A close connection to central Amsterdam

Residents of this area enjoy the best of both worlds, with a variety of housing options and peaceful residential areas, while all the benefits of living and working in Amsterdam’s city centre are within reach. Thanks to growing numbers of residents from abroad and a high standard of international education, the area has developed a diverse international community. Housing in Amstelveen, Diemen and Ouder-Amstel is more accessible than in neighbouring Amsterdam, with options ranging from roomy apartments to single family homes with ample outdoor space. Of course, buying or renting in Amsterdam itself remains an option – the market is currently ‘hot’, meaning prices are higher and availability changes quickly.

Why live in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel or Diemen?

  • Make the most of Amsterdam’s culture, nightlife and opportunities
    Residents can take advantage of a short trip by bicycle, bus or train and enjoy Amsterdam’s rich cultural life and business opportunities.
  • Feel part of an active international community
    Easily connect with Amsterdam’s international community by making use of organisations like IN Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Culture Club, ACCESS and a diverse selection of expat organisations. International community groups are also present in Amstelveen, including family groups, sports clubs and a large Japanese and Indian community.
  • Attractive and spacious housing
    With more space and lower prices per square metre, the Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel and Diemen area presents more viable accommodation options than Amsterdam. The proximity of international schools and small, safe neighbourhoods make it a popular area for families.
  • Green spaces and waterways
    Residents can enjoy the lush natural surroundings of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Its ponds and streams are used for swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking, it has plenty of children’s play areas, a petting zoo and even hosts outdoor theatre events and festivals in the summertime. There are also stunning lakeside landscapes around Ouder-Amstel, while Diemen neighbours some of Amsterdam’s greenest spots. In the centre of Amsterdam, green spaces like Vondelpark and Westerpark attract crowds all year round.

International schools

  • The International School of Amsterdam (ages 2 to 18) is an IB World school in Amstelveen offering the full IB programme and an extensive extra-curricular schedule.
  • Florencius International School in Amstelveen (ages 2 to 12) offers the IP curriculum and focuses on holistic education via the 4Q’s or 4 intelligences approach: spiritual (i.e. integrity and self-worth), mental, emotional and physical intelligence.
  • Amity International School Amsterdam (ages: 2 to 10, and 11 to 17 from 2018/2019) located in Amstelveen is a non-profit school and offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP), with the intention of eventually offering MYP and IB programmes.

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Amstelveen Town Hall Reception

Contact Amstelveen’s Town Hall Reception for parking permits, marriage, birth or death certificates and general information.

Telephone number for all municipal departments and services: 020-540 4911
Address: Laan Nieuwer-Amstel 1

Postal address for all municipal departments and services:
Gemeente Amstelveen Postbus 4
1180 BA Amstelveen

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Amstelveen Registry

Contact Amstelveen’s Registry Department to register a birth, marriage or death. For driving licences or travel documents (such as passport or visa), contact the Documents Department (see below).

Documents Department

Contact Amstelveen’s Documents Department to apply for a driving licence or travel documents (such as passports or visas).

Immigration Department

Contact Amstelveen’s Immigration Department for initial registration and information.