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

Amsterdam Local Elections

On 21 March 2018, people living in Amsterdam will have the opportunity to vote for a new City Council. The members of the City Council will select the...

Register in Amsterdam

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

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...

IamExpat Fair

Polonceaukade 27
The IamExpat Fair is designed to connect expats and local businesses in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. The fair takes ...

News for locals

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