I’m Julie, 27 years old, French (Parisian).
I moved to Rotterdam end of April 2011 to follow my partner who has been transferred over there.
What challenges did I face during the move? I didn’t know I must register to the cityhall and give some papers to get the sofi number to be considered as citizen. I needed this number to find a work, to be paid, to open an account, to get an apartment.. for almost everything here. And also, as we are not married, I had to do a lot of paperwork to do more. He didn’t have to do it as expat.How did you find somewhere to live?
We looked on the website of Pararius and took appointments to visit some apartments.. and found one after 2 months!
Are there many other expats in your area?
We don’t know. My colleagues told me it was an expat district, but I really have no idea.
What is your relationship like with the locals?
It is very fine. Except when guys stop us to know if we are not looking for any weed as we still have a French matriculation on our car.
What do you like about life where you are?
It is quiet and nice to live. The city is modern and also, you can go everywhere if you have a bicycle.
What do you dislike about your expat life?
It is quite difficult to do all the paper without getting any advice. The papers are all in Dutch, whereas they all speak English fluently. And it is difficult to make new friends and to have new marks to feel like a second home.
What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?
To go directly to the information center and cityhall and get advice overthere to be sure not to miss anything important. Internet is also a good place to find answers.
What are your plans for the future?
To move again within 2 years as my partner is going to be transferred one more time.