The Relocation Checklist – What to Remember

Now it’s certain. You landed a new job opportunity in the Netherlands. This means that you and your family are relocating. Chances are that you don’t know much about your new destination. Well, perhaps asides from a few city trips. Starting a new job abroad is exciting, but only if planned out well. Thinking ahead spares you unnecessary stress and prepares you for stepping out into the “new”. Our team at has created a relocation checklist for expats:

1. Tickets and accommodation

This is normally arranged by your new employer, although, it’s a good idea to double-check to avoid any stressful surprises. For a freshly-baked expat a serviced apartment is convenient because all the amenities are included and it is spacious enough for short-term stays (and cheaper!). All apartments offered at are located in business hubs all over the Netherlands, so chances are, also close to your new workplace.

2. Plan Your Route From The Airport

When you land, it’s important you already have an idea of how to reach your temporary home. Most flights arrive at the main airport in Amsterdam, Schiphol or at Eindhoven Airport. If you are landing at Schiphol, it is very well connected with most parts of Amsterdam and other cities. You will find a train station adjoining the airport, buses outside of the building and taxis. You can buy tickets for the trains either at the yellow ticket machines or at the counters under the big train timetable. Eindhoven Airport is also connected with a train station. 

3. Take One or Two Days Off

Moving abroad is a big deal and one or two days off is a minimum to get organized. This means, unpacking your belongings, finding your way around the neighbourhood, opening a bank account and registering with the municipality. The registering process differs per municipality. However, (in most cases) when you are coming to the Netherlands for less than 4 months, you can apply for a citizen service number (BSN) when you register as a non-resident of the Netherlands in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI). If you are staying in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months you have to make an appointment at the municipality. During this appointment you will receive your BSN through the municipal registration and/or residence permit from the IND and/or will provide biometrical information to the IND. Please make sure you are aware of the exact registering process for your new municipality before arrival. 

4. Pack Your Essentials, Store the Rest

Since you are moving, chances are that you will move out of your original place. It’s a good idea to initially bring only essential luggage to help you and your family get through the first weeks at least. The rest you can store in a storage box in your country, or… in your parents’ garage J until you rent an apartment. Storage boxes are pretty convenient, though, and not too expensive. When packing, check if your electronic appliances have the same plug as in the Netherlands – if not, purchase an adaptor (we learned the hard way).

5. Plan Your Commute to Work. 

There are a couple of options depending on how close your serviced apartment is to your office. Walking, public transport, or… the Dutch way of getting around the city: by bicycle! If you need to commute either by bus, tram or train – buying an anonymous or personalized OV chipcard will save you lots of money. We suggest to thinking twice before using your car in Amsterdam and big cities because parking is expensive! It’s also worth downloading the travel app 9292 .

6. Let the Adventure Begin!

Now that you’ve got everything figured out, check your e-mail for check-in instructions. Most of our partners offer virtual check-in which ensures a smooth onboarding. If you need further assistance, you can always call us between 8 am – 6 pm Mon-Fri. 

Enjoy your stay in the Netherlands!