How to find and rent a room in Amsterdam

Housing in Amsterdam is at a premium, so students and interns (as well as locals) tend to have a hard time finding a room. We list several services and advertisers that list rooms for rent.

We also give details on how to avoid room rental scams. And did you know that certain types of properties come without renters’ protections (e.g. cancellation terms)?

Also: is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register?

Plus: What to do if you are being charged too much rent.

Amsterdam Rankings: Quality of Life, Cost of Living, Crime Rate, Culture…

Amsterdam again ranks fourth place on the index of the most dynamic cities in Europe as reported by Savills IM. Amsterdam is ranked as the 50th most expensive city in the world for expats according to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living Survey. The significant jump over last year’s position is due to the high cost of rental properties, as well as the strong position of the euro against the dollar.

Swimming in Amsterdam

We’re enjoying excellent, sunny end-of-June weather right now, and it looks like the warm weather will continue at least through the first few days of July. Want to cool off in the water?There are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.

Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels.

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam’s most popular museum

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

With 2.26 million visitors in 2017, it is not only Amsterdam’s most popular museum — but also the most visited museum in the Netherlands.

We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh Dreams

And you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.

2018: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.

Amsterdam street food delicacy: Herring

Without a doubt, the Dutch street food most frowned upon by tourists, expats, and immigrants, is herring. Squeamish tourists often assume the fish is eating raw, but that is not the case.

Herring is the Netherland’s national snack: If you’ve never tasted fresh herring you don’t know what you’re missing.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat this Amsterdam street food delicacy. Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season starte on June 13. They are especially tasty this year!

About DutchAmsterdam.com

This travel and visitors guide to Amsterdam, Holland, (“Dutch Amsterdam”) is prepared by a couple of Amsterdam locals – not by paid professionals, tourist office officials, or any other agency.

We love Amsterdam — a world-class city in pocket format — and truly enjoy sharing our knowledge about it with others.

Inside you’ll find facts, vibe, and serendipity.