Moving to the Netherlands

Last updated: September 4, 2019

This article offers everything you need to know about moving to the Netherlands and what it is like living and working in the land of windmills and cheese. If you’re interested in seeing how much your move may cost, take a look at our international moving costs page.

Cost of Moving to the Netherlands

Household SizeTimeCost
1 bed flat<10 days£850 – £1,500
3 bed house1-4 days£1,600 – £2,200
5 bed house1-4 days£2,500 – £3,500

Above you can see the estimated removal costs for moving the entire contents of a house from London to Amsterdam.

The two main factors that affect the cost of moving is the distance and volume you want to move. You can calculate the volume of your belongings with our removal volume calculator. If you’re moving your entire household, removal companies will use a container to ship your belongings abroad. If you would like more information on this, read our container shipping costs page.

Moving to the Netherlands Checklist

When moving to the Netherlands, there is definitely a list of things that you have to consider before moving your life over there. Here is a checklist that goes over everything you need to do. Also, look at our moving abroad page for 34 things you also need to prepare.

Will I Need a Visa after Brexit?

Firstly, the most important thing to sort out first are visas. Citizens of the EU and EEA are not required to have a visa whilst working in the Netherlands. However, we’re unsure how this will change after Brexit. If you would like some advice you can read our Moving to Europe After Brexit blog or visit our visa in the Netherlands page.

Registering in the Netherlands

When moving to the Netherlands, once you arrive one of the first things you need to do is register at the municipality where you will live. This is very important as this means your BSN number can be issued to you. A BSN number is a Citizen Service Number, which is essential to have in order for you to get paid and to open a bank account. Moreover, you must do this within the first four days of arriving in the Netherlands.

Below is a list of the documents that you need when you register, so make sure you have these prepared before you leave the UK:

  1. Passport or national ID card (EU). Keep in mind that a driving license from an EU country is not an accepted proof of identity.
  2. A filled in application form.
  3. Original birth certificate translated in either English, French, German or Dutch and legalised by the UK government. Take a look at the government website on how you can do this.
  4. Tenancy agreement or rental contract.

Transporting Vehicles & Animals to the Netherlands

If you’re moving to the Netherlands and are planning on taking your pet or car with you, there are certain things that you have to consider. You can move cars and motorcycles throughout the EU area, but you will need an import permit for a tax-free registration of your car or motorcycle. For more information visit the tax authorities website on import regulations for your vehicle. You can get a removal company to transport your car for you. However, the cheaper option is probably to drive your car yourself!

Also,taking a beloved pet with you is a great idea, but there are some requirements for taking pets abroad. For example, your pet needs the right vaccinations and an EU passport. Look at our moving your pets abroad page for more information.

Moving to the Netherlands by the canals

Request Removal Quotes

One of the biggest ways you can save money on moving to the Netherlands, is to request removal quotes. This allows you to compare which is the best removal company for you! You can do this by filling out our quick and easy form from up to five removal companies. It only takes a few minutes and can save you up to 40% on your move, so there’s no reason not to!

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Opening a Dutch Bank Account

If you live in the Netherlands, opening a bank account will come in very handy for ease of payment, especially if you are staying for a long period of time. Here are the top three banks in the Netherlands:

You can call a branch to book an appointment or just simply walk into a branch to open one up. If you’re interested in finding out how much you may get taxed whilst living in the Netherlands, you can visit our taxes in the Netherlands page for more information.

Health Insurance in the Netherlands

It is compulsory to have health insurance if you’re planning on moving to the Netherlands. Also, you may be fined if you don’t get valid health insurance within the first four months of your arrival.

There are two types of health insurance:

  1. Compulsory basic insurance (basisverzekering)-approximately €100 p/m
  2. Additional insurance cover (aanvullende verzekering)

Here are some of the main insurance companies in the Netherlands:

Living in the Netherlands

If you still need persuading that moving to the Netherlands, is the best for you, this section explains several things that you can expect when living in the Netherlands.

Working in the Netherlands

Working in the Netherlands can be very different to working in the UK. So, to prepare yourself, here is an interesting article that gives you an insight in what working in the Netherlands is like.

There are many ways to find work in the Netherlands:

  • The Internet: This is the easiest way to look for work due to the endless amount of websites that can help you look and find a job that fits your skills in the area you are moving to. It’s a good idea to look on employee websites as well as most employers post vacancies on there.  Here are some examples:
  • People:Networking with different people can lead to discovering new job opportunities.
  • Dutch newspapers: Many senior positions are advertised in newspapers across the Netherlands.
  • Public employment service: The UWV werkbedrijf can help people in their search for work.

Housing in the Netherlands

Trying to find somewhere to live in Holland can be difficult, especially in the popular cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam! There are many estate agents that you can contact to help you buy a house. If you’re interested in moving your household belongings abroad, take a look at our top 10 international removal companies page. If you are looking to rent or share a flat, here are some online portals to help you find a room:

Living Costs in the Netherlands

Just like in the UK, living costs can vary from city to city. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are two of the most popular places to live, so here is a comparison of the living costs in each city:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
Amsterdam746377745832
Rotterdam715867715647
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Amsterdam£ 2,33£ 0,81£ 2,04£ 1.680,72
Rotterdam£ 2,22£ 0,78£ 1,69£ 873,57

Public Transport

One of the great benefits of living in the Netherlands is the variety of public transport available and how easy it is to use. The National OV-chipkaart is an electronic card that can be topped up with credit and used everywhere in the Netherlands. Not only that, but the card can be used to pay for the bus, tram, metro and train.

Moving to the Netherlands

What Next?

Overall, we’ve discussed many things on this page including moving costs, visas after Brexit as well as how to register once you arrive in the Netherlands. We hope that you have found this page interesting. Below are some other pages that may be of interest to you:

Good luck with your move!