Moving to the Amsterdam Area in 10 easy steps

You're about to begin a new life in the Amsterdam Area, but where do you actually start? Here's our ten-steps to getting ready for your new adventure after arriving in the Netherlands.

Moving abroad is always an exciting step, and it certainly doesn't have to be a stressful experience. Though the Amsterdam Area's cosmopolitan spirit, rich cultural life and large international community make it easier for newcomers to settle in, there's still some matters that need to be sorted as soon as you arrive in the Netherlands. To make your move as smooth as possible, we've compiled this ten-step guide to arranging everything you need to start your new life in the Amsterdam region.

Moving to the Amsterdam Area in 10 easy steps

1. Arranging your residence/work permit

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Depending on your nationality, you may require a residence/work permit if you want to live and work in the Netherlands.

2. Registering with the local municipality

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You will need to register with the municipality (gemeente) if you plan to live or work in the Netherlands.

3. Finding short-term/long-term accommodation

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Finding a place to live in the Amsterdam Area can be challenging, but our essential advice will help you find your new home.

4. Finding a school

Select the right school for your child with information on international and Dutch primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

5. Organising health insurance

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Everyone residing in the Netherlands is obliged to take out health insurance, even if you are only in the country temporarily. Find out about what you're covered for and how to apply.

6. Arrange a local bank account

You need to open a bank account to receive a salary or sign up for some services. Find out more here.

7. Register with a doctor

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In the Netherlands, patients are free to choose their own doctor, who generally operate on an appointment system.

8. Finding a Dutch dentist

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There are a number of different ways to find a suitable dentist in the Netherlands. Find out more about the options available to you.

9. Get connected (arrange telephone, internet, utilities, etc.)

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Once you've found accommodation, you'll need to set up your utilities, telephone and internet. Find out more about the options available to you.

10. Obtaining or exchanging a driving licence

As an international resident in the Netherlands, you can use your own driving licence for a certain period of time, after which you will be required to obtain a Dutch permit.

Getting started in the Netherlands