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. ...

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.

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 Amsterdam ne...

Register in Amsterdam

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality (gemeente), and receive your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN).

News for locals

  • Femke Halsema sworn in as Amsterdam's new mayor

    Femke Halsema was sworn in as Amsterdam’s new mayor at a ceremony at the Council Chamber in Amsterdam City Hall on Thursday, 12 July 2018. In her inaugural speech, the new mayor pledged to deal with the growing city’s challenges while keeping its sense of freedom.

  • IND to host free webinar for higher education alumni

    On 10 July at 19:00, the IND and Nuffic will broadcast a webinar on the special Orientation Year permit for alumni of higher education institutions in the Netherlands.

  • Croatian nationals in the Netherlands

    As of 1 July 2018, Croatian nationals will no longer require a work permit to work in the Netherlands.

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