How to find and rent a room in Amsterdam

Housing in Amsterdam is at a premium, so students and interns 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 scams.

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

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

Latest update: with demand outstripping supply, you need to stand out from the crowd when you respond to ads. We provide tips on how to sell yourself.

Swimming in Amsterdam

It’s the end of May, but we’re already having a stretch of summer-like weather. Fortunately 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. Updated!

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

The Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.

A new ticket & entry system introduced last May has now significantly reduced the legendary ‘eternal’ queues . However, with some 1.3 million visitors in 2016, visiting the museum takes some planning.

We explain the ticket & entry system, alert you to the busiest times, and have a serious warning about where not to get tickets.

Van Gogh Museum – One of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions

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

It is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, attracting 2.1 million visitors in 2016 — a historical record. Note: that’s just 100.000 fewer guests than the nearby Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ most popular museum.

Learn how to avoid the busiests days and times, where to buy Skip-the-line tickets, and how to get there.

Also: details about the collection, along with information about the upcoming temporary exhibition: ‘Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot: In the Forest.’

Amsterdam Public Transport Tickets

Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipcard — a paper or plastic credit card-size ticket with en embedded memory chip designed to be read by ticket readers on board public transport vehicles.

For most tourists, day- or multiple day tickets are the best deal. They entitle you to unlimited travel through Amsterdam – day and night – by tram, bus and metro. Ferries across the river IJ are always free.

Update: prices + information about cashless buses. Also: Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.