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Cost of Living in Amsterdam

Summary about cost of living in Amsterdam:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.54 $ 11.03-22.06
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 66.17 $ 55.14-77.20
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.82 $ 7.72-10.92
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.96 $ 3.53-6.62
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.41 $ 3.31-5.51
Cappuccino (regular) 3.34 $ 2.76-3.86
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.60 $ 1.97-3.31
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 $ 1.10-2.76
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.50 $ 3.34-7.51
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.44 $ 1.00-2.56
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.63-1.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.76 $ 2.10-3.86
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.95 $ 4.00-10.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.62 $ 3.50-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.00 $ 3.50-11.84
Apples (1 lb) 1.11 $ 1.00-1.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.50-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 0.99 $ 0.65-1.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.32 $ 1.00-2.21
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.55-1.20
Onion (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.50-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.12 $ 0.98-1.65
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.04 $ 0.74-1.43
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.62 $ 5.51-8.82
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.43 $ 1.10-2.21
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.35 $ 1.92-3.86
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.72 $ 7.61-7.72
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.31 $ 2.43-3.53
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 103.67 $ 95.95-107.53
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.35 $ 3.52-8.27
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.17 $ 3.85-5.32
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 44.11 $ 25.81-49.63
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.95 $ 6.39-7.51
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,128.21 $ 24,262.72-33,085.52
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,390.97 $ 26,462.90-38,599.78
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 176.70 $ 110.29-275.71
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.21 $ 0.11-0.33
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 44.33 $ 30.88-60.66
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.36 $ 22.06-66.17
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.21 $ 16.54-33.09
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.23 $ 11.03-16.54
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,755.37 $ 772.00-2,205.70
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,571.55 $ 6,617.10-25,365.57
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 92.54 $ 55.14-121.31
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.56 $ 27.57-55.14
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.61 $ 71.69-132.34
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 137.06 $ 88.23-275.71
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,730.60 $ 1,323.42-1,985.13
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,298.60 $ 882.28-1,654.28
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,875.94 $ 2,205.70-3,859.98
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,033.79 $ 1,654.28-2,757.13
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 780.24 $ 614.74-973.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 515.37 $ 358.60-614.74
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,755.59 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.31 2.21-3.31

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61 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Sep 30, 2019 :
Amsterdam is not cheap but having lived in seven other European cities it falls somewhere in the middle - by my own experience. Buying property is definitely preferred to renting, though, as rental prices are ridiculous in my humble opinion (similar to London), but mortgages are both cheap (low interest) and are tax deductible.

Amsterdam is a lovely, reasonably affordable place if you can stand the terrible weather.
#Simon on Sep 02, 2019 :
Its not just that the income tax is high but its also the VAT that you pay for all of the stuff you buy.
Add to that high energy, fuel and water expenses and also money for a mandatory health insurance, rising transportation costs and sum that up with criminally high rents and you get a picture of how life looks like there. The banks have a monopoly over the housing market while the government' policies favour investors over locals and working people
If you dont earn 3000-3200 net a month you will be struggling given the fact that renting a room in Amsterdam is 800-1000 EUR a month.
And all that misery while the corporates use the country as a black hole for taxes.
If you are thinking about moving there: better go to Germany. This country advertises itself as a leftist while in reality life is getting worse and worse there every year for the average Joe.
For example: students are now sleeping in tents as noob unis are not getting them accomodation while enrolling them.
And the Dutch are complacit in it as they don't complain and they somehow think that it is rhe best country in the world: lekker!
#Anonymous on Aug 30, 2019 :
All of Europe is expensive especially since the Euro isn't going to rebound.After reading many posts about cost of living and wages it's obvious the majority aren't playing with a full deck. Currency value is and always will be the deciding factor to everything, period no matter which currency it is.
#MB on Aug 27, 2019 :
Amsterdam is a very expensive city, yet liveable city.

