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The Dutch housing market

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Moving can be a stressful event, particularly when moving to another country. How do you choose where to live in the Netherlands? Will you go to the country’s capital, or perhaps to a smaller city? What types of housing are there to choose from? What about accommodation for (international) students? What arrangements need to be made when moving to another municipality? How does the housing market in the Netherlands work?

Choosing where to live in the Netherlands

If you are relocating to a city in the Netherlands (e.g. Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht or Rotterdam), there are many factors to consider beforehand. Here's a handy list on how to choose the right neighbourhood for your new home.

Housing types in the Netherlands

Will you be living in an apartment or a house? What housing types are available to you as an expat? And which one will suit you the best? Read everything you need to know about housing types in the Netherlands.

Student accommodation in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a popular destination for international students, especially since many Dutch universities are internationally orientated and offer programmes taught in English. If you want to study in the Netherlands you might want to read about student housing in the Netherlands. It explains what options are available to you and how you go about finding student accommodation.

Change of address

What arrangements need to be made when moving within the same municipality? And what do you do when you are moving to a different municipality? Who should you notify? And what should you remember to do when moving within the Netherlands? You can find the answers to these questions on our change of address page.

Home utilities

When you move into a house in the Netherlands, you often have to set up your own utilities. What are the rules? Can you choose an energy or Internet supplier? Find the answers on how to set up home utilities in the Netherlands.

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  • Rental housing agencies

    Rental housing agencies

    Find rental housing agencies all over the Netherlands.
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  • Short stay rentals & Serviced apartments

    Short stay rentals & Serviced apartments

    Short stay rentals, serviced apartments and short-term accommodation for expats in the Netherlands.
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  • Moving companies

    Moving companies

    Moving to a new house? Find expat-friendly moving companies!
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  • Relocation services

    Relocation services

    Looking for an expat-friendly company to assist you in relocating to the Netherlands? Check out these companies!
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  • Dutch housing types

    Dutch housing types

    Is it better to rent an apartment, a house or a room? How about short-stay or anti-squatting? Here are the Dutch housing types that are available to expats.
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  • Choosing the right location for your new home

    Choosing the right location for your new home

    Problems choosing the right location for your new home in the Netherlands? Here's what to consider and what immediate actions to take!
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  • Moving to a new address in the Netherlands

    Moving to a new address in the Netherlands

    Are you in the process of moving to a new house? Here's how to register and who to notify in case of change of address in the Netherlands.
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  • Home utilities: Energy, Water & Internet

    Home utilities: Energy, Water & Internet

    Discover the main utility providers and comparison sites for energy (electricity, gas), water and Internet.
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  • Student housing

    Student housing

    How does student housing in the Netherlands work? What are your options as an expat? How can you find suitable student accommodation? Read on and find out!
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  • Anti-squatting (Antikraak)

    Anti-squatting (Antikraak)

    Squatting is illegal in the Netherlands but anti-squatting (antikraak) is a cheap housing option.
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  • Rentals in the Netherlands

    Rentals in the Netherlands

    Looking to rent a house, room or apartment in the Netherlands? Here are some important facts about Dutch rentals.
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  • Buying a house

    Buying a house

    Buying a Dutch property can be a smart investment for expats in the Netherlands.
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  • Dutch mortgages

    Dutch mortgages

    Buying a Dutch property often goes hand in hand with getting a Dutch mortgage. Here's what expats in the Netherlands need to know about getting a mortgage.
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  • Registration in the Netherlands

    Registration in the Netherlands

    Find out how to get registered, where and what documents expats need for the Dutch registration process.
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  • Rent benefit (huurtoeslag)

    Rent benefit (huurtoeslag)

    Are you entitled to receive the Dutch rent benefit (huurtoeslag)? Learn more about the rent allowance and what age and income requirements you should meet.
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