Tips for Relocating to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is well known for its liberal culture and reliance on the bicycle. Being one of Europe’s many centers of finance, this is an exceptional city to move to, both for business and pleasure.

thesqua.re has many serviced apartments in Amsterdam that provide exceptional amenities that make them completely homely. Serviced accommodations are better than rentals as most of the paperwork is all taken care of and there’s no deposit.

Here are our tips for relocating to Amsterdam:

Learn Dutch

Studying a new language can be an arduous but enlightening task. However, most locals will know English so you don’t have to worry about getting around as most will be able to help. Your job will require you to be able to speak and write Dutch which means you’ll need a teacher. Get lessons before you go (maybe you have a Dutch friend who can help?) or look up local schools in the city close to your dream property.

Organise documents, permits and paperwork

Make sure your paperwork is all in order before you go, it will save a lot of hassle later. You’ll need your passport (can’t go far without that), birth certificate, marriage certificate and any other legal documents. All paperwork should be authenticated and some pieces may be required in Dutch (check beforehand). If you live outside the EU/EEA then you’ll need your entrance visa, residence permit and work permit.

Find out the cost of living in Amsterdam

The cost of living in Amsterdam varies on your budget and living expenses. In short if you spend recklessly, then you’re going to pay more. However, if you’re prudent then you’re clearly going to save more. Do some digging on the web to see what your monthly costs could come to. We’ve done a bit of searching for you and found this site.

Set up a new bank account

You’ll need to open up a Dutch bank account when you arrive in the Netherlands so you can get paid your salary and pay for food and other expenses. You can set up a bank account in person or electronically. Be sure to have ID on you when you open your account. Do some research to find the bank that’s suitable for you.

Find the best health insurance provider

You are legally obliged to take out standard health insurance if you work and pay income tax in the Netherlands. Comparison sites can help you find the right deal. We suggest these ones: ZorgWijzer.nl, Zorgverzekering Informatie Centrum and Independer.

Exchange your driving license

Be aware that you can use your current driving license in Amsterdam for a certain period of time, after which you will have to register and obtain a Dutch one. If you possess a EU/EFTA license then it will be valid for 15 years from the date of issue, whereas if you are from outside the EU your license will only be valid for six months from the date you register at your local municipality.  Applications for a standard Dutch driving license costs around €40 (prices may change in the future).

Get the right accommodation

Living in the right property is the difference between a successful or stressful relocation. There are many sites that offer help with finding the right rental as well as putting you in touch with the right agent.

We recommend not to go down the usual renting route and instead opt for serviced accommodation. Why? Because you get all the features you expect from a home for a better price and more flexibility. No landlord. No deposit. Serviced accommodation is the way to go.

Start riding your bike

 Locals love riding on their bikes. You wouldn’t fit in if you didn’t take cycling to work and everywhere else very seriously. If you don’t cycle very often then a little world of advice; start now.