As you would expect, the beautiful historic city of Amsterdam is one of the most expensive places in the nation to live, as being a hugely popular destination for European migration means that demand is high, and supply is scarce. In the heart of the capital you can expect to pay between 1,500 – 2,000 a month for an apartment suitable for 2 people, but, much like London or any major metropolitan area, the further outside the centre you venture the less you have to pay. Cities such as The Hague and Rotterdam are much the same, but the suburban areas are much more affordable if you are willing to commute.
The cost of living as a whole in the Netherlands is slightly lower than the rest of its Northern European/Scandinavian neighbours but with similarly adjusted wages (however, these are still higher than southern nations such as Spain and Italy). Compared to the UK, the cost of living in terms of income and rent won’t be a shock to the system. From the official figures of the Dutch government, the average salary in the country in 2018 was in the region of €37,000, enough to live very comfortably.
One important cost, however, that may be overlooked by UK residents is healthcare insurance. Often, employers in the Netherlands may offer health plans as part of your job package, especially for professional positions. Before you relocate, make sure that your situation with healthcare is fully sorted and set in place otherwise an unexpected hospital visit, or ambulance ride could result in you paying in the region of a thousand Euros - for example, stitching a wound in the emergency ward can cost 415. Dutch law dictates all residents, including European migrants, have an excess on their healthcare plan of at least 360 euros, so be sure to check all the details before your move.
Overall, the Netherlands is more than affordable for anyone moving from the United Kingdom – and most importantly, a pint in Amsterdam will cost you at the very most five euros, much cheaper than you could possibly find in the heart of London.
By Mark Crorkin |