case 1 - single person living by him/herself within the ring.
a) rent between 1300 / 1500 per month
b) utilities between 150/200 per month
c) transportation 100 per month (free if you go by bike, you can buy a good bike + locks for around 250 Euros)
d) eating out, 5 times in a month, 200 Euros
e) Health insurance - 115 per month (+ excess, you'll still pay anything at least up to 380 Euros). This is mandatory as system, unfortunately, is private
d)groceries for a month - 200+ Euros
TOTAL: 2200 Euros circa.

case 2- single person sharing a flat within the ring.
a) rent between 800 / 1000 per month
b) utilities between 50/100 per month
c) transportation 100 per month (free if you go by bike, you can buy a good bike + locks for around 250 Euros)
d) eating out, 5 times in a month, 200 Euros
e) Health insurance - 115 per month (+ excess, you'll still pay anything at least up to 380 Euros). This is mandatory as system, unfortunately, is private
d) groceries for a month - 200+ Euros
TOTAL: 1500 Euros circa.

all those numbers are from personal experience. I now own a flat, and I work outside of Amsterdam, which means i pay 150 euros a month in train (by car, it would cost me roughly 300 a month to go to work). I can tell you, to be COMFORTABLE without worries about money, you need to be earning 60K per year on the 30% ruling, 75K without the ruling. This is my opinion, coming from a person that lived here for 6 years now.
#Anonymous on Aug 02, 2019 :
You are getting majorly scammed on your rent if you pay +- 3000 per month for a single appartment.

Also Health Care is very affordable, if you add your dental plan you are highly covered for 180 per month in total (high estimate)

Clothes you can find everywhere and there are a lot of high quality online stores available.

#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019 :
Hi,
To be honest I’m always surprised when reading about how much money people can save from 75k € gross annual salary in Amsterdam...
Maybe I have higher demands on a living standard as don’t have and don’t wanna children (I think this planet is overcrowded + I’m not a housewife type) and prefer to enjoy life and fancy vacation ....but from my experience, living in Amsterdam- 10 mins from Central station, renting 85sqm apartment as a single person and I spent more than 50% of salary on rental costs ...food and transportation is more expensive than in London ...
Health care super expensive ...the most expensive are dentists. Fashion & clothes are terrible for women- hard to find high quality and ellegant dresses for reasonable prices and the offer of female shoes is here just disaster - no style as many Dutch women go to work by bicycle so sorry for saying that but any even average woman from
Eastern Europe feels in Amsterdam like a miss of the world. Fortunately there is still an option to order clothes from Italian websites. Clothes for men are of a good quality. Whenever possible it’s much more cost effective to buy own property as rental costs especially if you want a good standard and don’t wanna a shared house or live in a suburb are crazy here in Amsterdam.
#Jackeline Diaz on Jul 24, 2019 :
Hi! Planning to visit next summer, are the prices above correct? trying figure out the average pricing and not sure if the price share are accurate or not.
#Eastern Europe miss on Jul 22, 2019 :
"..even average woman from
Eastern Europe feels in Amsterdam like a miss of the world."

HELLO?!

Do you even know how we look like 'no good shoes in Netherlands'ignorant person?
#Camel on Jul 19, 2019 :
---> sheilla, the unemployment level is very low about 3.7% that means a job can be found quite easy, just you have to well educated or very good working person...the salaries are highest among all EU and many foreigners wants to live there...chi chi chi....LOL
#sheilla on Jul 12, 2019 :
Hi guys,
I am living in Sydney, Australia waiting for my citizenship to be processed and to finish my bachelors in nursing in a few months. I don't see myself settling here as life is just too busy and I have zero social life plus my heart doesn't feel at home. I am looking into moving to Europe to practice as an RN and Netherlands is one of the countries on top of my list. I guess my questions are;
1. how hard/easy is it to find a job as an immigrant with zero Dutch language?
2. what is the average salary of an RN?

