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The capital of the Netherlands is an enchanting place, with its romantic canals, superb art galleries and laid back attitude. For this reason, furnished Amsterdam apartments and rooms for rent are always in high demand. Luckily Nestpick has a huge range to choose from, and booking one is as simple as a few clicks. Whether you are interested in renting a furnished room in Amsterdam, or settling into your own apartment or flatshare, Nestpick has the widest selection and the best bargains.
Ask someone to list what they associate with Amsterdam and you might hear ‘tulips’, ‘windmills’ and ‘clogs’, but you’re also likely to hear ‘cannabis’, and ‘red light district’. But Amsterdam is so much more than wooden footwear and elicit professions.
The capital of the Netherlands is located in the North Holland province in the west of the country and comprises most of Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, with over 7 million people. Amsterdam is home to 1.5 million people from 177 countries and over 80,000 students, many coming from outside the country. Amsterdam has meandering canals and 1500 bridges, more bicycles than the tour de france, great cafe culture, laissez-faire liberalism, art and world-class universities. The city is truly international with over half the population having been born outside of the Netherlands and ⅓ being of non-western origin. 3.7 million people visit Amsterdam each year.The city has sizable communities of Moroccans, Turks, Britons, Germans and Surinames. English is widely spoken by native Amsterdammers and migrant communities.
Amsterdam isn’t the cheapest city to rent in, and a long-standing shortage of housing has driven prices ever upwards. When you move into your apartment in Amsterdam, you’ll need to provide a number of documents, so you can save time by getting these ready before you sign a rental agreement. These include authenticated identification documents (like a birth certificate or marriage certificate) as well as a visa or work permit. Amsterdam has a very high quality of life, with great public transport and low living costs (after accommodation that is!). Whether you are looking to rent student accommodation in Amsterdam or choosing between furnished apartments to rent here, you are sure to find a perfect home on Nestpick.
De Pijp is diverse, exciting, energetic and perfectly suited for young people. Shop or dine at the Middle Eastern restaurants at the Albert Cuyp Market, check out music venues and galleries, or hit the bars on the weekend. It’s also full of affordable accommodation, making De Pijp a good area to seek out furnished Amsterdam apartments for rent long term. In general, single bedroom apartments in areas like de Pijp will cost around 1,000 to 1,500 per month.
Amsterdam’s most exclusive neighbourhood, Old South is also the city’s cultural centre, being home to the fabulous Rijksmuseum and the Royal Concert Hall. It’s also a green area, encompassing the Vondelpark and Amsterdam Forest. Overall, it’s safe and prosperous, yet also home to the more relatively expensive for apartments.
If you’re looking to rent flats in Amsterdam but you fancy somewhere quieter, then Oost Watergraafsmeer might be the place for you. Its streets are treelined, there’s plenty of greenery and even garden plots for those who like growing their own food. The area is home to Amsterdam’s biggest ice rink and cemetery. The area isn’t known for its nightlife but there are a couple of nice, upmarket restaurants.
Grachtengordel is for those who want to live amongst the paradox of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meandering canals and...red light districts. Flats in Amsterdam, specifically in Grachtengordel, are found in quaint historic buildings nestled side-by-side along the numerous canals. The Red Light District or Rossebuurt, is a major draw for tourists. It’s considered reasonably safe and is extremely busy on weekends. Despite its open-minded atmosphere, you’re not allowed to take photos of the ladies while they are working.
Like most major cities in Europe, Amsterdam has areas which are undergoing gentrification. Oud West, historically a neighborhood for the economically-less-fortunate, is being reinvented. Inevitably, this has seen the opening of organic food shops, local produce markets and creative businesses. Two cultural hubs, OT301 and Lab111, are in the area, hosting creative events. Of course, judging the best places to live in Amsterdam is purely subjective; the best way to get to know a city is to live there yourself!
Often considered one of the best places to live in Amsterdam, Jordann is also one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods. Jordaan is more of a residential area and also tends to attract an up-market, wealthy crowd. It’s also a good place if you’re looking for student accommodation in Amsterdam.
For those on a limited budget, Noordermarkt holds a weekly flea market on Monday mornings and there’s an organic farmer’s market on Saturdays. If you want to be close to the centre and you enjoy window shopping in boutiques, Jordaan is the place to be. Jordaan apartments can easily cost 2,000 a month here, and families can expect to pay more than 2,500 for a three bedroom apartment. Although often cramped for space, the housing remains sought after.
The Eastern Docklands are very different to central Amsterdam, but no less enticing. Built on land reclaimed from the sea, the docklands are full of modern, comfortable furnished apartments and quiet neighbourhoods. It’s the ideal area for families and professionals.
If you’re coming from outside of the Netherlands there are a couple of things you should know before getting an apartment to rent in Amsterdam. If you’re planning to stay in Amsterdam for more than four months, you’ll need to register with the municipality (gemeente). International students are also required to obtain a Housing Permit before they are able to secure privately let apartments to rent in Amsterdam. An estate agent or landlord must apply to the Amsterdam Housing Department for the permit on your behalf. On average, student accommodation in Amsterdam will cost between €300-€700 per month, but of course prices vary depending on the area in which you live and the quality of the accommodation. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of utilities (gas, electricity, internet, municipal taxes, etc.).
Living and working in Amsterdam means you'll be in the business and financial capital of the Netherlands. Many influential companies have their HQs in the city, including Heineken, TomTom, Delta Lloyd Group, Philips, KPMG and ING Group. Many companies remain in the historic canal-side buildings but other key financial districts include Zuidas, the area around Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, Amsterdam Arena and the area surrounding Amsterdam Amstel.
Tourism remains big business with the city ranked as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. There are also strong retail sectors: upmarket designers, chain stores and independent boutiques.
Amsterdam together with Rotterdam is a popular destination for Erasmus students and those studying for masters degrees. University fees in Amsterdam are relatively low - and sometimes free - compared to other popular education destinations (particularly in comparison to the UK). Many courses are taught partly or solely in English making them especially attractive to international students. Amsterdam has both research and vocational universities and colleges of applied sciences. Two universities, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam are ranked in the top 100 institutions in the world. With such an impressive education sector, there is high demand for student accommodation in Amsterdam.
- Amsterdam has more bikes than people
- Percentage of people who cycle daily: 58%
- Number of houseboats: 2500
- Museums: 75!
- Concerts and theatrical performances per year: 9000
- Cafes and bar: 1515
- Nightclubs: 16
Tram: sixteen routes
Metro:four line (with a fifth due to open in 2017)
Three ferries carry pedestrians and cyclists across the IJ lake to amsterdam-noord and two fare charging ferries east west along the harbour
Like most capital cities there are numerous bus routes throughout Amsterdam Bikes are the most common and preferred method of transport