Living in Amsterdam

I amsterdam's Living portal is the English-language hub for learning about life in Amsterdam, whether you're moving to the city, 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 Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam.

Register in Amsterdam

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

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.

News for locals

  • New rules for mopeds and scooters in Amsterdam

    In 2018, new traffic rules will come into effect for motor scooters and mopeds being driven in, from and to Amsterdam. The new measures are intended to counter both pollution and a high accident rate and include a ban on scooters and mopeds built pre-2011. In addition, motor scooters and mopeds will no longer be allowed on bike paths.

  • Subsidies for electric vehicles in Amsterdam

    The City of Amsterdam continues to encourage electric transport with a variety of incentives and other measures, including subsidies for electric vehicles used for commercial uses in the city.

  • Gardening waste for cancer therapies

    Amsterdammers with a garden can help fight cancer by dropping off pruning waste of the English yew at collection points.

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