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Gouda, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Gouda, Netherlands: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Gouda?

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

"Gouda is a city in the western Netherlands, known for its namesake cheese and other cultural attractions. Before moving to Gouda, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken, especially among younger generations and in business settings. However, learning some basic Dutch phrases can be beneficial for daily life and integration into the local community. The cost of living in Gouda is relatively high, as it is in most parts of the Netherlands. This includes rent, groceries, dining out, and general expenses. It's important to budget accordingly and be aware of the cost of living before making the move. The city is known for its cheese, but Gouda has much more to offer. It has a rich history, with many historic buildings and museums. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Public transportation in Gouda is efficient and reliable, with a network of buses and trains connecting the city to other parts of the Netherlands. Cycling is also a popular mode of transportation, and the city is well-equipped with bike lanes and bike parking facilities. The Netherlands has a high standard of healthcare, and this is true in Gouda as well. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage, as healthcare can be expensive. The Dutch are known for their directness, and this cultural trait is also present in Gouda. It's important to be straightforward and honest in all communications. The weather in Gouda is typically mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. It's advisable to have a variety of clothing suitable for all weather conditions. Finally, it's important to note that the Netherlands has a high standard of education. There are several good schools in Gouda, and the city is also within commuting distance of several universities," wrote one member in Gouda.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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