Property hunting in the Netherlands can be a trying task. With a population of nearly 17 million and only three million rental homes, it’s about as difficult to find accommodation in the Netherlands as it is, say, in New York City. Most expats will find themselves trudging through the vrije, “free,” or private sector, as social housing is mainly reserved for a select few.
Immigrating to a new country means entering a world of foreign customs. And with these foreign customs comes an even more unfamiliar bureaucracy. To ensure a smooth start to your new beginnings abroad, follow these five initial steps upon arriving in the Netherlands.