Choosing where to live in Amsterdam



Most people in Amsterdam live in apartment buildings. You can rent apartments that are furnished (gemeubileerd), partly furnished (gestoffeerd), or unfurnished (ongemeubileerd).

There is a shortage of rental properties in the bigger cities such as Amsterdam. Thus, prices for relatively good rental accommodation tend to be high. Prices typically vary between €600 for a 19th-century city apartment of 50 square meters in a reasonable state to well over €2,500 per month for a fully restored floor in a 17th-century canal house in the centre of Amsterdam. The prices and the choice of neighbourhood in Amsterdam largely depend on your lifestyle and your personal choices and priorities. Getting a real estate agent could be very helpful, as they can negotiate on your behalf and process the necessary paperwork. Just make sure that the agent you use is registered and legitimate.



  • One of the neighbourhoods located in the old centre, right in the middle of Amsterdam. Jordaan is now known as the city's "IT" neighbourhood with all its famous cafes, pubs, and several other canalside views. Be advised, that this is somewhat of a hipster neighbourhood, so there will be a nice bohemian and quirky atmosphere in the area. Finding good value accommodation in this area can be quite difficult as it's been popular recently, and you are most likely to pay more for a very small accommodation, but if your work is nearby and you thrive off the city centre of Amsterdam, then this is the place for you.

Amsterdam Noord (North)

  • Noord is a bit far out of town, depending on which side of the Noord you're looking at. If you're the type who can't stand the hustle and bustle of the city too much, then a place in this huge neighbourhood might just be what you need. In recent year, Noord has been developing into quite a hip neighbourhood, with the EYE Film Institute's arthouse films, and fantastic pubs and cafes at the edge of the river just across downtown Amsterdam. The Noord can also be a good choice for expat families for bigger accommodation options.


  • This neighbourhood is the commercial heart of Amsterdam and is perfect for people who would like to stay close to the business hub of the city. This is a neighbourhood that's ideal for single young professionals anxious to stay on top of their game, but it's also not without its own quirks. Haarlemmerbuurt houses the city's best record stores, book shops, and bakeries.

De Pijp

  • De Pijp is a popular neighbourhood among students and artists. For years, this neighbourhood has been the art district of Amsterdam, and it is still currently thriving from this funky attitude. This neighbourhood is a good place to look for apartments that feel very homey, but still quite central. There are many modern apartments available in this area despite its reputation of being one of the "hipster" neighbourhoods in the city. There are also several traditional Dutch houses available for rent or sale in this neighbourhood.

Eastern Docklands

  • This area is one of the most developed places in Amsterdam. There are several modern-contemporary buildings, apartments, and houses in this area. It is quite a different scene from central Amsterdam, and there's very little traces of the traditional Dutch houses on this side of town. It can also be less ideal for expat families, as the neighbourhood is fit for young professionals who are more interested in modern art than the vintage bohemian feel of central Amsterdam.