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Amsterdam is a wonderful city and the relaxed, broad-minded attitude of the Dutch people is a fantastic quality that makes them very open to newcomers from overseas. It is a city full of charm and character. It’s also extremely lively, free-thinking and has many lovely public parks.
In the city itself, you can get by speaking English, but elsewhere in the country, you’ll need some Dutch, which is not the easiest of languages to learn.
Expats are required to have private health insurance and the right immigration papers are required to obtain insurance, open a bank account or rent an apartment. Without a bank account, cash is required to pay for a lot of things.
An important cultural difference is, Dutch people are extremely direct – so much so, that it can come over as rudeness. Many expats find this difficult to take at first.
When looking for a place to rent, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams. These normally involve someone trying to collect money up front for an apartment they don’t have the right to rent out. Genuine rentals involve a strict vetting process with landlords being very risk-averse. And when looking for a rental home, it’s worth keeping in mind that “unfurnished” means there’s nothing in the kitchen, no curtains and sometimes not even any flooring coverings.
Of course, if you’re using Saunders 1865’s destination assistance, we will support you through every aspect of renting in Amsterdam. But a good first step, which is free, is to grab our new area report on the city by clicking on the button below.