Living in the Amsterdam Area

Each part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has a unique character, access to international schools and a variety of housing options.

Living in greater Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) lies to the north of the Randstad and encompasses the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Flevoland. The area has a total population of over 2 million inhabitants.

Find your new home in the Amsterdam Area

Map it Out // Plan your journey in the Amsterdam Area

Find out just how quick and convenient it is to travel around the Amsterdam Area with our interactive tool. Calculate your commute time by comparing various modes of transport, whether you prefer public transport, cycling, driving or a combination of options.

Quiz: Where should you live in the Amsterdam Area?

Moving to the Amsterdam Area? Find out which part of the region will make you feel right at home by answering some quick questions about your personality and interests.

Life in greater Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel & Diemen

A close connection to central Amsterdam. These cities enjoy a prime location at the centre of the Amsterdam Area.

Almere & Lelystad

Experience modern living in Amsterdam’s newest satellite cities.


Embrace history and culture in a mini Amsterdam. Haarlem has a lively community of 150,000 residents.

Haarlemmermeer, Aalsmeer & Uithoorn

Haarlemmermeer and the area surrounding Amsterdam Airport Schiphol connects Amsterdam with the world.

Hilversum, the Gooi & Vechtstreek

Hilversum near Amsterdam
Living in Green Amsterdam: A region filled with possibilities.

North of Amsterdam

Alkmaar terrace
An authentic Holland awaits north of Amsterdam: Alkmaar, Den Helder and Hoorn.

North Sea Coast

Relaxed living and an active lifestyle around Amsterdam’s coastline.

Zaanstad & Purmerend

Amsterdam Beemster polder windmill
Living alongside the cultural and industrial heritage of Amsterdam’s harbours.

Tips for relocating to the region

Relocation tips

Settling into Amsterdam life can be relatively straightforward, especially if you plan and arrange as much as you can before relocating. Check out the...

Everyday essentials

Whether you're moving to Amsterdam, newly arrived or an established citizen, here you can look up official information on day-to-day living, including...

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.

Look for housing

Read up on renting, buying property, mortgages and housing rights to help with finding your new home in the Amsterdam Area.