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DESTINATION PROFILE: AMSTERDAM

Housing
Amsterdam's fluctuating housing supply, including
occasional shortages, can lead to rent increases, so
expats are advised to read their lease agreements
carefully. An independent organization known as
!WOON offers tenant-rights support and help for
those seeking housing.
Rental properties can be found online or through
estate agents known as makelaars. Apartmenthunters are advised to bring their passports and
recent pay stubs to speed up the process and
improve the chances of winning the space.
While the city of Amsterdam covers about 219
square kilometers (85 square miles), the greater
Amsterdam area encompasses a broad region of
diverse communities. Most are home to international schools and offer convenient access to the city.
They include:
* IJmond, Zandvoort, and Castricum: The beach
on the doorstep of spacious villas and modern
apartments offers a coastal lifestyle, with surfing,
kayaking, and wildlife watching.
* Alkmaar, Bergen, and Hoorn: Traditional Dutch
villages dot countryside, lakeside, and rural
settings, while innovative businesses include
Microsoft's new data center and the European
Commission's Joint Research Centre.
* Zaanstreek and Waterland: Spacious and modern
housing co-exists with villages steeped in Dutch
history-picturesque with windmills, fishing
boats, and cheesemaking factories.
* Amsterdam, Amstelveen, and Diemen: The heart of
the region offers center-city living, with international
schools and communities, access to Amsterdam's
historic center, and world-class culture.

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* Haarlem and Heemstede: Beach on one side,
Amsterdam city center on the other. Explore the
charming, historic city center, plus excellent shopping, culture, and restaurants.
* Haarlemmermeer, Aalsmeer, and Uithoorn:
Homes here are modern and sustainable. Blooms
appear in vivid colors every spring in the
neighboring flower-growing region. Proximity to
Schiphol Airport, one of Europe's best-connected,
is a bonus for international travelers.
* Hilversum, the Gooi, and Vechstreek: Known as
"Green Amsterdam," where pristine forests and
shimmering lakes beckon outdoor lovers. Familyfriendly features include international schools,
safe villages, and green spaces.
* Almere and Lelystad: A cutting-edge vibe still
permeates "Amsterdam's New Land"-cities built
on land reclaimed from the sea. Outdoor spaces
attract music, culinary, and cultural festivals.
Amsterdam's Canal Ring-the network of interconnecting waterways built in the 17th century-is more
than a showcase for the opulent homes and businesses
lining its banks. This is the living heart of the city, host to
festivals including the orange-infused national holiday
of King's Day in April, the colorful, tuneful Canal
Parade during August's Gay Pride celebrations, and the
Grachtenfestival, the 10-day summertime canal festival
when classical and contemporary music fills the air.
The cost of living in Amsterdam is not low. On
Mercer's 2019 cost of living survey, Amsterdam ties
for 11th-highest among 231 world cities. Tight housing
supply puts the squeeze on prices, with a threebedroom apartment ranging from €3,000-€5,000
in center city to €2,000-€3,000 outside the city.



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