I am planning on pursuing masters after I am all settled. Any suggestions and views are welcome. Thank you
#Lavolpe2 on Jun 14, 2019 :
Opinions on surviving off a salary of approx €40k a year (3-year graduate program in finance in Schiphol area) in Amsterdam.

I am currently living in Helsinki (studies) and I have heard the cost of living in Amsterdam is more expensive, which as an Australian, I find Helsinki to be very pricey as it is.

Appreciate the feedback
#Anonymous on May 20, 2019 :
I'm from the East visited Amsterdam on five different occasions to possibly live there and other parts of Netherlands.On average I make 35k € monthly.I didn't find the Netherlands to be acceptable due to the mindset of people in general.
#ActuallyRealAmsterdam on May 18, 2019 :
I am earning 10k € per rmonth growth. And it is an average salary.

Real salaries are 15 - 20 k € per month. We have many friendly immigrants in the Netherlands. I love friendly guys from the East they have the real European culture and integrate into our society quickly.

The housing prices are very low now. For 80K € you can buy a big house! Come and enjoy our city.
#ActuallyLivingHere on Apr 28, 2019 :
Amsterdam is expensive. I live a relatively upscale lifestyle at 6k€ gross / month, and manage to save about 15k per year. My mortgage for my 375k€ 2018-purchased 60m² apt in the city center is 1700€/month. After benefits it's roughly 1500€/month. I needed a down payment of more than 15k€.

My salary is roughly 2.5x the avg salary here.
#Anonymous on Apr 26, 2019 :
Living in Amsterdam from birth. Great place to live. Prices for houses are low, 500K euro. And salaries are big too 300 - 400 k per year.
#C on Apr 17, 2019 :
Amsterdam is most expensive city I've visited in Europe to be honest. £7 for a pint, and £20 for two kebab meals. #ripoff
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019 :
> So finish my 3 comments below I totally agree with the view and comment of #PersonActuallyLuvingInAmsterdam underneath.
Amsterdam is really expensive and don’t understand comments that Amsterdam is cheap ... those people must either live in a parallel universe or in a social houses.
Real estate market is insane and tenants have often to bid like in auction and pay more to get a good apartment to rent.

People saying Amsterdam is cheap are obviously trolling because Amsterdam residents KNOW that it's an increasingly expensive place to live. Rents are high and higher, social housing is being allocated to illegal migrants wholesale, and free market apartments are sold to Ukrainians and Chinese mafiosos for thousands more than the advertised price. Then there are all sorts of regulations that are keeping some middle incomers homeless - you pretty much either need to make a lot of money or be a lazy leech migrant to get a place.
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019 :
So finish my 3 comments below I totally agree with the view and comment of #PersonActuallyLuvingInAmsterdam underneath.
Amsterdam is really expensive and don’t understand comments that Amsterdam is cheap ... those people must either live in a parallel universe or in a social houses.
Real estate market is insane and tenants have often to bid like in auction and pay more to get a good apartment to rent.
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019 :
So if someone below was saying it’s the cheapest place in Europe it’s a total bullshit. Many services are even more expensive than in London but specifically Amsterdam is much cleaner and safer and good thing is that Dutch people love work life balance working from 9:00 to 17:00 and many are also working just 4 days a week so the social system is really good.
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019 :
So if you wanna live a good life incl. vacations, leisure activities, etc. it’s almost impossible to save something from 75k annually and at least 90k is perceived as a good salary incl. 30% ruling.
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019 :
Hi,
To be honest I’m always surprised when reading about how much money people can save from 75k € gross annual salary in Amsterdam...
Maybe I have higher demands on a living standard as don’t have and don’t wanna children (I think this planet is overcrowded + I’m not a housewife type) and prefer to enjoy life and fancy vacation ....but from my experience, living in Amsterdam- 10 mins from Central station, renting 85sqm apartment as a single person and I spent more than 50% of salary on rental costs ...food and transportation is more expensive than in London ...
Health care super expensive ...the most expensive are dentists. Fashion & clothes are terrible for women- hard to find high quality and ellegant dresses for reasonable prices and the offer of female shoes is here just disaster - no style as many Dutch women go to work by bicycle so sorry for saying that but any even average woman from
Eastern Europe feels in Amsterdam like a miss of the world. Fortunately there is still an option to order clothes from Italian websites. Clothes for men are of a good quality. Whenever possible it’s much more cost effective to buy own property as rental costs especially if you want a good standard and don’t wanna a shared house or live in a suburb are crazy here in Amsterdam.
#xerxes on Feb 23, 2019 :
How is a salary of 100K Euros (Before tax) to stay in amsterdam with my wife and two kids (both schooling age).

