Tips for moving to the Netherlands

Relocating to a new country can be both exciting and challenging. The Netherlands, known for its high quality of life, beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture, is a popular destination for expatriates. If you’re planning to move here, there are several key factors to consider to ensure a smooth transition.

1. Understanding Dutch Culture

The Dutch are known for their directness, tolerance and love for cycling. Embrace these cultural traits and you’ll find it easier to integrate into society. Learning a few basic Dutch phrases can also go a long way in helping you connect with locals. You can start with resources from the Dutch government website.

2. Navigating the Housing Market

Finding a place to live can be daunting. The housing market in cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht is competitive. Consider starting with temporary accommodation, like Cityden Aparthotels, to give yourself time to search for a permanent home.

3. Settling In: Registering and Legal Requirements

Upon arrival, you’ll need to register with the local municipality (gemeente) to receive a BSN (Burger Service Number). This number is essential for accessing services such as healthcare, banking and utilities. For more details, visit the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

4. Healthcare System

The Netherlands has an excellent healthcare system. It’s mandatory to have health insurance, so ensure you register for a Dutch health insurance plan within four months of arriving. More information can be found on Healthcare in the Netherlands.

5. Public Transport and Cycling

Public transportation in the Netherlands is efficient and reliable. Invest in an OV-chipkaart for convenient travel on trains, trams, buses and metros or there are also tickets available at the Front Office of all three of our locations. Additionally, cycling is the preferred mode of transport for many Dutch people. Consider buying a bicycle to explore the country like a local or it is also possible to rent a bike at all three of our locations. Check out NS (Dutch Railways) and 9292 for public transport information.

6. Understanding the Dutch Work Environment

The Dutch work environment values work-life balance. It’s common to work a 36-40 hour week with generous vacation days. Familiarize yourself with the employment laws and worker rights in the Netherlands. Visit the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information.

7. Language Barrier

While many Dutch people speak English, learning Dutch can greatly enhance your experience and opportunities. There are numerous language schools and online resources available. Websites like Duolingo and Taalhuis Amsterdam offer Dutch language courses.

8. Finding Community and Support

Join expatriate groups and networks to build a support system. Websites like Meetup and InterNations offer events and activities for expats to meet and share experiences. The website DutchNews.nl can help you stay updated on news in the Netherlands.

9. Education System

If you’re moving with children, research the Dutch education system. There are international schools available, but public schools also offer high-quality education. Learn more from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

10. Temporary Accommodation

Finding a comfortable place to stay while you settle in is crucial. Cityden Aparthotels offer a home-away-from-home experience with all the amenities you need. Consider staying at one of the following:

  • Cityden Zuidas: Located in the bustling financial district of Amsterdam, Cityden Zuidas offers modern, fully equipped apartments perfect for business travellers and families alike.
  • Cityden Stadshart: Situated in the heart of Amstelveen, Cityden Stadshart provides easy access to shopping centres, parks and public transport, making it an ideal location for a convenient stay.
  • Cityden BoLo District: Found in the vibrant Bos en Lommer district of Amsterdam, Cityden BoLo District combines urban living with a relaxed atmosphere, offering stylish apartments and excellent service.

Each Cityden location features Lucia’s Restaurant & Bar, providing guests with a delightful breakfast, lunch or dining experience. This on-site restaurant offers a convenient and delicious option for meals, making your stay even more comfortable.

Conclusion

Relocating to the Netherlands can be a smooth and enjoyable experience with the right preparation and support. Embrace the culture, stay organized with your legal requirements and take advantage of temporary accommodations like Cityden Aparthotels to make your transition as seamless as possible. Welcome to your new adventure!

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