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What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Consider the characteristics of the neighborhood, traffic in the area (for security and noise) and parking possibilities. Also note the proximity to public transport, schools, work, shops, cinemas, churches and other places you'll need to visit on a regular basis.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Amsterdam South and Old South - these are the most popular areas for expatriates in Amsterdam. Close to the Vondelpark, they provide the best of urban living along with the more leafy feel of a suburb. Transportation is excellent, with the city center only 20 minutes by tram and some areas within walking distance. There are currently no waiting lists for parking permits and the district is close to main motorway entrances.
- Rivierenbuurt - Also very popular with expatriates, this is a conveniently-located, upscale residential area. It has many shops, supermarkets and facilities and is also very well-connected by public transport and the main access roads.
- De Pijp - A trendy area that's more suitable for young expatriates without cars, this neighborhood has many bars and restaurants. It is also where De Albert Cuyp market—Amsterdam’s most famous market—is located. You can shop here for fresh fruit, vegetables or fish. This area is also very well-connected by public transport.
- City Center - Besieged by tourists in the summer, the beautiful, canal-laden central area of Amsterdam remains popular with some expats. Parking can be a horror, but a renovated house by a canal can make a beautiful home if you are prepared to dig deep into your pockets.
- Amstelveen - Just a stone's throw from Amsterdamse Bos (woods), leafy, suburban Amstelveen is a popular location for multinationals’ employees. A tram ride away from Amsterdam, Amstelveen is also home to Schiphol Airport. The International School of Amsterdam is located here, and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Generally, one month’s commission and a one to three months’ deposit has to be paid, depending on the estate agent and owner.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities are excluded in the rent of unfurnished houses. However, in the rent of fully furnished houses, the utilities are generally included.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
There are not really any security concerns specific to certain Amsterdam neighborhoods. Just note that you should always lock your bicycle and do not leave any valuable things in your car.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The electric current is AC 220 - 240 volts. Frequency (Hz) is 50. Electrical appliances from the UK are compatible. However, appliances from the US (110 volts / 60 Hz) need step-down transformers. For most appliances from EU countries, a simple adaptor should work for everything except the heavier appliances. These may require transformers as well.
Plug shape is the standard two-pinned type. Plug adapters can be bought in most electrical shops.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Compared to other cities in the Netherlands, Amsterdam has the highest cost of living. Renting a one-bedroom apartment starts at EUR 1,000 per month, excluding utilities.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.