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Life in Amsterdam

Learn more about the necessities of living in Amsterdam: housing, education, finance, health and more.

Living in Amsterdam

If you're thinking about moving to Amsterdam, or have already arrived, there are likely many questions about everyday life in the city you need answered. These pages include information on buying and renting property, getting around, tips for families, healthcare, education, refuse collections & recycling, learning Dutch and the community activities that will help you settle in.

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Official matters

Discover all of the essential practical information you’ll need in Amsterdam: registering, permits, visas and more.

Rental property in Amsterdam

If you’re planning a short-term stay in Amsterdam (under five years), renting is your best bet. After all, contracts can be easily changed and you’re ...

Buying property in Amsterdam

If you’re planning on staying in Amsterdam for three years or more, then one option may be to buy a property. In this economic climate, you’ll find th...

Utilities & maintenance

Once you've found accommodation in Amsterdam, you'll need to set up things like internet and TV, and know when and where to throw out the rubbish.

Financial matters

Learn all about essential financial matters related to life in Amsterdam. For example, get to grips with the different types of taxes and how to file ...

 

Essentials for living in Amsterdam

Medical care and insurance

Stay informed about medical care and health insurance requirements in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands). For example, health insurance is mandatory in t...

Dutch education system

The Netherlands is renowned for having a strong, well-balanced education system. From age three or four, children go to primary school for eight years...

International schools

The Netherlands is renowned for having a strong, well-balanced education system. This is further bolstered by a host of options for international scho...

Refuse collection

In Amsterdam it is normal practice to separate your household waste in order to utilise the growing array of recycling options and work towards greene...

Community

Make the most of life in Amsterdam by becoming a part of the community around you! Enjoy the very best in culture, eating and drinking, performances a...

Learning Dutch

Learning Dutch not only increases opportunities for employment and study, it also helps to build an easy life as a foreigner and establish connections...

Getting around Amsterdam

Get around the city by car, bus, boat, scooter, tram or the most popular form of transportation in Amsterdam: the bicycle. The inner city is also comp...

Emergencies & helplines

Depending on the emergency, options include calling the central emergency number 112, taking the victim to the A&E department or a nearby hospital, or...