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Arriving in the Netherlands

Arriving in the Netherlands When you're arriving in the Netherlands, you'll need to arrange some things. Sometimes even before you're arriving. For example finding accommodation. Find out more about it in the list below.

Arriving in the Netherlands

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months you will need to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town where you are living. Registration regulations may vary from one council to another.

With a Dutch bank account you have more possibilites in paying automatically for your rent, paying at the supermarket, et cetera. If you use your card from your hometown it could possibly cost more to pay.

Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility.

Coming to the Netherlands sometimes requires a visa. Whether you can enter the Netherlands without a visa depends on your nationality.

By law, you must have healthcare insurance. The type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation. International students who study or work in the Netherlands are legally required to have health insurance. There are different rules that apply to different situations.

Healthcare in the Netherlands ranks amongst the best in the world, giving people access to the most advanced treatments and preventative care. Some things, however, may be arranged in a different way than you are used to.