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.

Register in Amsterdam

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

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...

News for locals

  • Changes to laws, regulations and benefits in 2018

    A number of changes to laws, benefits and regulations came into force in the Netherlands on 1 January 2018. See more about what's changed below.

  • New scheme will see residents' toilet waste turned into power

    A new scheme in Amsterdam Noord will see power and fertiliser created whenever residents flush their waste down the toilet.

  • Introducing Amsterdam Culture Club

    Internationals living in Amsterdam can delve into the city's rich cultural scene and meet like-minded people by joining Amsterdam Culture Club. Members are invited to a variety of events throughout the year, enjoying additional elements to each outing such as exclusive backstage tours or private introductions with performers.

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