as well as the former building of the Holland America line which now hosts Hotel New York.

De Kop van Zuid
is located at the river the Maas. The Erasmusbrug (see on the picture below) is together with the Willemsbrug (the red one) and the Maastunnel, one of the three connections between Rotterdam Zuid (south) and Rotterdam city centre. Also the Noordereiland is very close located an island in the river, which gets more and more popular due to its unique location. Also this is the area which yearly welcomes giant cruise ships like the Queen Mary 2 and Harmony of the Seas.


Rotterdam Kop van Zuid
Rotterdam Kop van Zuid

It is easy to commute between this area and the rest of the city using the subway. Also by car you can try the city centre, however expect delays due to traffic and parking challenges.

Erasmusbrug Rotterdam
Erasmusbrug at the Kop van Zuid Rotterdam

Kop van Zuid Apartments
You will find a lot of high standard apartments with amazing views over the city. A lot of the serviced apartments, can be found here with all the major services like swimming pool, cleaning services, mail services etc. Price will be accordingly; expect prices ranging from €1500-€2500 euros for a fully furnished 70m2 apartment with city view. The buildings Montevideo, New Orleans and the Rotterdam offers these apartments. If you are interested in renting these apartments please contact us!

If you are looking for a similar area with lower prices, check out city centre apartments.  Prices here will vary from € 1000-€2000 depending on your needs.

Rotterdam Rubroek District

Rotterdam Rubroek is often seen as the city centre. Despite is it located very centrally between Kralingen from the west and Crooswijk from the right, technically the real city centre is located south from the district Rubroek.  This area is very well located with the Kralingse Plas, City Centre and Rotterdam Central Station on walking distance (15 minutes).

Rotterdam Rubroek District

Rotterdam Rubroek District

Rotterdam Rubroek was built in 1940-1950 and consists mainly of basic four floor flats. The flats are not considered very beautiful but are well maintained most of the time especially the area closer to the street “Goudsesingel”.

Apartments Rotterdam Rubroek
There is quite a broad offer of rental apartments between the range of € 800,- to € 1200,- euros per month (ex. utilities) for a 50-70m2 apartment respectively. However this is not cheap, it is possible to live on a great location in Rotterdam for a relative okay price. Also, this area is relatively quit and has proximity of shops, bars and restaurants. Streets you want to live are Goudsesingel, Jonker Fransstraat and Herman Robberstraat. There is no possibility to live in a house, then you should check the area’s more north of Rotterdam, for example Hillergersberg and Overschie.

This district is very well located and has almost anything nearby,  check out the overview below:


  • Rotterdam Central station: 15 minutes walk, 10 minutes public transport
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam: 15 by bike, 20 minutes public transport
  • City Centre: this is more or less city centre: 2 min walk
  • Park “Kralingse plas”; 15 minute walk, 5 minutes by bike

Bars & Restaurants
You won’t find many bars in this area, you have several but these are not the best ones. However, you are very near the city centre which has plenty and what your preference is, you will find it. Check the city centre page to find out more!



Property in Rotterdam more expensive than in peak year 2008

In Rotterdam property has become more expensive for the first time then before the credit crisis in 2008 according the CBS, a research institute. Prices of apartments & houses in Rotterdam reached a peak in the third quarter of 2008. After this peak, prices fell by nearly 16 percent to a low point in the second quarter of 2013. More than three years after this, prices are 2 percent above the level in 2008. This also underlines the growth and the popularity of Rotterdam. Of the 4 biggest cities in the Netherlands, only the Hague is below the peak in 2008.

House prices in Rotterdam higher than peakyear 2008
House prices in Rotterdam higher than peakyear 2008 Source: CBS

As can be seen from the figure above, house prices both in the Netherlands (light blue line) and Rotterdam (dark blue line) peak in 2008. After that, a five year decline period followed. After the house prices dipping in the last quarter of 2013, the prices started to increase further with a steep increase in 2016. Especially the house prices in Rotterdam source in 2016. The increase was seen in all districts in Rotterdam.

Source: CBS, Land Registry

Corporate Housing Rotterdam

Corporate Housing Rotterdam – Apartments for Executives
Whether you require executive apartments or serviced apartments, HousingRotterdam can accommodate your needs.
HousingRotterdam offers apartments all over Rotterdam, from the City Centre to Kralingen and from Rotterdam North to Rotterdam South. All our apartments are located close to public transport so that business parks and business areas are easily accessible. We offer a variety of apartment types including 1, 2 & 3 bedroom executive apartments in all of these locations. But also if you prefer to live in a house with a garden, HousingRotterdam can help you find a place to stay! We have weekly rates consistently proven to be a more cost effective for extended stay assignments compared to hotels.

The HousingRotterdam serviced apartment locations offer you a friendly and flexible service and convenient proximity to the city and most important provide you an efficient and comfortable stay in Rotterdam. During your stay in Rotterdam, you will have the comfort of a cleaning service, standby service and other services. Also, we suggest you to experience the local culture and downtown markets, such as visiting Markthal Rotterdam, a spanish like bazar in the hart of Rotterdam.

Corporate Housing Rotterdam
Corporate Housing Rotterdam

Our fully furnished and equipped serviced executive apartments are ideal for extended stays of 28 days or longer where guests can enjoy the unique environment of apartments which are located in residential buildings. Our team are caring and responsive and guests in the corporate apartments have access to an emergency line 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Please contact our friendly service for more information!

Long Stay Rotterdam
If you prefer a longer stay apartment without the service level which you get with serviced apartment, please consider than a furnished apartment. These apartments are perfect of you plan to live a year up to three years in Rotterdam. They are also very well located and more priced lower.





Rotterdam Blijdorp / Noord District

Rotterdam Blijdorp / Noord is one of the popular districts in Rotterdam together with the City Centre district and Kralingen. Rotterdam Noord and Blijdorp actually are 2 different districts but they are neighbours and have a lot of similarities, so that’s why they are discussed as one.

The district(s) is nicely located between the highway A20 and Rotterdam Central Station. Also the famous zoo Diergaarde Blijdorp can be found here. Another great thing about this area is the “Vroesenpark”, a very nice and green park where you have you weekly run. On sunny days in summer, this place is especially great when people will enjoy beers and wine while roasting there meat on the BBQ (see picture below)

Rotterdam Blijdorp & Noord

Rotterdam Blijdorp/ Noord

Apartments and housing in Rotterdam Blijdorp / Noord

Rotterdam Blijdorp/ Blijdorp has been built in between 1930 and 1940 in typical dutch style. The district is a popular area amongst young people such as students and people with there first or second job.

You can buy an apartment here for around € 2000,- per m2 (jan, 2017), but obviously this is dependent of quality, exact location of the apartment, appliances etc but that is some thing a real estate agent can help you with.

For renting you will pay around € 1000 euro / month for a 70m2 apartment, you will generally get more space for your money comparing it to Kralingen or the City Centre.

Tip, rent an apartment close to the A20 or at the Schieweg, unless you like to smoke even if you don’t have a cigarette in your mouth.

Apartments in Blijdorp

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Bars and Restaurants in Rotterdam Noord and Blijdorp
It is not the most known area for eating or going to bars and restaurants, then you really need to go to the city centre. However there are some nice places to keep in mind. Angelo Betti has some very nice pizza’s and you can enjoy great sorbets there. If you are heading for beers, think about Bergpolder, a typical  sportspub from Rotterdam and a nice place to enjoy your sports with your favorite beer!

Vroesenpark Rotterdam Blijorp on a sunny day in summer
Vroesenpark Rotterdam Blijdorp on a sunny day in summer