Also what is the 30% tax ruling?

Thank you.
#citizenOfAmsterdam on Feb 17, 2019 :
@Vivek, with 70-75K you can save up 3-4K euro per month. Consider having holidays twice a year, owning a car and eating out every day.
The prices are low now. So it is a good place to save money and enjoy life.
#Vivek on Feb 12, 2019 :
How good a salary is anything between 70-75k euros in Amsterdam? How much can I expect to save with my kid and my wife? My kid is 1.5 yrs old.
#realAmsterdammer on Feb 03, 2019 :
Hey, the real prices in Amsterdam and it is the cheapest place in Europe. Believe me, I am living here for 30 years. Plenty of jobs with 100K €/year. No problems with migrants. Good place. The prices on housing are quite good and the rent is very cheap.
#Andrian on Feb 03, 2019 :
to Evgeny, the 3500 is enough in Amsterdam. You can save up to 60% with this salary.
Prices are going down. You can find an apartment for 300 - 500 EUR.

You can ask more money as average salary is 10000 EUR per month.
#Evgeny on Jan 25, 2019 :
Hello to all Dutch people, I'm an IT professional and a Telecom giant is offering me to move to Amsterdam for a 1 year project, with potential extension of the period. I have been looking for more info about Net monthly incomes for IT people, with skills similar to mine, and I have an idea of how much I would need, I requested around 3000-3500 EUR, after taxes, per month. Nevertheless, I was not expecting Amsterdam to be so expensive, I'm from Moscow and I earn around 2700 EUR, after taxes, I have my own 2 bed-room apartment in a good area and from my salary I can save around 40 % of my income as i do not have a family. The question to you is if I would be able to save 35 % in case i got a 3500 EUR net salary in the year of 2019 in Amsterdam, no accommodation is being offered by the company ?
#Anonymous on Dec 19, 2018 :
I see people are still delusional about the migrant problem in Amsterdam. Seems they don't read the news or use social media or talk to people. Women are being harassed all the time and the police won't do a thing because migrants can do whatever they want, and why wouldn't they, they have the support of such people as the commenters below. As long as the commenters aren't the victims they don't care about others. Very typical.

And who in the world is going on about how cheap Amsterdam is? Salaries of 10 000/month??? 500/month for a 2 bedroom??? I agree with #PersonActuallyLivingInAmsterdam that these people must be living in an alternate universe, as are the people who seem to think migrants aren't committing the crimes we all know they are committing.
#Anonymous on Aug 30, 2018 :
How hard is it to work as an english student...who also speaks french and just a tad of German
#Mark on Aug 01, 2018 :
Is It safe to live in Amsterdam? I heard a lot of bad words.
#Anonymous on Jun 07, 2018 :
Living in Amsterdam suburbs is quite cheap. Apartment 500 €. And family of 2 can live on 1000 € / month. Good luck
#Red Light District on Jun 04, 2018 :
Even within the Amsterdam Areas there's a lot of difference. In the Red Light district / city center you pay a lot more even in supermarkets! But in West, you would pay less for the exact same products in the exact same store! I worote about it on my blog serveerstersgeheimen . nl Check it out!
#Anonymous on May 29, 2018 :
In this city, you can find decent 2 bedrooms apt for 500 €. After London, I feel much better here.
#Anonymous on May 28, 2018 :
Being said Amsterdam is the cheapest city in Europe. Average salary 10,000 € / month. Though rent is pricy - about 300 €/month for 1-bedroom and 600 € / month for 3 bedrooms. Eating per month is about 100 € / month per person.

