Life in Amsterdam
Are you soon graduating, and are you not sure what to study? Do you need a break from the books? Maybe you want to improve some language skills before continuing your studies?
Maybe you dream about being surrounded by beautiful mountains, and skii every fall/winter season? Or maybe you are more interested in diving, watersports and tanning on the beach?
Working in Amsterdam
- Average working hours per week: 36 to 40 hours, 7 to 8 hours daily
- Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 or 6:00 pm
- Number of Vacation days: 20 days / 4 weeks
- Commute: Mostly by bike or train/tram
- Work culture: Flat hierarchy
You can move to Amsterdam by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. There are pros and cons to all of the situations. If you consider moving abroad with any kind of friend it can be a really good idea to sit down and talk through practical and everyday stuff such as economy, bills, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking vs ordering, going out/staying in, how you deal with potentially going out without each other as well as having friends and family visiting (from near and far and extended visits). Apart from the practical arrangements, life is fun when you can share your new core memories with other people – so it is very recommendable to move abroad together. Moving with a friend can cause you to interact less with new people compared to if you move abroad by yourself. But if this is a good or a bad thing entirely depends on your personal goals and wishes as well as your personality.
Conclusion: communication is key if you and your friend decide to move abroad together
The best and easiest way to get around in Amsterdam is by bike, and the city is also suitable for walking around. Besides that it is recommended to buy the OV chip card (Dutch: OV chipkaart) which can be used to pay for buses, trams and metro.
You can find more detailed information about transport in Amsterdam here.
Because of the high population density there is rift about both jobs and apartments and you should start your search well in advance. There are many opportunities to search for housing from home. Facebook groups for expats in the Netherlands can be a great place to start, just as you can search on local housing portals.
Weather in Amsterdam is very dependent on the North Sea. During winter it gets chilly (around 3°C) and during summer it is light and mild (around 17°C). It’s also worth mentioning that Amsterdam (as a coastal part) has more hours of sunshine compared to the inland regions.
Amsterdam is a wealthy big city in Western Europe and therefore they have also have industry-leading innovation. Their working culture in influenced by an international and collaborative approach.
In case you consider living in Amsterdam long-term we recommend you to start learning the language properly. This will make everyday life much easier even though Dutch people are good at English. Prices for dutch courses varies from €290 – €340 per week, however HERE you can find more alternatives to learn dutch.
Still not sure about moving to Amsterdam
The Netherlands is very flexible towards finding a job since is not necessary to know the language. The capital, Amsterdam, is leading the way to a 100% of national employment, with very low unemployment rates. Amsterdam has a lot to offer for expats, with more than 50% of the population coming from abroad. The leading fields in the job market of Amsterdam are tech, marketing and communications, engineering and sales, so if you want to start your career in some of these fields fields, you should consider Amsterdam as your starting point!
Besides this Amsterdam is famous for its amazing canals, vibrant nightlife, iconic art and culture, and unique architecture. Summarized: Amsterdam is a picturesque, charming, fun and dynamic big city that has a lot to offer!