How to Find an Apartment in the Netherlands

The Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market

The Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market

The Netherlands, commonly referred to as Holland, is a country in Europe. It shares borders with Germany and Belgium. The official language is Dutch. The largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht.

Below is a selection of the best resources for searching for an apartment in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Apartment Search Engines

When I’m looking for an apartment abroad, I normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.

  • FundaFunda.nl is the best place to start your search. They are the big boys in apartment rentals in this country.
  • Huurwoningen: Another great real estate search site.
  • Esteon: This site is relatively younger than the others but is a solid resource for expats.
  • Huizenzoeker: This site has thousands of options. It is a good place to go after you’ve exhausted the options above.
  • Pararius: Pararius is another leader in this space. They provide a good 30,000 foot view of all the apartment listings.
  • Wimdu: Windmu is a good site if you are interested in short stay apartments.

Classifieds and Real Estate Agents

You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds and real estate agent listings.

  • Craigslist: Pioneers in the internet classifieds space. These guys have tons of Amsterdam apartment options that are updated daily. Craigslist is the first place I would check after testing out the Amsterdam-specific search engines.
  • Perfect Housing: Perfect Housing is a real estate agency that gets mentions in the blogosphere.
  • Marktplaats: A marketplace where you can find just about anything under the sun…including apartments.
  • Expatica: Expatica provides a good, detailed look into renting a home in the Netherlands.

General Apartment and Housing Search Engines

If you have already exhausted your options above, check out the general apartment and housing search engines below.

  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a great destination for vacation rentals. Search around this site to see what you come up with.
  • HomeAway.comA giant in the vacation rental space with properties featured in countries around the world.
  • AirbnbAirbnb has properties displayed for over 185 countries. You can often get some pretty good deals for short term rentals.

Useful Articles and Blog Posts

Check out the useful article below for more information to help you with your apartment search.

There you have it. The best places for finding an apartment in the Netherlands. If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my article on how to find a job in the Netherlands as a foreigner. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in the Netherlands. Enjoy your stay!

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