Moving to Amsterdam, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect neighborhood, and more with our ultimate Amsterdam moving guide.

This stunning city known for its canals and architecture is a modern day business and cultural hub.

Canals? Check. Red light district? Check. "Special" coffee shops? Check. While these may be the things most tourists think of when Amsterdam comes up, there's a lot more to the city. This was, after all, the center of the Dutch empire, which reached from South Africa to India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. At one point in its history -- the so-called Golden Age of the 17th century -- it was the richest city in the world. The wealth from these colonies and other trading posts flowed back to Amsterdam, resulting in the magnificent architecture and art we enjoy today.

It's still a major business hub, home to giant companies like ABN AMRO, ING Group, Elsevier, KPMG, Philips, Heineken, and Akzo Nobel. In addition to these stalwarts, it's also a draw for the world's creative class. Dozens of fashion brands large and small are based here and entrepreneurs are making it the third biggest home for startups in Europe.

In recent years Amsterdam has enjoyed a rising profile and the spotlight has shown brighter since Brexit has generated speculation about which cities will replace London's role in the global order. This rising profile, however, has resulted in increasingly expensive housing, regardless of where you are renting or buying. This is pushing residents into neighborhoods previously considered rundown, though as they gentrify many are becoming desirable destinations. 

A lot of different things have contributed to Amsterdam's rise. The Dutch rank second in the world in English proficiency; the Netherlands has a great education system; it's a multicultural society home to 180 different nationalities (only about half of the city's population are native Dutch); and it's a tolerant city, with a strong LGBTQ community.

The diversity has resulted in a rich culture. Music, theater, and art are in abundant supply. Food has become its own art form, and you'll find everything from humble Middle Eastern restaurants to fine dining. And of course, just walking the beautiful streets along the canals is a show unto itself. 

It all adds up to a superbly livable city and it's no surprise that people from all over the world want to be here.

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) in Amsterdam and to find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Studio / 1 BR
69% Complete
1,488
2 Bedrooms
72% Complete
1,550
3 Bedrooms
84% Complete
1,800
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
2,150

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
37°F
3°C
Feb
39°F
4°C
Mar
43°F
6°C
Apr
46°F
8°C
May
54°F
12°C
Jun
59°F
15°C
Jul
63°F
17°C
Aug
63°F
17°C
Sep
59°F
15°C
Oct
52°F
11°C
Nov
45°F
7°C
Dec
39°F
4°C

Safety

Amsterdam is ranked as one of the safest cities in the world, though it does have pockets of higher crime.

Car vs Public Transit

Amsterdam has excellent transit in most neighborhoods, though biking is the standard method of transportation in town.

The ultimate guide to moving to Amsterdam

Regions and Neighborhoods of Amsterdam

Regions & Neighborhoods

Moving to Amsterdam? Find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Housing in Amsterdam

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in Amsterdam.

Transportation in Amsterdam

Transportation

Trains, trams, and bicycles. Learn how to get around Amsterdam.

Banking and Personal Finance in Amsterdam

Banking & Personal Finance

Figure out which local bank is the right one for you and learn how to open an account.

Education in Amsterdam

Education

Learn about the different education paths in the Netherlands, how to enroll your child in a school, and language requirements.

Internet Service in Amsterdam

Phone & Internet

Compare Amsterdam's main internet service providers.

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