Places to study in the Pandemic

With the exams only a week away, students are desperately trying to find a quiet place to study. This year however, libraries are closed and there are barely any study spaces on campus. That’s why, for those days where you really have to get out of your room, we have composed a list of quiet study spots available throughout the city.

Besides finding a quiet place in Rotterdam, having enough space to put our stuff down and study was also a priority. The study spaces below checked all of our boxes! We do realise that many of these options are a bit too expensive for the average student, but they could still come in handy when working on your research or projects. 

The Slaak Hotel

Okay okay.. I hear you all thinking, and yes a hotel is a bit of a decadent study spot. This four star hotel near Oostplein has recently started letting guests use their rooms as office spaces. Although we’ve seen more hotels following this trend, the Slaak stands out for being relatively cheap and only charging 25 euros a day. The offer includes a nice desk, a lounge area, coffee, tea and free Wi-Fi that’s surprisingly fast. You can even use their fully equipped gym (post lockdown). I tried this out myself a couple of weeks ago and even though my budget could only allow this to be a one-time thing, it really helped me get my mind in order too. Snack wise it will start adding up though if you’re ordering room service, but right next door is the Lidl and there is a mini fridge in the room itself.


42workspace might be a nice option to spend your study days. 42workspace is a coworking space and community for tech and digital entrepreneurs, freelancers and students like ourselves. Located in the city center of Rotterdam, the workspace offers a nice environment to work in. Besides, you are able to meet fellow students, startups or scale-ups and broaden your network. They offer 3 types of coworking memberships ranging from flexible workspaces for individuals to private office spaces for teams, ideal for group assignments. Furthermore, memberships are based on flexible month-to-month contracts. The cheapest desk; the flex desk, is about 125 euros a month. Therefore, this kind of study space is suggested when you have a long time of intensive studying ahead of you (since you rent the desks for a month) such as writing a bachelor thesis.


The Groothandelsgebouw is one of the first buildings completed after the bombing of Rotterdam in the Second World War. It was built to serve as a place where many wholesalers could run their businesses. Nowadays, it houses all kinds of entrepreneurs in need of office spaces. Besides these private offices, there is also room for you to get a single desk and study. The price of having this however is a bit higher since it’s a monthly subscription. For 130 euros you’ll have a flex desk in the building.

Good luck with studying for the exams!

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Written by:
  • Sterre Spaanderman
  • Tessa De Weser
| Published on: Feb 13, 2021