IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

The approach of IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam is based on the cross-fertilization of our main three activities: education, advisory services and applied research. 

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Social Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)



IHS was established during the period of Rotterdam's post-Second-World-War reconstruction. 

As the international arm of the Bouwcentrum, IHS had the task to communicate the knowledge gained, through the development of the city and its housing, to government authorities in developing countries. 

Sixty years on, times have changed. Worldwide, cities are growing at an explosive rate.


IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies is a part of the high ranking Erasmus University RotterdamOpens external (#21 in Europe & #72 globally according to the Times Higher Education ranking) based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As a multidisciplinary institute, we work closely with the Erasmus School of EconomicsOpens external (ESE) and Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural SciencesOpens external (ESSB) and offer a variety of educational programmes.


Since 1976, IHS has worked on projects overseas, providing advisory services to an array of stakeholders including governments, organisations and institutions. The institute also works on contracts for local and national government clients. Services in this area include policy-level support, aid in citywide strategic development and participatory processes.

The approach IHS uses to tackle the problems faced in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities is based on the cross-fertilization of three activities: education, advisory services and research.

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Library services

The University Library has an extensive collection of books and journals on every subject that is taught at the Erasmus University. The library also supports students and staff in various aspects of their education, teaching and research. Moreover, the library is a nice place to meet, work together and study in silence.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Woudestein
  • Physiotherapy Campus Woudestein
  • ECE Campus

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

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