There is a wide range of office spaces available in Amsterdam, from inspiring shared work environments for freelancers to large modern buildings that can accommodate big corporations. How do you find your next business address in Amsterdam?
Expatica explains how to go about finding office space in Amsterdam.
Types of office space in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has office spaces to suit the diverse needs of the business world. There’s something for everyone from small start-ups to multinationals in a range of different environments. Office space in Amsterdam is one of three types:
Traditional office space in Amsterdam
This can be a room or rooms, often within a larger building such as a business center. Businesses get their own space that usually includes office furniture and WiFi. Some facilities may include extras such as office equipment, use of kitchen facilities, and other types of business support.
Virtual office space in Amsterdam
If you run a business where you aren’t in one place all the time, hire virtual office space in Amsterdam. This provides you with a business address that you can use for correspondence and registration with the chamber of commerce. Some virtual offices provide additional services such as admin and secretarial support (e.g., answering phone calls, booking meetings).
Co-working spaces in Amsterdam
This is a modern type of work-space where businesses and freelancers share space and typically belong to a community. Co-working spaces offer office space, access to equipment and Wi-Fi, and opportunities to collaborate with professional networks. Spaces are often geared towards specific professions (e.g., tech, creative, media).
Where to find office space in Amsterdam
There are a number of ways to go about finding office space in Amsterdam. The best place to contact in the first instance is the City of Amsterdam business support. This local authority service can help you find business premises, property owned by the municipality and creative spaces suitable for start ups. There is also a support team for each Amsterdam district and a page on the website for start-ups.
Other ways to find office space in Amsterdam include:
- Contacting amsterdam inbusiness. This is the city’s foreign investment agency who can offer support to anyone looking to bring their business to Amsterdam.
- Searching for office space through a directory or search engine. Funda in Business lists commercial properties for rent, Flexas has details of office space to rent, Coworker has information on co-working spaces.
- Asking for advice through local business or expat networks.
Who can rent office space in Amsterdam?
The diversity of spaces available in Amsterdam means that there is something for everyone from large businesses looking to relocate or set up a branch in the city, through to freelancers who want a business address and the chance to network with other professionals. Most premises are available to clients from outside the city, including international businesses and entrepreneurs – as long as they have a Dutch visa to operate in Amsterdam.
How to book office space in Amsterdam
Each provider of office space in Amsterdam has their own procedure for renting space. Co-working spaces normally charge a membership fee to join a network.
Once you’ve found a space, you will probably want to arrange a viewing. When your heart is set, sign up for a certain period (usually between three months and a year) and pay upfront fees. If you need to sign a lengthy contract, you may want to also get it checked by a lawyer.
Cost of office space in Amsterdam
The cost of renting office space in Amsterdam can vary from a few hundred to a few thousand euros a month depending on exactly what is available. Factors to take into consideration include things such as:
- Size of space in square meters
- Whether the space has furnishings
- What additional services or facilities are available
- What district of Amsterdam the premises is located in
- Whether access is 24/7 or just during business hours