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Moving to the Netherlands?

This is what you need to arrange

Moving to a different country can be very exciting. Especially when you do not have to worry about all the things to be arranged. That’s why we have put together a list of tips for you.


Practical matters

  • First things first, register at your local municipality. Once you have done this, you can take care of everything else that needs to be arranged. 
  • Make sure you have got the right insurances for your personal preferences, like a mandatory health insurance.
  • Are you also looking for a job? Read our tips in our article Studying and working in the Netherlands: how to find a job.


  • Get a Dutch bank account. This is the easiest way to arrange your banking properly and quickly.
  • Cash payments are becoming increasingly rare in the Netherlands. Read more tips about such money matters in our article: Payments and cash withdrawals in the Netherlands.
  • Familiarize yourself with the tax system, because no one wants to pay double taxes.

Getting around in the Netherlands

Preferably, the Dutch get around on their bikes. Although public transport is popular as well. Of course you can also drive yourself by car. Read our tips and find out what kind of transport suits you best in different types of situations.


Getting ready to live on your own

The moment has finally come: you’re leaving home and heading off to uni! From now on, you’ll really be in charge of your own life. Like every other student who’ll be living on their own, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready. Will you have enough money coming in each month to cover everything?


Getting around in The Netherlands

Most Dutch people prefer to get around by bicycle, either a regular bike or an e-bike. If they need to travel further afield, they go by train or bus. Some cities also have a tram or metro. 

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Payments and cash withdrawals

If you’re an expat, it’s good to know the best way to make payments in the Netherlands. Read on to find out more about the most popular methods used here.