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

  • The VU goes underground

    Visitors to the exhibition ‘Above and beneath the VU Campus: Past, present, future’ can gain a glimpse of what lies beneath Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving 2018 in Amsterdam

    This year, American Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 22, and if you’re thinking of celebrating the holiday with a big traditional feast, read on for our list of events offering Thanksgiving fare with all the trimmings. Alternatively, Amsterdam also has plenty of places to stock up on all you need if you’re planning to cook up a storm at home.

  • Sinterklaas comes to town

    The annual Sinterklaas parade takes place in Amsterdam on Sunday, 18 November.

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