Moving to The Netherlands

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Netherlands: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Netherlands.

What do I need to know before moving to The Netherlands?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to The Netherlands, they said:

"Think long and hard about how you would live your life, what kind of life you really want. I chose to transition from working outside the home (US) to working at home (writer), so we wanted an urban, Dutch lifestyle. I actually enjoy wandering up to the shopping street to buy my daily groceries and run errands in the late afternoon. We use public transportation for everything except my picking up the kids from school (20 min. away) 3 days a week when they're in the middle of sports and activities (as they're in high school and have tons of homework). My husband walks to/from work, and we're able to eat meals as a family. My friends who live in the 'expat enclave' near the school 1) have no Dutch friends, 2) don't really speak any Dutch and 3) their husbands are 'ghosts' in their families - never around due to long commutes," explained one expat living in The Hague, Netherlands.

"Collect as much information ahead of time about where you are going. Come over for a scout around prior to the move. Rotterdam is a lesser know city for expatriates but they are here and active on forums," said another expat in Rotterdam.

"Always get in touch with a Real Estate broker who knows the market. It is worth the commission. Some of them do not even charge commission when you rent one of their own listings. NVM brokers work this way. There is a realy good expat housing website called www.pararius.nl it gives housing information in six languages and has a really nice google mapping system so you know whre to look and to find what kind of rhome rentals," added another expat who made the move to Amsterdam.

"Get in touch with df-amsterdam. they are great. I would be back at home if it wasn't for them (no kidding) ask them about me, or mail me () for their details," explained one expat living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"FINDING an apartment is the difficult part of moving to the Netherlands. Amsterdam is probably the most difficult place to search. People are on waiting lists for years to get even a small place. The more you are willing to spend, the faster you will find a place. Knowing people helps you find a goods place both in terms of getting advice on neighborhoods and in terms of hearing of vacant places. The best places never even get advertised--a friend will offer his place to another friend first," said another in Rotterdam.

How do I find a place to live in The Netherlands?

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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