Any migrants are welcome, we need more people here.
#Anonymous on May 22, 2018 :
I'm Hispanic of Mexican decent and I'm thinking of relocating to Amsterdam. How do the people feel about Mexican migrants going into their country? I can cook them some bad ass Mexican food if they like!!
#PersonActuallyLivingInAmsterdam on Apr 26, 2018 :
People saying cost of living in Amsterdam is low must be living in an alternate reality, or come from an even crazier city in terms of cost of living (e.g., London, NY, SF).

The housing market is insane, with high demand and little offer, plus ramping speculation and illegal AirBnB apartments everywhere that are driving prices up 20% year over year since 2016. Rental agencies ask for absurd requirements to potential tenants, for example a very common one is that your gross monthly salary has to be around 3.5 times the monthly rent. With apartments anywhere in Amsterdam (even +30 mins in public transport from the center) being a minimum of 1500€/month it means you would need to earn 5250€/month, which with the average salary being 3990€/month means you won't be able to afford anything. That's it, unless your income is so low you qualify for social housing, but that will come with its own share of hardships.

Utilities are relatively expensive too, but you also have to pay municipal taxes for garbage collection and sewage (about 300€/year iirc). Health insurance is also quite expensive compare to most European countries, having to pay +110€/month per person and covering most of the costs yourself until a deductible of ~380€/year.

In other words: don't listen to the trolls in the comments section. Amsterdam is surprisingly expensive
#Kallli on Apr 22, 2018 :
Last year (2017) the prices on houses dropped. Anyone can afford a house or apartment for decent price.

The cost of living is decreasing over 5 years. Cheap food and restaurants. Quite a nice place. I definitely recommend.
#just me on Apr 08, 2018 :
Yeah, Amsterdam is a very cheap city. The prices are very affordable! If you make 65K euro /year and a family man, you can save up to 50 K per year!!!

The food is so cheap so you need just 20 euro per month per person! Where do you find such good deal in Europe? Come here and enjoy life!

The childcare is so cheap 160 euro/month! Just think where you can get such a good deal.

The gasoline is just 1.58 €!!! It is even cheaper then in US.

The US is so expensive! And Amsterdam is so cheap and you can enjoy the good weather here!
#Anonymous on Mar 22, 2018 :
@Anonymous: there is something that do not add up here. "We make a family income of about 65K and we are not saving anything, we have two little children....with daycare costing 1700 Euros per child for five days a week."
Me&my spouse make double that and we are still eligible for childcare refund. I think this is very important to list in here, childcare can become super-cheap with the tax that you get back for childcare, I know people that pay as little as 160 euro/month. The only condition is that both parents need to be working, but if you don't you do not even need childcare full time 5 days a week
#Anonymous on Mar 07, 2018 :
@Anonymous: Funny thing I never hear all those complaints about refugee assassins on the run and I am a German in the Netherlands...I own a house just south of Schiphol airport and we have a mosque in my city and many muslim people, we never ever had any issues with them. To be honest, if there are issues these are mostly with stubborn locals (there are nice and stubborn people everywhere, I don't put it down to their origin). Also, I quite enjoy the quirkiness and the exotic food that comes with it. If you like croquettes and stropwaffels every day, thats up to you. I really like Couscous and Indian food.

As to the costs of living, Amsterdam and the entire Randstad around it are really crazy expensive. To be honest, many locals that we know are really struggling even when they have good jobs. Forget having a big car to ferry the kids around or to go on cross European trips unless its officially a campervan or at least 20 years old, as by that time your tax will be reduced. Also if someone is from outside of the EU, after some time you will need to pass the Dutch driving licence test, which is very complicated compared to Canada and the US and costs thousands.

