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21/02/2012Editor's guide to Where to live in the Netherlands

Editor's guide to Where to live in the Netherlands One of the most important decisions you’ll make when moving to the Netherlands is where to live. Here's a short introduction to our Where to Live section for the Netherlands.

The cost of housing, proximity to work, schools, whether international schools or local, and amenities should be considered as well as your preferred neighbourhood. Some people prefer to stay in neighbourhoods popular with other internationals, while others choose to live in areas popular with locals.

A poll of Expatica readers in February 2011 shows that about 30 percent of respondents live in housing similar to what they left behind in their home countries.  Plus, the majority of readers (60 percent) have chosen to rent in their host countries.
An earlier Expatica poll
reveals that when looking for expat accommodation, most people consider the neighbourhood (54 percent) and then price (24 percent) and a recent study shows that expat housing is tied to job success.

Living in the Netherlands
Rotterdam waterfront, with spotlights shining into the air to commemorate the Rotterdam Blitz

Which city, town or neighbourhood to live in

Expatica’s Where to live section offeres detailed articles on key areas in your new country or city of residence to help you start your search. Find out about the most popular cities and neighbourhoods for expats and locals within the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Leiden.

Living on the water

Expatica Netherlands also takes you through life on a Dutch barge or houseboat, and even a windmill, and introduces you to the concept of the floating home which has been developed in the urban projet of Ijberg.


Ask your fellow expats

Other expats are a great source of information about what different areas are like. Why not try asking in the Expatica forums for people’s impressions of the place you’re interested in? You can also ask our experts on Expatica's Ask the expert section for advice.


Expatica Housing Search
Use Expatica's Housing Search tool to help you find a place to buy or rent at the right price in the right location.

Especially if you don’t speak Dutch, it is worth seeking professional advice on your expat mortgage details and building permits.


In the following video, an advisor at ABN AMRO guides you through the necessary steps to arrange a mortgage in the Netherlands.



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