Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 6 months.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1-2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of the unit.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

Payment of the agent’s rental commission is typically split between the tenant and landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

In the Netherlands parents do not pay school fees for primary education, but schools may ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of extracurricular activities.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

International education is available at both state-funded and private schools throughout the country. Seventeen primary schools have officially implemented bilingual education.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When moving to Netherlands you may want or need to establish residency. Requirements may include town hall registration for EU citizens.  Non-EU citizens may require a work permit and visa approval in addition to registration at the local town hall.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Valid ID
• Current driver’s license
• Medical certificate
• Recent passport photograph

Additional Notes

You can exchange your license for a local driver’s license after minimum stay of 185 days per calendar year. It is recommended to contact the local office for the most updated list of requirements.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport
• Valid ID
• BSN number

Time Required

It may take 1-3 days for your account opening to be complete.