We make a family income of about 65K and we are not saving anything, we have two little children, one car and pay a very reasonable mortgage as it is outside of Amsterdam. I am looking to move either countries or jobs to have left over more money. So far it looks like we will move countries as with daycare costing 1700 Euros per child for five days a week, it this moment one of us just can't work at all and once you earn over 60K a year, you are really screwed by the Dutch revenue service as you will be left without any benefits and on top of that pay more taxes.
#Anonymous on Feb 19, 2018 :
@#Anonymous

So... she's Dutch and of course lives in denial, you're not... but you know better and no more no less you want lo leave the whole region (Western Europe) because of the migrants.
Last medical check what the doctor recommended you ?
#Anonymous on Feb 06, 2018 :
@ #Daley

I'm not Dutch but nice way to show your ignorance. Being realistic about the awful situation in Amsterdam isn't the same as being negative. The migrant problem is getting worse by the day (though it's true that it's definitely worse in other EU countries), but we all know that there are people living in bubbles like you all over Europe who continue to pretend everything is just fine.

THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH MIGRANTS. There are bomb threats at train stations and other places not only in Amsterdam but also in other places in the Netherlands.

Violence against homosexuals is on the rise in the Netherlands. Before the end of January there were at least three attacks in Amsterdam alone. The criminals are always from the same group.

I'm so sick of the political situation in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, so I only briefly read about the latest debacle before getting nauseous and having to give up, but there are people in Amsterdam who want to scrap the mayoral election and have a specific group of people hand pick the mayor, as they suspect a right-wing mayor might be elected, since an increasing number of people are getting fed up with the migrant problem. So yeah, they want to scrap democracy in order to uphold violence.
#Bob on Jan 11, 2018 :
Amsterdam is a very overpriced city. The prices as high as in London.
The average price for rent of 2bedrooms is 1800 - 2500 EUR. The food price is huge, eating out and at home cost a lot.

People working on decent jobs pay high taxes so all money goes. Do not believe good reviews. It can be locals who want to make a good impression.
#Daley on Jan 03, 2018 :
Very negative person down here. There might be some criminal refugees but most are still on the run for war or a bad situation. I would like that people would help me when war breaks out here. But a lot of Dutch people are very negative and forget the humanity aspect of things. That aside, Amsterdam is still completely fun to live in. I live in the South which is a pretty expensive place to buy a home compared to the city center it is a bit cheaper but still one of the most expensive parts. Cost of rent for a 80 m2 apartment can be around 2000€ a month. Buying a home is atm much more expensive than is listed. Our house is recently valued at 530000 for 79 m2. Do have to say it is luxuriously built. But Probably will even get overbid. So outside city center 80m2 house will cost you in good areas 500000 or something, cheaper areas 400000 and up. The housing market is crazy here atm. It was 3 years ago 40% cheaper. For a family home with like 4 bedrooms expect to pay up to a million not kidding. It is crazy to buy. The rest of the prices I find accurate. I find it fun to talk about these thing anyone having questions about Amsterdam I am willing to answer (29 yo woman with an pretty decent/normal income and life here). You can ask me through instagram @dutchdaleyy
#Anonymous on Jul 30, 2017 :
Guys, Amsterdam is no longer a great place to live. It's WAY overpriced, WAY overcrowded, WAY overhyped, WAY overtaxed. The city has about 1million residents, plus 17million+ tourists a year, plus a regular influx of hundreds and hundreds of migrants passing for refugees, plus a growing, troublesome Moroccan population, plus a government that taps into your bank account whenever it feels like you need to pay some new tax (read about renters paying water taxes for previous tenants).

So I'll be honest with you: I'm fed up with this place! So sorry, but my reply won't be painting you a rainbow view of Amsterdam:

@Canadian: Yeah, what you found online sounds about right. Sure you can buy that kind of house - as long as you have a lot of money. You can go outside of Amsterdam to places like Zwolle, but really, if you're going to live there you might as well stay in Canada.

