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

  • €1.2 billion invested in Amsterdam’s future

    The City of Amsterdam has announced its 2019 budget and implementation plan in which €1.2 billion will be invested in projects to improve Amsterdam over the next four years.

  • More funding allocated to Nuffic scholarship programmes

    The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, is investing an extra €10.1 million in scholarships for nine countries in Africa and the Middle East through Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for the internationalisation in education.

  • Express your opinion on Amsterdam’s new moped rules

    From early 2019, light moped riders in Amsterdam’s A10 ring will no longer be allowed to ride on bicycle paths. In preparation of the implementation of the new regulations, the City of Amsterdam is calling for residents’ opinions so they can further refine the rules and routes.

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