Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Rent a Cheap Apartment in Amsterdam By Kara Sand

Are you considering packing up your things and move to Amsterdam? There's a lot of things to think about before you decide to go through with the move. But one of the most important aspects is the costs of living. Amsterdam is a much cheaper place to live than the financial centre in Europe, London, but it's expensive compared to the cheaper capitals in Eastern Europe.

So, how much will the rental of an apartment set me back each month? Where prices are concerned, apartments close to Amsterdam center and along the canals have higher rates. It will be hard to find apartments for lower than Euro 500. Starting price for one-bed apartment will be Euro 500+ in this much sought out area. Of course, you could always look into sharing, perhaps opt for one that seeks house mates.

Or you could check into renting out just a room (as opposed to one apartment). Expatriates usually has a few rooms for rent in the Euro 200 - 300 (per month) range. On Craiglist look under rooms/shared for cheaper accommodation options; the lower priced ones will once again be in the Euro 200 - 300 range.

Looking for even cheaper apartments than the prices mentioned above? Amsterdam is one of the most expensive places to live in Netherlands. Generally, places outside Amsterdam offer lower rental prices. There's always possible to live in nearby towns or cities and commute into Amsterdam. But, of course, the downside of this is that you will lack the flexibility to explore Amsterdam when and how you see fit best.
Dirt Cheap Amsterdam is a travel guide that shows you how to have an inexpensive vacation in Amsterdam. There's also tips about living in Amsterdam and details about the costs of renting apartments.