If you want an actual house in Amsterdam you might be able to find some nice completed ones in Ijburg for about 1million euros. Also, there's a big brouhaha because of "efpacht", which is making homes even more overpriced. A lot of expat families like to live in Hilversum so do check it out, or Rotterdam (where I personally wouldn't live). There's always the option of buying a bigger place in one of the horrible Muslim neighborhoods. Good luck with that...

-Healthcare and schooling: health insurance costs about 100E/month with a 385E yearly deductible, and it SUCKS. Good luck getting the ER *not* to turn you away when you show up doubled over because of an infection. Primary and secondary schools are free but not childcare or university. There's govt assistance for families but not sure you qualify with a high salary.

-One of the reasons I want to leave Western Europe is the "refugee" situation. Many people are fine with it, of course, though not the people who were hacked/shot to death in many places in Germany, France, Sweden etc. For some reason we don't have much migrant violence in Amsterdam (we mostly have a riot or some rapes in asylum centers), but we do have a lot of problems with MENA Muslims, mainly Moroccans, and attacks against gays are on the rise, and there are police stationed outside every single Jewish anything in town. Amsterdam is opening yet another asylum center, while the working class continues to not have affordable homes to live.

-Car: I don't have one but I hear it's expensive, and depending on where you live you need to get on the parking wait list. If you live outside the ring there shoudl be free street parking though.

@Vanessa: cost of living is high, especially housing and especially if you have kids. You can get govt assistance depnding on your income, though. Salaries are not great and have not kept up with the ever rising cost of living. With that many kids you'll need at least a 3-bedroom apt, which you could rent furnished for about 2,500E - it's much cheaper to buy, thoguh I'm not sure what the deal is with erfpacht. I don't know what you do but minimum wage is under 10E/hour, and health insurance (100E/month for a single person) is not free and it's mandatory.
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2017 :
Hey am a young kenyan girl looking to move there, i just want a pretty simple place to live in low rent but at a good neighbourhood with good people.I also don't want to spend alot of money.How much do you think i would need in a month
#Canadian on Jul 27, 2017 :
So I am wondering if moving from Canada would be a good idea. I recently got an offer from a company and I may be able to drag them to a 100,000 Euros, which is equivalent to what I am earning here. Here are my questions:

- In Toronto I can own a massive (4 +2 bed, 4 bath, 3000sqft) newly built house for around $600K (equivalent of 410K Euro) - can I buy this kind of a house in Amsterdam or within a 1 hour commute? I tried to look online but most of the houses were 1.5Million Euros or above and looked like matchboxes. The insides were mostly like a museum.
- We have free healthcare and free schooling in Canada - is it the same in Amsterdam?
- I hear a lot about the refugee situation in Europe, I don't know how bad (or good) is that - is it worth taking a leap?
- Car ownership: We have two cars here, I love driving, will I be asking for trouble buying and maintaining a car in Amsterdam? Parking, insurance wise?
#Vanessa on Jun 22, 2017 :
Hi there,
we are a family of 4 kids ages are 6 and 9, we are from South Africa, Cape Town but are desperate to immigrate. We love Amsterdam and are starting our research to move there. I'm trying to get an honest opinion on average salaries and cost of living?
#No supermarkets? on May 15, 2017 :
Open Google Maps and search for Dirk, is a chain of supermarkets spread in all neighborhoods of Amsterdam, centre included.

Expensive but depends for which standard, for an Italian student probably yes, for a skilled specialist from any big Asian city is probably not that expensive.
#Anonymous on Mar 22, 2017 :
just returned from amsterdam. very dear place! couldn't find one supermarkek in the town centre,
#David Dooling on Sep 09, 2016 :
I am considering opening a small vape shop in Amsterdam. What would the rent amount to with utilities?
#Jesse on Sep 08, 2016 :
Amsterdam is in the shitter. Prices are going up faster than this site can be updated. 1,300e for a 1-bd? In your dreams. For 1,500 you might find one in a shitty neighborhood OUTside the city center, which is crawling with bloody tourists.

