Living in Amsterdam

I amsterdam's Living portal is the English-language hub for learning about life in the Amsterdam Area, whether you're moving to the city region, newly arrived or an established citizen. It's a place where you can look up official information for internationals, learn more about settling into life in the Amsterdam Area and read the latest news. All in all, it's a place to help you make the most of living in Amsterdam.

Popular topics about life in Amsterdam

Look for housing

Read up on renting, buying property, mortgages and housing rights to help with finding your new home in the Amsterdam Area.

Residence permit

Depending on your nationality, you may require a residence and work permit if you want to live and work in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands. ...

Take care of waste & recyling

Reduce your environmental footprint by recycling paper, textiles, plastic and glass and find out where to deposit household waste in your neighbourhoo...

Visa requirements

The majority of foreign nationals wishing to stay in the Netherlands for up to three months require a short stay visa or Schengen visa (Schengenvisum)...

Find out about schools

Select the right school for your child with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

News for locals

  • Changes to laws, taxes and benefits in 2019

    The Dutch government has implemented some changes which are effective from 1 January 2019, including taxes affecting the price of goods and services, and additional parental leave.

  • New Working Holiday programme with Hong Kong

    People from Hong Kong and the Netherlands between the ages of 18 and 30 can experience one another’s culture through a new Working Holiday programme, effective from 1 January 2019.  

  • ARTIS elephants receive a tree for Christmas

    The 21-metre Christmas tree on Dam Square will go to a new home on 8 January: the animal enclosures at Amsterdam’s ARTIS Royal Zoo.

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