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Living in Amsterdam, Netherlands:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

14 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Amsterdam, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Amsterdam what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Use a bike and/or public transportation to move around. It is close to the beach.

LUDOLPH, says: 2024

If you like to take chances, come to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and you may never use your return ticket. The most vibrant European city and its people will mesmerize you.

If you move to Amsterdam you need cash and very good friends you can stay with for a long time because a house/room in Amsterdam is almost impossible to get.

Dlorre, says: 2023

It’s super children friendly, despite the bad rap on weed and prostitution.

Amsterdam is a relatively small city and very family friendly. You can go everywhere safely by bike. Elementary public education is not very good, but it gets better at the middle school level. Culturally it has a lot to offer.

Angelika, says: 2023

Amsterdam is a great city for expats. It is a fabulous city with stunning canals. People should definitely be ready to ride bikes in Amsterdam. The biking culture is fantastic in Amsterdam. It is also very safe to do so. Car parking in Amsterdam is expensive. Hence, the ones considering to move to Amsterdam must adapt to the biking culture. It is also a very healthy mode of transport and can have significant health benefits.

Nithila, says: 2020

Featuring highly on most people’s bucket lists for an ideal weekend break, it actually takes much longer to look beyond the tourist highlights and get to know the warmth and charm of the Dutch capital and its residents. Amsterdam manages to strike the perfect balance between beauty and practicality, which is most perfectly typified by my daily commute along the city’s canals by bike.

Cycling is the preferred means of transportation. As such, while living in Amsterdam, it is important to know how to ride a bike. Cycling is the quickest way to traverse the city and provides you with significant flexibility. There are bike repair shops every few streets and cars give way to cyclists.

Gabriela, says: 2020

While many think that living in Amsterdam does not require you to learn English, I have come to learn that is not entirely true. I must say that when in a group of Dutch friends, knowledge of Dutch will come in handy.

Richard, says: 2020

Amsterdam is a lively city, in which there is always something to do. Every person visiting Amsterdam must be aware of the bicycles whenever crossing the street. Because of its high standard of living, it is a quite expensive city, especially for students. However, finding job is not so difficult, even for expats.

Genevieve, says: 2020

Before moving to Amsterdam, one must understand that the rental prices for apartments or flats are higher than other cities. Researching average rents should be the first step when moving to the city. Proper research will also lead to better budgeting that would greatly help anyone who wants to move to Amsterdam.

Genevieve, says: 2020

If you are moving to Amsterdam, know that the weather can come as quite a surprise. You might wake up to a very sunny and warm day but just minutes later, dark clouds would gather up and start pouring. The people here are very assertive and friendly.

Amsterdam is the capital of the country known as The Netherlands. However, the country is also known as Holland. This is because cities that shaped world history like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, are in either one of two provinces. North Holland or South Holland. In the city of Amsterdam many immigrants have found a new home. This is normal since the Golden Age. That’s why Amsterdam is the most tolerant city of the country. Over the last few years, tolerance has somewhat decreased. Nevertheless, Amsterdam is a city that appeals to many.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. It is a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. In Amsterdam, weed is legalized and you have many tourist hotspots. The weather in the Netherlands is bad tho, it is very cold in winter but the temperature in summer is decent.

Tanika, says: 2020

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