The city is way overpriced and honestly, nearly all the interesting people who made this city as wonderful as it have been pushed out by skyrocketing prices.

For a single person more realistic monthly expenses are around 1,200e - if you find a dingy room in a shitty apartment to share with 3 other people. On your own? Good luck.
#Anonymous on Jun 14, 2016 :
For # sunil
You should stay in the USA go back to school. Learn English and how not to depend on other govt. or your own. Applauded
#Nashe on Jun 11, 2016 :
Hello I am a Namibian visual artist and I would like to move to Netherlands to make some living..we do not really have art support here our art industry is too small, we get supported by European tourist, especially tourists from Netherlands, Germany, England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland..I tried to apply for studies but I can't get financial support to further my knowledges and skills..Any Help I will be grateful and appreciate.
#aisal on Apr 20, 2016 :
Hi, i am going to come to Amsterdam for living, i want to start a business there in amsterdam, a confectionary, i am a qualified one, with delicious traditional Tabrizian sweets,. Is it a good moneymaker job? Let me know aboutit. I have a 10 year old kid.
#Angela Hartman on Apr 06, 2016 :
Don't do it! We are family of three spend about 6000 a month. Rent, health insurance, day care ( only 2days a week 720 euro a month!) food etc. not including holidays and not going out all that much. Quality of life is not that great.
#Estefania on Feb 29, 2016 :
Hi! my boyfriend and I are looking to move to Amsterdam for 1 or 2 years he has a full scholarship for his master degrees, and i'm trying to find a job. We wanna know the approximate expenses of living there monthly, including the rent of an aparment (with furniture), grocery expenses and services like water, electricity, gas , etc. and maybe an occasional night for good food. Thanks any comment will serve!
#Sunil on Feb 10, 2016 :
Hi,
I am planning to move from US to Amsterdam. A clear answer to following will be great.
1. Rent 3 bedroom apartment with furnishing like refrigerator, stove, microwave, drier & cleaner, etc?

2. Grocery for family of four?

3. Utility cost (Electricity , Internet , TV cable)

4. Daycare cost / month

5. Schooling cost? Do they have English schools or Dutch schools only

6. Travel cost (public)

7. How much for buying independent house?

8. How is weather? Is it cold through out?

9. How much is the tax?

10. Cost of health and life insurance?

11. What benefits does Govt. provide to working expats?
#Ashot on Jan 27, 2016 :
I'm 28 YO old male frome mother Russia, im living in the most fashist country in the world, im not russian and they tryying discriminate me all time, how can i move to Neatherland for taking
political refuge
#KiwiInDam on Nov 12, 2015 :
@Luke

I just moved to Amsterdam, I'm also originally from NZ. I think it would be a bit hard for a family of 4 (depending on your children's ages) on that salary if your wife isn't working. If she was working then it could be manageable if you could get your total income to circa EUR70-90k per annum.

Rentals are expensive here and there is a big lack of options. Renting in Amsterdam is quite expensive and if you do take the plunge with that salary it would be best to look in a place like Amstelveen which is not too far away from the city. If you want to be based in and around Amsterdam you would expect to pay EUR1700 to EUR2000 per month on rent to cater to a family of 4 (2 bedrooms). Apart from rentals most other costs are similar to NZ.
#Luke on Oct 08, 2015 :
How manageable/decent is Euros 55000/Year salary in Amsterdam for a family of four?
Moving from NZ to Amsterdam. Family of Four (2 Adults and 2 teenagers). I'm also eligible for the 30% tax-cut as offered by the employer. Not sure what the taxes are, rents seem to be pretty steep. How decent is the above salary. The only thing our family likes doing is eating out and roaming the country (museums, etc.) otherwise no eccentric habits or tastes.
#Lolla on Oct 01, 2015 :
I'm 55 female ,divorced...Have been checking out Amsterdam for about a year...hopefully meet some English speaking people around my age...want to start living life!!!