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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, is the home of all things urban. We love cities and work passionately for their development. Moreover, we are happy to welcome talented and driven individuals, who want to extend their expertise in the sphere of urban management and development.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (7)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Social Sciences (1)



Based in the Netherlands, IHS started with a dedicated team of professionals that laid down the foundation of a new Rotterdam, after being devastated after the war. Since then, together with our large network of partners and over 8500 alumni worldwide, we’ve been continuing our mission of city-changers, in the heart of urban development and on the field. 


In 2004, IHS became part of the high-ranking Erasmus University Rotterdam, offering post-graduate education programmes, like the MSc in Urban Management and Development, tailor made courses, short courses and a PhD programme in urban development and governance.


The overall objective of the IHS research and PhD programme is to generate knowledge in urban development and management in developing countries and countries in transition.

The educational programmes at IHS are embedded in academic research. The majority of IHS academic staff hold doctor’s titles and some are currently pursuing a PhD. Important research inputs in the specialisations of the Master programme in Urban Management and Development are provided by the Erasmus University partners and, for the Housing specialisation, by Lund University, Sweden and the Lincoln Institute, USA. Lecturers include professors, academic researchers and PhD candidates.


The IHS alumni work mostly in the public sector, but also in the educational and private sectors. 38% of them are architects or urban planners, managers/coordinators of a company (34%), directors in a company or institution (30%) and 21% are lecturers/researchers/professors or PhD candidates. The rest of them are heads of department, chiefs of projects or team leaders, consultants, advisers or analysts.

Some of other positions include:

    city/town plannerlocal government officerhousing officertransport planneraccessibility specialistinfrastructure planner/managerfacilities managerheritage preservation specialistcivil service administratorcommunity development workerurban economy and finance specialist

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Housing services

Before starting to look for the accommodation, decide on the budget that you can and are willing to pay. For example, you can find accommodation in Rotterdam for as cheap as €350, but also for as expensive as €1000 per month. The price varies based on the location, size and whether the place is furnished or not.

Library services

IHS maintains a specialized library on urban management and development and housing, conveniently located on the IHS floor. Apart from the collection of urban literature it also provides access to the resources of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Course participants and researchers are encouraged to make use of a variety of books, periodicals, and (electronic) journals.

ICT services

Wi-fi is available throughout the campus and the library space is just perfect for an intense cramming session.

Student Life

Campus life

The Woudestein campus is located in a green area, in the Eastern part of the city. Home to over 24,000 students, Erasmus University in an ongoing process of developing, building and transforming spaces, in order to create optimum studying conditions. Sustainability is a major focus and a guiding principle, reflected in almost any corner of the campus. 

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