Moving to the Netherlands From the UK

Put down your beer because the only Dutch courage you need to move is reading this article! If you want to know how to move to the Netherlands with a smile, keep reading. Each aspect of your move is outlined with easy-to-follow information. And, if you are ready to move we can also help you find the best international moving companies.

Cost of Moving to the Netherlands

How much does it cost to move to Holland from the UK?

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. Quick question; what is the total volume of your household belongings? No idea? Don’t worry you are not alone. In fact, many people greatly underestimate their removal volume. To avoid any unwanted surprises, feel free to use our removal volume calculator.

There is nothing worse than getting surprised by hidden costs. That’s why we have created a guide to all the international moving costs that you are likely to encounter.

If you’re moving your entire household, removal companies may use a container to ship your belongings abroad. To learn how to save money during this process, read our container shipping costs page.

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Moving to the Netherlands Checklist

When moving to Holland, 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?

The most important thing to sort out is a visa. Citizens of the EU and EEA are not required to have a visa whilst working in the Netherlands. However, it is still 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

Within the first week of arrival,  you will need to register at your local municipality (“Gemeente”). This is so you can be issued a BSN number (the Dutch equivalent of a National Insurance number). A BSN number is essential if you wish to work or open a local bank account.

We know this doesn’t sound like a lot of fun and is something that can be quite daunting in a foreign country. However, you can be assured that the Dutch are very friendly and, in fact, they are the best country in Europe for speaking English as a second language.

To help you with the process, we have listed the documents you need to bring with you in order to obtain your BSN number:

  1. Passport or national ID card (EU). Keep in mind that a driving license from an EU country is not acceptable proof of identity.
  2. A filled-in application form. You should search for your local “Gemeente” prior to departure.
  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.

Fun Fact: “Holland” is actually just a region within The Netherlands. By saying “Holland”, you are actually only referring to a part of this wonderful country!

Transporting Vehicles & Animals to the Netherlands

Don’t worry, your pets and cars can come with you when you move to the Netherlands.


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.

One thing to consider when choosing a removal company is to determine whether to transport your car for you. Alternatively, you could, take a scenic road trip through France and Belgium and deliver the car yourself!

Top Tip! We highly recommend that you pack your bike. The Dutch love to go from A to B on their bike and in many cities, it is the easiest mode of transport!


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. If you would like to more, read our moving your pets abroad page for more information.

Also, if you do not plan on driving to the Netherlands with your pet, be aware that it can become expensive to take a pet on an aeroplane. Organise this as early as possible to avoid paying high fees.

Moving to the Netherlands by the canals

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 from working in the UK. So, to prepare yourself here is an interesting article that gives you an insight into what working in the Netherlands is like.

There are many ways to find work in Holland:

  • 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:

Top tip! Make sure you pack high heeled shoes as the Dutch are reportedly the tallest people in the world! On average, the men are 5′ 11″ and the women are 5′ 6″!

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
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.

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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 we were able to add a smile to your move. For more ways to improve your moving experience feel free to check out:

  • Cheap Removals: Discover how to make your move much cheaper and save money.
  • Moving Tips: Look at our 21 steps for an easy move

Good luck with your move!