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Living in Amsterdam

I amsterdam's Local portal is your English-language hub for learning about life in the city, whether you're moving to Amsterdam, newly arrived or an established citizen. Here you can look up official information for expats about permits, registration, visas, the 30% tax ruling and news from the City of Amsterdam and IN Amsterdam (formerly the Expatcenter Amsterdam). It's also a great place to learn more about working in Amsterdam, explore study opportunities, find out about housing and healthcare, or to explore the cultural offerings in the city. All in all, it's a place to help you make the most of living in Amsterdam.

Essentials for living in Amsterdam

Look for housing

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

Study in Amsterdam

Study at one of Amsterdam’s leading universities, colleges and educational institutions. Apply for bachelor, master and PhD courses in English.

Register in Amsterdam

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

Relocate to Amsterdam

Get set for a new start in Amsterdam: read on for relocation tips and find out about employment, housing, international schools and more.

Learn Dutch

Learn to speak the local language with our guide to Dutch language courses in Amsterdam, finding a private tutor and official examinations.

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.

Popular topics about life in Amsterdam

Enjoy life in Amsterdam

Become a true local in Amsterdam: join community groups, find your favourite restaurants and bars, and check out upcoming events near you.

Call the Amsterdam helpline

Call the City of Amsterdam on 14 020 to speak to an English-speaking operator about civic issues like taxes, parking, marriage ceremonies and more.

Amsterdam announcements

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'My First Month' booklet

Get settled in Amsterdam by checking out IN Amsterdam's 'My First Month' booklet, which offers a wealth of fantastic tips for international newcomers.

Read the latest A-mag

A-mag is Amsterdam’s city magazine, packed full of insider tips for what to do and see in the city, ensuring you get the most out of Amsterdam.

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News for locals

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