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Tuition fee, costs of living and other study costs

What are the costs for studying at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences? You can find more information below for an overview of the financial aspect of studying at our institution.

Tuition fee

Being a student of higher education means paying a study fee per academic year. A distinction is made between the statutory tuition fee and the institutional tuition fee.

Statutory tuition fee

In 2024-2025 the statutory fee amounts to:

  • € 2,530 for a full-time study programme

Institutional tuition fee

Some students need to pay the institutional tuition fee. This includes students who already have a master's degree and students outside of EEA countries. For the River Delta Development Master’s programme, please check the HZ University website for the current fees.

EEA (European Economic Area) students

The following countries belong to this category: 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Students from Surinam will be charged the same fees as students from EEA countries.

Tuition fee for Refugees

Students who have been officially recognised by the UAF (the Foundation for Refugee Students) are required to pay the same tuition fees as EU/EEA students. Please contact CoIA.

Additional costs

There are no extra costs related to books/readers. We do organize excursions, and you may wish to purchase additional class materials or participate in extra-curricular events. These costs usually amount to roughly € 200 in total.

Your own laptop

The Universities of Applied Sciences have study spaces available, but not all of them are equipped with computers. We recommend and encourage you to bring your own laptop/mobile device. The River Delta Development department recommends you to purchase a laptop if you do not yet have one.  Please contact your lecturer for advice if you are considering purchasing a laptop.


Student grant and loans of Lifelong Learning credit

If you qualify for standard student funding (loans, supplementary grants, and/or student travel passes), you can request these from DUO.

If you are no longer eligible for student funding, then you can still utilise the Lifelong Learning Credit to borrow money to pay the tuition fee, under the following conditions. You can request the Lifelong Learning Credit for the duration of the degree programme in which you are participating.

Are you paying the statutory tuition fee for your degree programme? If so, that is the amount that you can borrow each year. Are you paying the institutional tuition fee? If so, then you can borrow the amount of the statutory tuition fee up to five times per year. In the latter case, you have to provide a statement from the educational institution along with your request for the Lifelong Learning Credit, which indicates the amount of the institutional tuition fee.

The Lifelong Learning Credit can be requested from DUO. More information can be found on this government site. You can request that the tuition fee/course fee statement (the statement that you need if you have to pay the institutional tuition fee) be filled in and signed by the HZ student office by e-mailing


If desired, the universities of applied sciences will assist you in arranging on-site housing. This may be done by providing the housing itself or by helping you get in touch with parties that can provide housing.

How can I find a room in Middelburg? 

Villex will be able to help you. Accommodation varies from rooms in student houses to studio apartments and apartments ranging in size from small to large, furnished or unfurnished, single units (where you live by yourself) or apartments that you share with others. Room prices range from €220 to €600 (for a house). Most rooms are located in the city centre or near the city centre. Please let Villex know you’ve enrolled for the master’s programme River Delta Development.

How can I find a room in Velp?

Van Hall Larenstein has made agreements with a number of local lessors about furnished rooms in student houses in Velp and Arnhem. With this arrangement, you will have your own room and share the bathroom, kitchen and washing machine with other (international) students. These furnished rooms cost €380 - €450 a month. Do you wish to use this facility? Then send an e-mail to and indicate that you have registered for the River Delta Development master.
Would you prefer to search a room yourself? Then take a look at the Study in Arnhem website.

How can I find a room in Rotterdam?

Finding accommodation in Rotterdam is usually easier than in Utrecht, Amsterdam or other cities with a large student population. You do however need to start your search early! Be smart and try to arrange this as soon as your application has been accepted. Prices vary, starting at around €300 per calendar month. Depending on size, location, housing preferences, etc. this may vary significantly. Rotterdam is surrounded by several smaller towns and cities which can offer an excellent alternative, all of which are well connected by public transport to Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.  

Check the housing website of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) for all possibilities for (international) students, such as short stay accommodation (SSH) and alternate options for housing.